Label: Barsuk Records
The Postal Service fans should be delighted to hear Ben Gibbard's home demos included on this 10th anniversary edition of one of Death Cab's most successful albums. They'll also fascinate diehard fans: Who knew "Title and Registration" began with a country undercurrent, or that "Death of an Interior Decorator" began as downright Tom Waits-ian clanging? Highlights include "Tiny Vessels," with its textures pared down so the prettiness doesn't overshadow the meanness of the lyrics. And "Passenger Seat" finds its legs with wobbling sea shanty piano a la Archers of Loaf's "Chumming the Oceans."