Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
Featuring one of the best songs heard this year, the long, albeit brilliantly composed "I Will Posses Your Heart", with its sensuous bass line and its unbearably sexy rhythm section making an incredible intro for four whole minutes before Ben Gibbard's distinctive vocals kick in, it was difficult not to include Death Cab For Cutie's "Narrow Stairs" in my top-20 list. This is their sixth album - they have been active since 1998, and became better known with their fourth LP, "Transatlanticism", many of whose songs were included into numerous film and TV-series soundtracks back in 2004 and 2005. And although they do indulge in some really epic moments like the aforementioned track, they still conjure the fragile melancholy tunes they have been mostly known for, still using intricate melodies and moving the sound of the band forward. Miss this at your own peril.