First impressions are a bitch, and there are a few things that bother me about the first single from Death Cab for Cutie’s forthcoming album Narrow Stairs (May 13).
For starters, releasing a lead single that is 8 minutes, 35 seconds is slightly off-putting, not to mention that the first four minutes consist of just an instrumental build-up (great bass line, though). Then after waiting through said four-minute build-up, Ben Gibbard’s too-pretty voice feels like a bit of a letdown. It’s far too dramatic of an introduction for Gibbard to sustain. I have to wonder if I’d ever sit through this song again if it were on my iPod.
Then there’s the matter of the actual title of the song: I Will Possess Your Heart. G-g-g-g-aaaaah. I wanted to argue with a friend who once said Gibbard’s word choices always seem just too perfect, everything is just so. But now I’m going to have to agree. I Will Possess Your Heart. What’s wrong with I Will Own Your Heart? Or even I’ll Own Your Heart? I Will Possess Your Heart. God damn it. That is just way too precious for its own good.
Again, I love the bass line, and the piano flourishes flesh out the sound. But can we have a radio edit version instead?