Narrow Stairs

Atlantic Records
Release date
9 May 2008
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bixby Canyon Bridge 5:15 266,587
2 I Will Possess Your Heart 8:35 437,318
3 No Sunlight 2:40 317,646
4 Cath... 3:49 277,841
5 Talking Bird 3:23 235,707
6 You Can Do Better Than Me 1:59 241,336
7 Grapevine Fires 4:07 341,452
8 Your New Twin Sized Bed 3:06 248,206
9 Long Division 3:50 232,959
10 Pity and Fear 4:21 218,084
11 The Ice Is Getting Thinner 3:45 245,068
12 I Will Possess Your Heart (Radio Edit) 0:30 21,301
13 Album Credits [As Read by Mike West] 2:51 16,935

About this album

Narrow Stairs is the sixth studio album by band Death Cab for Cutie. It was released on May 12, in the United Kingdom and released on May 13, 2008 in the United States. The first single of the album was I Will Possess Your Heart, released on March 18, 2008. The second single will be Cath….


In October , Chris Walla, producer and guitarist, said that Death Cab for Cutie’s new album “is in full swing; we’re six songs in. ” He went on to say “thus far it’s pretty weird and pretty spectacular; lots of blood. It’s creepy and heavy… we’ve got a ten minute long Can jam, and had you suggested that possibility to me in , I’d have eaten your puppy’s brain with a spoon.” In a Billboard piece, Walla promised a “curve ball” and described the album: “It’s really weird. It’s really, really good, I think, but it’s totally a curve ball, and I think it’s gonna be a really polarizing record. But I’m really excited about it. It’s really got some teeth. The landscape of the thing is way, way more lunar than the urban meadow sort of thing that has been happening for the last couple of records.” Walla went on to say, “[It’s also] louder and more dissonant and … I think abrasive would be a good word to use. heavy, sludgy, slow metal band Brainiac.” Ben Gibbard, lead singer and writer, commented, “I just don’t feel like we really have anything to prove of it other than to ourselves and to making a record we really enjoy.”

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