Release date
7 Oct 2003
Running length
10 tracks
Running time


    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The New Year 3:59 428,260
2 Lightness 3:30 392,715
3 Title and Registration 3:39 516,003
4 Expo '86 3:49 357,618
5 The Sound of Settling 2:12 562,794
6 Tiny Vessels 4:21 403,460
7 Transatlanticism 8:10 507,271
8 Passenger Seat 3:16 388,653
9 Death of an Interior Decorator 2:56 336,329
10 We Looked Like Giants 10:17 375,789

About this album

Transatlanticism is the fourth studio album by Death Cab for Cutie, released October 7, 2003 on Barsuk Records. Prior to the album’s release, Ben Gibbard stated: “…unlike The Photo Album, I feel like this record is definitely more like a proper album. We’ve tried to construct it with transitions of songs going in and out of each other, and I think it’s a little bit more expansive than the last record.”

The album peaked at number 97 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The album has been certified Gold in the U.S. It is available on CD, SACD, and vinyl.

The album is Jason McGerr’s first as the band’s drummer. The album was rated the 57th best of the decade by Rolling Stone.

The album received highly positive reviews, and is to date the band’s most acclaimed album. Transatlanticism scored an 85 on Metacritic, indicating “universal acclaim”. Rob Theakston of Allmusic stated, “It’s the group’s maturity as musicians as well as songwriters that make Transatlanticism such a decadently good listen from start to finish” and gave it 4.5 stars out of 5.

Among the most critical of the album was William Morris from Pitchfork Media, who stated, “Transatlanticism dulls the edges of their usually acute divinations”, although he gave the album a positive review.

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