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All-Time Quarterback
All-Time Quarterback
Barsuk Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Between the release of Something About Airplanes and We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie thought a bunch of the songs he was writing for the band didn't quite fit with their sound and instead of shoving them aside or throwing them out, he put them out solo.

Working under the moniker of All-Time Quarterback, Gibbard's alternate works were released in the form of two lo-fi releases: Envelope Sessions on cassette and a five-song self-titled outing on compact disc. Now, in the wake of Death Cab for Cutie's huge success post-We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes and particularly post-The Photo Album, Barsuk has decided to cash in and re-release the All-Time Quarterback material, long since out of print. The result is a new enhanced digital disc that includes all five songs of the original self-titled CD and six songs off the Envelope Sessions tape.

Still quite similar to Death Cab for Cutie to my ears, All-Time Quarterback is not doing anything interesting or unique with the tried and true DCFC sound. All-Time Quarterback is wrought with songs that can be found more on the boring side of the Death Cab For Cutie spectrum of song. Although it does have it's moments, the only major difference between ATQ and DCFC is the obvious super-lo-fi aspect of the production.

If you're really into Death Cab I would advise you to pick this album up as soon as you can. There are a couple of songs on All-Time Quarterback that any Death Cab fan would love - tracks like "Plans Get Complex", "Dinner at Eight in the Suburbs" and "Underwater." But if you're not simply ga-ga for all things Death Cab, All-Time Quarterback is not going to floor you. It probably won't even give you a little emotive push.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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