Music: Major Label, Minor Key

Death Cab for Cutie is primed for a big moment. If only the band's songs didn't feel quite so small

Over the course of four albums and innumerable appearances inside the heads of characters on The O.C., the Seattle-based quartet Death Cab for Cutie has established itself as the go-to band for a particular kind of postadolescent melancholy. The standard Death Cab song, sung in the earnest and always reasonable voice of Ben Gibbard, hews to the belief that the world is big and tough, that we are small and bruise easily--so let's stay small, stay together and hope for the best.

If you hadn't guessed by now, Death Cab for Cutie can be as precious as a unicorn on a Hello...

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