Release Date: April 11, 2006
While the 13 cinematic videos are definitely the main attraction, viewers are likely to be curious as to how all these directors were selected and why they chose their respective themes. Thankfully, this curiosity will not go unsatisfied with bonuses that do explore all the what's, hows, and whys of Directions.
UG Team, on august 18, 2006 8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Sound: Before you think you know what to expect on a music DVD, you might have to catch a glimpse of Death Cab For Cutie's Directions. What the band has done is an admirable artistic endeavor that feels more like a cinematic experience than your usual music videos. In fact, at times it seems the band is the composer for 13 mini-movies' individual musical scores. A statement on the back cover of the DVD declares the ultimate intention of creating a visual companion to the band's 2005 CD Plans. Death Cab For Cutie (Ben Gibbard on vocals, Chris Walla on guitars, Nick Harmer on bass, and Jason McGerr on drums) has always played intriguingly dreamy music, but Directions allows the sound of the band to take on a new life.
The music from Plans possesses an atmospheric quality to it and is strong enough to go without any images at all. But you almost feel like your hearing a new version of a song like Stable Song altogether when played on a home theater system. It should be noted that the primary focus is not necessarily on just the band and it's music, but rather the visuals that go along with it on Directions. But even with all the creative ideas that are seen on the DVD, the songs don't ever get too overshadowed. // 9
Overall Impression: While the 13 cinematic videos are definitely the main attraction, viewers are likely to be curious as to how all these directors were selected and why they chose their respective themes. Thankfully, this curiosity will not go unsatisfied with bonuses that do explore all the what's, hows, and whys of Directions. There is also time allotted to a band interview, but you come away wanting to know more about the videos than the band this time around -- and that's pretty refreshing in this case.
For audiences who are not fans of laid-back, soft rock, Directions may be a little too much to take on all at once. Death Cab For Cutie's purpose, however, seems to be more about the directors and their interpretation of the music. This act of artistic courage definitely is a rarity in the rock world today and the result this time around is a series of fascinating images that are too good to be called just videos. // 9