It’s hard to get to know an album without any recognizable ‘singles.’ I usually force myself to listen to a disc beginning to end over and over until i develop some favourites to look forward to, and then i backtrack to all the other songs relative to their position in regards to my favourites. or something. Of that massive cd influx i just experiences, Madonna’s are the only albums i know anything on, which makes each album delightfully fresh yet frighteningly unknown. The latest aural fixation is indy-rock-stars Death Cab For Cutie, who i only had previously owned a scant 5-song EP by. I owned it and loved it, so over break i paid their (excellent) label Barsuk Records a visit and came away with $30 and four discs (plus one demo tape). I’ve not managed to form opinions on the rest of my order, but DeathCab’s We have the facts and we’re voting yes is a nearly flawless album with engagingly non-poetic lyrics and that nearly trademarked indy-squeak on all of the vocals. I’ve seen both the Forbidden Love EP and the album on numerous 2000 best-of lists, and it looks like i’ll be seconding that endorsement. Currently on track 3 of my fourth repetition in the third set of repetitions. And they’re all favourites, so far.