The Open Door EP

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The Open Door EP
Open Door EP.jpg
EP by Death Cab for Cutie
Released March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
Genre Alternative rock
Producer Chris Walla
Death Cab for Cutie chronology
Narrow Stairs
(2008)Narrow Stairs2008
The Open Door EP
Codes and Keys
(2011)Codes and Keys2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB+[3]
No Ripcord7/10 stars[5]
Now3/5 stars[6]
Robert ChristgauA-[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Under the Radar6/10 stars[10]

The Open Door EP is an extended play by Washington band Death Cab for Cutie, comprising songs recorded during the Narrow Stairs sessions and a demo version of the track "Talking Bird" from the album.[11]

Regarding the release, Ben Gibbard states:

Were all written with the songs from Narrow Stairs during, I guess, what would be the end of 2006 into 2007, as we were moving towards recording the album. All these songs, with the exception of "Little Bribes," were recorded during the sessions for Narrow Stairs.[12]

The album was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ben Gibbard except where noted.

1."Little Bribes" 2:46
2."A Diamond and a Tether" 3:58
3."My Mirror Speaks"Gibbard/Nick Harmer3:30
4."I Was Once a Loyal Lover" 3:23
5."Talking Bird (Demo)" 3:19
iTunes Store bonus tracks
1."Grapevine Fires (Music Video)"4:20

Release history[edit]

The EP was initially released digitally on March 31, 2009, followed by a physical CD release on April 7, 2009 at live performances and a retail release on April 14, 2009.[14] It has peaked at #30 on the Billboard 200.


  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for The Open Door EP". Metacritic. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "The Open Door EP - Death Cab for Cutie". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ Modell, Josh (April 14, 2009). "Death Cab For Cutie: The Open Door EP". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Monfette, Chris (April 14, 2009). "Death Cab for Cutie: The Open Door Review". IGN. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Nash, Cara (April 12, 2009). "Death Cab For Cutie: The Open Door EP". No Ripcord. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ Keller, Jason (May 6–13, 2009). "Death Cab For Cutie: The Open Door (Atlantic)". Now. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ Dovey, Rachel (April 14, 2009). "Death Cab for Cutie: The Open Door EP :: Music :: Reviews". Paste. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Death Cab for Cutie". Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ Vilanova, John (April 28, 2009). "The Open Door". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ Passman, Aaron (May 21, 2009). "The Open Door EP". Under the Radar. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Death Cab Opens the Door". Noise Press. Retrieved on 2009-03-23
  12. ^ Hilleary, Mike. "Death Cab for Cutie Interview | Under The Radar". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  13. ^ Grammy Nominations list
  14. ^ Local Time 07:48:45 Weather and time is for Seattle, WA. "Death Cab for Cutie :: News :: 'The Open Door EP'". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 

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