Ever since Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard got engaged to Zooey Deschanel - one of the most desirable women in indie music and film - his songs of lost love, mourning and regret have gotten harder to swallow. Surely Gibbard's life is a lot rosier these days.
This five-song EP of leftovers from the Narrow Stairs sessions might've been written pre-Deschanel, so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt. My Mirror Speaks, the strongest track, is one of Death Cab's best songs since Plans; strange that it was excluded from Stairs. A dour ukulele version of Talking Bird, however, should never have left Gibbard's eight-track. Unless you're a desperate DCFC fan in need of satiation, The Open Door isn't worth the purchase.
Top track: My Mirror Speaks