Ben Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie's voice and resident wordsmith, is the best lyricist of the past decade -- although the insufferable indie-rock glitterati might argue that the title belongs to Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy, who holds a degree in creative writing. While Meloy's hyper-literate prose is certainly impressive, the songs are hardly as resonant -- especially for listeners who are not quite as erudite. Meanwhile, Gibbard's lines are just as painstakingly well-crafted -- the guy's verses are written out in complete sentences, for chrissakes -- and his songs, which are poignant, tangible tales of heartbreak and alienation, are imbued with a consistently gut-wrenching pathos. Granted, Gibbard has been phoning it in a little since his moonlighting stint with... More >>>