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Thursday, December 02, 2004

POSTAL SERVICE - GIVE UP 

Album: Give Up
Artist: Postal Service
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Telling indie rock fans about Postal Service is sort of like telling radio fans about Hey Ya. Give Up has been popping up on the best of lists for almost every music review site or magazine.

Postal Service is the work of Jimmy Tamborello (Figurine, DNTEL) and Ben Gibbard (from the now famous, Death Cab for Cutie). Jimmy constructed the beats, and Ben wrote the lyrics. The team first worked together on (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan on the DNTEL album, Life is Full of Possibilities. Unfortunately none of this album reaches the greatness of that song, but that is not surprising. Lyrically, some of these songs fall short of the songs crafted for DCFC and slide towards poppy radio ditties that lack the emotion Ben usually delivers.

That being said, this is a great album. Tamborello crafts the hooks to these songs so well and Ben's strong melodies mask the weaker lyrics, producing an end result is very enjoyable.

Perhaps the strongest song is the first song (and the second single released), The District Sleeps Alone Tonight. The beat is created perfectly, and builds as the song grows to match Ben's lyrics. The album is a 45 minute mix of precisely constructed instrumentation and lyrics focusing on depressing reflection of lost love in true Ben Gibbard fashion. The backup vocals of Jenny Wood help bring life to the tracks, especially considering the lyric content.

Highlights include: Clark Gable, We Become Silhouettes and Such Great Heights

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