Give Up- The Postal Service
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  • The thing I love most about this album is that the background music and the vocals are always both outstanding standing alone, and when combined together they really create what music was meant to be
  • My favourite song off of this album is Nothing Better
  • I highly recommend this album to anyone who is a Dntel or Death Cab for Cutie fan, or anyone who likes electronic pop in general

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      The Postal Service is an almost legendary band in the indie rock scene. A collaborative project by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel, it is an electronic indie rock band whose one and only album was released back in 2003. Give Up was that album. Since then, despite popular demand and rumours, the second album has still not been released.

      The thing I love most about this album is that the background music and the vocals are always both outstanding standing alone, and when combined together they really create what music was meant to be. The steady electronic beat mixing harmoniously with the vocals and the stunning, thought provoking lyrics really do make the dream combination. I am a


      big fan of electronic music and indie rock and to hear them put together like this has really blown me over. I have heard Owl City (another electronic project that leans more towards pop) being compared to them but the Postal Service seems to have a magical quality to their music that Owl City really does not possess.

      The delivery of the vocals is amazing. In this age where basically anyone can be a sensational singer with a little help from a fairy called Auto-Tune, to hear actual singing is becoming a rarity. The vocals feel very basic and not at all overblown by the use of technology to make it sound louder or fuller. They add to the feeling of simplicity in the lyrics ...


      • being sung, and emotion is conveyed in a much more realistic fashion.

        The lyrics, however simple they may appear on the surface, get very complicated once you start thinking about them. They are often sadly cynical about love and life in general, with the singer often questioning the veracity of his feelings. They are quite easy to relate to, because this questioning is something just about everybody can identify with.

        My favourite song off of this album is Nothing Better. It’s a duet featuring Jen Wood from Tattle Tale and is a song about a couple about to break up. The male singer tries to persuade his girlfriend that he will not make any more mistakes in the future, but the female singer rebukes him

        and leaves him by the end of the song. The musical introduction before the lyrics start is astounding, and the lyrics are heartbreaking in their optimism. The girlfriend’s rejection of his plea to continue their relationship is honest and understandable, and it feels impossible to choose sides in their argument. The song actually manages to tell a story, and leaves a lot to the listener’s imagination without violating the original intent of the lyricist.

        All in all, this is one of my favourite albums of all time and at $7.99 on iTunes it’s an extremely good deal that is most definitely worth it. I highly recommend this album to anyone who is a Dntel or Death Cab for Cutie fan, or anyone who likes electronic pop in general.




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