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Postal Service, The - Give Up
Label: Sub Pop
Release: 2003

The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
Such Great Heights
Sleeping In
Nothing Better
Recycled Air
Clark Gable
We Will Become Silhouettes
This Place Is a Prison
Brand New Colony
Natural Anthem
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The Postal Service is the name of Death Cab For Cutie's frontman, Ben Gibbard, latest work. It combines the efforts of Jimmy Tamborello, of the band Dntel, and even has Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis, as a guest vocalist on the album. So we have Death Cab For Cutie meets electronic Dntel, with a dash of Rilo Kiley. It cant be bad, right......... right?

The final product is an amazing album, clocking in at just under 45 minutes. And, thankfully, it's an entirely different monster than Death Cab. It stays away from guitars, and ventures into snyth. However, it doesn’t lose Ben Gibbard's charm in songwriting and voice.
A friend described this music as very cute. So cute that you want to say awwwww, and pinch its cheek. But not cute in a bad way, it works quite well for the album.

Sleeping In" is a prime example, featuring lyrics such as "no concerns about the world getting warmer/
people thought that they were just being rewarded/for treating others like they want to be treated/for obeying stop signs and curing diseases". It reminds us of all those lazy days we don't want to go to work with the chorus, "don't wake me I plan on sleeping in."

On "Nothing Better," Jenny lends some of her talent. In a rare song where the protagonist and antagonist both song on the track, Ben sings as a guy who has his heart ripped out by a girl. Then Jenny chimes in, as the girl who ripped his heart out. Ben pleads to the girl “tell me am I right to think that there could be nothing better/than making you my bride and slowly growing old together.” In a lovely message to Ben, and the emo kids crying over ex-girlfriends, Jenny sings "Don’t you feed me lines about some idealistic future/your heart won’t heal right if you keep tearing out the sutures."

I could rant on and on about each track, which are each small wonders in themselves, but the songs speak for themselves. This album has been all the rage of the indie scene lately, even getting popular buzz, such as MTV's You Heard It First. Sub-Pop has released two singles for the album at the time of posting, "Such Great Hights" and "District Sleeps Alone Tonight." Everyone who I have seen listen to this CD has really enjoyed it, so give “Give Up” a chance and listen to it for yourself.

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