The Postal Service – Give Up

February 20, 2009
The Postal Service - Give Up

The Postal Service - Give Up

Right when electronic music seemed close to becoming a genre for elitists, emo/indie poster boy Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) and relatively unknown electronic artist Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) started to send each other packages, and some months later the music industry was graced with the glittery, pretentious album of the next three years, Give Up. The truth is that Gibbard’s sweet lyrical content and Tamborello’s creamy electronic melodies and beats aren’t a hell of a lot different than they are on their main projects, but Give Up is milk chocolate; it was clear upon release that the two artists had found their true calling in their careers. Never have Gibbard’s lyrics felt so well surrounded, and never have Tamborello’s productions felt so contextually essential. Gibbard sings of everything from lovely astronaut love poems to more tales of heartbreak that he has mastered the art of, and Tamborello does everything from easygoing electronic pop to exploding breakbeats. The lack of any weak tracks as well as its cohesive and strangely cyclical nature (the ending of “Natural Anthem” seems to segue into the beginning of “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” seamlessly, and I could loop this album for hours) make it one of the truly priceless albums of electronic pop in the decade, and the album that introduced the genre to a wider audience.

The Postal Service

The Postal Service

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