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Give Up

The Postal ServiceAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews)

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You can spend all the time and money in the world trying to craft the perfect pop-music scenario, but sometimes the stars have to align all by themselves. Even though early on the members of The Postal Service jokingly referred to “Such Great Heights” as “the hit” on their debut album, Give Up, there’s no way anyone could have predicted the eventual impact made by ... Read more in Amazon's The Postal Service Store

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  • Audio CD (February 18, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B000089CJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
2. Such Great Heights
3. Sleeping In
4. Nothing Better
5. Recycled Air
6. Clark Gable
7. We Will Become Silhouettes
8. This Place Is a Prison
9. Brand New Colony
10. Natural Anthem

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Give Up, the debut release by this indie supergroup composed of Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Tamborello from Dntel, is a smart, quaint, and often transcendent little pop record. The roots of the album lie in "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan," a woozy, gorgeous song recorded for the rad 2001 Dntel album Life Is Full of Possibilities. With Jimmy in L.A. and Ben in Seattle, the two simply mailed tracks back and forth, collaborating via (you guessed it) the United States Post Office. Lyrically it’s far breezier and happier (though not too happy) than anything Gibbard had written up to this point for Death Cab. The music is an elastic, very smart update of synth-pop and the melodies crystal clear, while the backing vocals courtesy of Jen Wood and Jenny Lewis are spartan and pretty. The songs stick in your head for days at a time. Forget the tags that have been thrown up against this music--Poptronica? New new new order? Please just enjoy this album. It just might be a classic--but of what exactly, we’re not quite sure. --Mike McGonigal

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The collaboration between Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello is an album of breezy electronic pop that updates classic 80s synth-pop with contemporary beats.

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410 of 430 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously sweet & addictive poptronica April 22, 2003
By nycgirl
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I read a review for this album as "...so good that, in a just world, it would stop the war on its own."
Oh, how right that is.
A distinctly modern melange of nü wave, dance, alterna-pop, and synth, I'd best describe Postal Service as "Electro-indie". If you're a child of the 80s like me who grew up with New Order, OMD, Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys, no need to read further--you'll immediately love "Give Up".
In the midst of NYC's current electroclash craze which is so overhyped at times (gosh, just lay down some minimal synths and have some bored models chant vocals), Postal Service is the outstanding contender as the smartest electro band of the year with an album that's so emotional (melody-wise and lyric-wise), so beautiful, and so well-produced that it puts bands like Fischerspooner to shame. Jenny Lewis' angelic, trance-like girlish voice enhances Gibbard's boyish vocals. Catchy, simple-sounding but beautifully complex, every single track---and I mean every single one--is up to par.
notable faves are:
1- "District Sleeps Alone Tonight" - Angelic and soft, gradual fades of breakbeats, staccatos and instrumentals with enchanting melody and lyrics that speed up and slow down. Gorgeous.
4- "Nothing Better" - Electro pop at its finest. This duet is so unbelievably catchy, melancholic yet bubbly, sweetened with a bouncy bass line and perfectly placed tweaks and twiddles.
9- "Brand New Colony" - An emotional track intertwined with the twinkly theme from Super Mario Brothers. Brimming with nostalgia, you can hear the gold coins spinning and ka-chingin' as you make Mario jump.
10- "Natural Anthem" - A fierce, drum 'n bass-influenced track in the style of Aphex and other IDM'ers. The junglist in me loves this. A great way to end this five-star album.
But you'll find your own favorites. Every track was just so satisfyingly good, I nearly cried at the end. You just don't hear people making music like this nowadays.
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142 of 166 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Junkmedia.org Review- Such Great Heights April 17, 2003
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Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard knew they were on to something good as soon as they finished collaborating on the track "(This is) the Dream of Evan and Chan." That compelling combination of Tamborello's melodic knob-twiddling and Gibbard's literate vocals and forlorn delivery was the triumph of Dntel's acclaimed 2001 release Life Is Full of Possibilities. Not long after that first collaboration, The Postal Service was born. The relative strangers began recording in December 2001, swapping tracks on CD-Rs through the mail.
Listening to the act's debut brings back the same sort of giddiness inspired in me by New Order's Low Life when I first picked it up a decade-and-a-half ago. The Postal Service expertly channels that adolescent spirit with an awkward blend of dance beats and melodic songwriting. However, the duo has updated the sound for the millennial set, pleasantly mixing Depeche Mode beats and bass lines, Pet Shop Boys melodies and Warp Records-styled twinkling tones and clicks. Orchestral samples and pseudo horns add an unusual flavor to "Clark Gable." Chunky, monophonic Casio-sounding keys tie the vocals to the beat in "Nothing Better."
Two of the album's highlights appear right at the front end of the record. The first song, "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight," leads with brooding organ, before beats saunter in and steadily cruise through the first verse and chorus to a clean, ringing guitar riff. A second chorus pumps even harder and defies you to not sing along. This despite a characteristically bumming realization repeated by Gibbard: "I am finally seeing why I was the one worth leaving" (Christ, Benny, just stick a fork through my heart, why don't you?). Track two, "Such Great Heights," has already been released as a single.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am thinking it's a sign.... September 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Postal Service had an unusual start. No, not THAT postal service, but the unique band behind one of the best albums of 2003, the indie-electronic "Give Up." Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello exchanged tapes through the mail, sculpting the sweet, melancholy trip-hop masterpiece "Give Up".

It starts off on strong footing with the melancholy, angelic-voiced "District Sleeps Alone Tonight" with its solemn organ opener. The second song is even stronger -- the sparkling, upbeat "Such Great Heights," an adoring love song from a guy to his on-the-road girlfriend. "They will see us waving/from such great heights/come down now!/they'll say/but everything looks perfect from far away..."

With such a great opener, the rest of the album is almost garuanteed to be lackluster. But Gibbard and Tamborello manage to keep the quality up with the delicate "Sleeping In," ethereal "Nothing Better," and the dreamily majestic "Recycled Air" with its backdrop of string-like synth. "Give Up" ends on a slightly darker note with the dark, grittier "This Place is a Prison" and the fast-paced but strange "Brand New Colony," before finishing off with the magnificently cacophonous "Natural Anthem."

"Give Up" was originally recorded in a rather weird way, with Gibbard and Tamborello exchanging packages with recorded CDs inside. Not your typical way of making music, and some might have scoffed at this unorthodox method. But it pays off beautifully -- the melodious poppy sound of Postal Service is absolutely intoxicating. It's a perfect mix of beats, clicks, dreamy synth and sweet vocals. Gibbard's clear voice is a little sad, and contemplative, and is backed up in some songs by Jen Wood and Jenny Lewis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in good time.
I bought this record as a gift, and it arrived really promptly! I ended up breaking up with the guy I gave it too. Also, he didn't have a record player. Ah, well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
This album is absolutely amazing, I've listened to it over and over since I've received it! As far as the actual record goes it arrived in perfect condition and has not... Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Freed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Warm sound comes from this album, off my turntable.
I have strayed from my MP3 player and have been relying mainly on my turntable for music. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amanda Severing
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well and came in good condition.
The cd arrived promptly and in good condition which is all I could ask for since it was already known that I loved the cd.
Published 13 months ago by T.J. Reagon
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential album!
Ran into this album through Garden State. Ok movie, wonderful music! A nice mix of things that doesn't sound like anything else on the radio.
Published 15 months ago by Sean Herman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album.
What else is there to say! Love this group and this album. It's very upbeat and makes me smile every time I listen to it.
Published 16 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar album
The Postal Service have really made their mark on musical history with this album. Ben Gibbard is a masterful artist, and he has composed a true masterpiece with "Give Up". Read more
Published 17 months ago by jflory7
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but hoping for more.
As a Death Cab fan, I was hoping this release from The Postal Service would be a little more fulfilling than it turned out to be. The songs are nicely crafted synth based ditties. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dktrwu2
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome excellentness
I am in love with this CD. If I could, I would marry it and bear it's children. Go buy it. That is all.
Published 18 months ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
The level of audio fidelity gained from listening to vinyl version of this album is well worth the purchase price.
Published 18 months ago by Steven Clarke
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Sure! They were (Postal service) somewhat influenced by them! Actually, they even remixed one of their songs; "Do you realize??". Well, do you? ;)
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