We Will Become Silhouettes

November 15, 2005 | Format: MP3

$3.96
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5:02


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Label: Sub Pop Records
  • Copyright: 2005 Sub Pop Records
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  • Total Length: 16:34
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  • ASIN: B000YMUH2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,832 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I know ... it's a single.
Charles Park
This collection of singles retains all of the charm and lyric sophistication of the other Postal Service work.
Amanda G. Black
What is even better, the remixes are good.
E. A Solinas

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Rodriguez on February 27, 2005
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I didn't think I was missing much until I got this single, its as or more addictive than the album. Worth every penny just for "Be Still My Heart" and the remixes give the other tracks an incredibly fresh sound and feel. If you love Postal Service you will LOVE this single! Cheers.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 11, 2005
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A band like the Postal Service produces singles easily -- their trip-hop is fresh, sweet and wistful, as well as being wickedly catchy. And Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborell (Dntel) were in top form in the wistful, lyrically weird "We Will Become Silhouettes."

A flowing, strange story-song, "We Will Become Silhouettes" tells what happens when for some reason, the air causes cells to "Divide at an alarming rate until our shells/Simply cannot hold all our insides in,/And that's when we'll explode/(and it won't be a pretty sight)." Interpret that as you will, but the apocalyptic whimsy of it is irresistable.

A new song follows it: "Be Still My Heart," an enchanting little ballad with rapid percussion overlaid with organ and synth. "Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix)" is a fair remix that is off in some parts (what is with that fizzing noise?) but retains the plaintiveness as the original. And finally there is the laid-back "We Will Become Silhouettes (Matthew Dear's Not Scared Mix)," which is stripped-down and fragile-sounding.

"We Will Become Silhouettes" is a bit of an oddball song, on an album full of songs about loneliness and lost love. Lyrically, it sounds like one of the Flaming Lips' more mainstream songs. Not that that's a bad thing -- it adds a sense of strangeness and fun to Postal Service's debut. It certainly reflects in the cover, with a rather startled-looking young man surrounded by people who are fading away.

This single does a good job of also showing off the kinds of music that Postal Service can do -- the title song is poppy and smooth, while the second is sort of synthy-drummy. What is even better, the remixes are good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda G. Black on July 19, 2006
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This collection of singles retains all of the charm and lyric sophistication of the other Postal Service work. We Will Become Silhouettes appears on two tracks. The original is ethereal and upbeat. Matthew Dear's Not Scared Mix takes it to the next level, making the happy song even catchier. Be Still My Heart will be a favorite of Such Great Heights fans. With story lyrics and happy back beat, the song is something to listen to when you need a pick-me-up. Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix) launches straight into electronica.
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The Postal Service always teeters on the edge of being too twee... and _We Will Become Silhouettes_ showcases this fine line. The light glitchiness help leaven Gibbard's lyric, which themselves walk the line of precious and meaningful. "Be Still My Heart" grounds itself with a deeper bassline to counterbalance the sweet, if silly, romantic tendencies. Styrofoam, in his own work, has leaned increasingly on vocalists, and on his mix of "Nothing Better," adds an appealing crunciness to the track. Matthew Dear takes on "We Will Be Become Silhouettes" by stripping out the rhythm except for a click track and filling the background with broken, disembodied voices -- a surprise, considering how much rhythm plays into his own work -- but here, it supplies a nice contrast to the original.
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Firstly, if you like any Postal Service song, the album Give Up is essential. The three singles released from it are good supplements, but should certainly not replace it.

As to the single for "We Will Become Silhouettes," it is excellent. The first track is simply the version found on Give Up. Tracks three and four are cool remixes, one of the title track and one of another Give Up track, "Nothing Better." The latter is particularly good. The highlight here, however, is "Be Still My Heart," a lovely song that would not have been out of place on Give Up. It has a great sound and wonderful lyrics and is by itself worth the few dollars this single costs.
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I know ... it's a single. But I love just about everything that The Postal Service puts out. I just wish it were longer. It's wonderful.
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