Give Up - The Postal Service
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  • Summary: One of the highlights of Dntel's 2001 debut album was "This Is the Dream of Evan & Chan," where Dntel electronica mastermind Jimmy Tamborello was joined by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard on vocals. Satisfied by those results, the two continued to collaborate (by mail), eventually resulting in enough material for this full album that ventures more into synth-pop/new wave territory than their previous single. Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Gibbard's delicate voice matches the subtle electro arrangements far more precisely than it does the folky guitars of his real group.
  2. Like any worthy match, the coming together gives each aspect assets that they'd be wont to find otherwise, the eletroclashy bursting with depth and the indie-croon thankfully adrenalized.
  3. 80
    The result is somewhere between the Pet Shop Boys' meticulous dance pop and the driving keyboard rock of acts like Zero Zero.
  4. If Pet Shop Boys recorded for Warp Records, the results might be close.
  5. The core tension between Tamborello's complex, almost impossibly dense production and Gibbard's cutting voice makes Give Up a pretty damned strong record, and one with enough transcendent moments to forgive it its few substandard tracks and some ungodly lyrical blunders.
  6. Never once during the course of the album’s ten songs, do its creators even graze the surface of mediocrity, instead settling in the sunny middle ground that Gibbard so often inhabits.
  7. 30
    Give Up is a record that says, well, nothing. [#58, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 80
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 80
  3. Negative: 2 out of 80
  1. JCP
    Jul 9, 2003
    an absolute addiction. The only problem with the disc arises when you ask what will happen if they don't make another. 3 hours with this and you'll have the month's music sorted. Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2013
    Unique, pure, astonishing and original. This is the only album that The Postal Service has ever released, but it's an absolute work of art. With its unique synthesized tracks to it's well written songs delivered by the lead singer from Death Cab For Cutie. Sadly, this album as well as the artist is not as well known as it should be, they get credibility for their most famous song "Such Great Heights" and pretty much nothing else. This album combines melancholy with happiness and the two mix perfectly, and create some of the most absurdly catch tracks I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Expand
  3. alanj
    May 24, 2004
  4. AlexandraA
    Jul 4, 2005
    the postal service is amazing! its addicting i just have to listen to it. i know no other that can come close to the postal service
  5. MattJ
    Mar 14, 2006
    Put it this way, its been in my car for 2 years!
  6. LukasF
    Jul 24, 2007
    Not only is the technopop beat addictive, but the vocals blend wonderfully into each song. Absolutely amazing.
  7. yikut
    Mar 10, 2005
    after dntel's 'life is full of possiblites' and 'evan & chan' i had such high hopes for this. it was such a disappointment. ive tried several times to listen to it but for me, it lacks any sort of strength or reason. i was expecting something with the emotional force of 'evan and chan' and a little more of dntel in there. i was also disappointed that the idm elements of dntel were all watered down. it was more figurine than dntel. im glad that so many people liked it and will maybe go back and find some dntel. for me, i just couldnt get into it. Expand

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