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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  1. Positive: 78 out of 80
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 80
  3. Negative: 2 out of 80
  1. 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
  2. May 25, 2011
    One of the few albums I still regularly listen to after nearly 5 years of owning it. I'm so glad I found this; I only wish I'd found it earlier. Brilliant. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2013
    For an album made almost a decade ago, this is still some of the most original material I have ever heard. The light and conscious lyricism, the various blips and bleeps make it so fun to listen to. Everything feels like it was put together one piece at a time, but of all the things that have been done like that, this feels RIGHT. The vocals are relaxing, perfect for any time of the day. This makes a definite top 5 for myself personally. Haven't listened to it? Go buy it and be a cool person. Expand
  4. Oct 28, 2010
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  5. Mar 15, 2011
    Give Up is really different. Nothing you'll ever hear. It's a beautiful album. Ben Gibbard's smooth lyrics and vocals go perfectly with the pop synth beats. The opener "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" is a wonderful track to start the album off with. "Sleeping In" and Such Great Heights" Are also great songs. Each song really stands out. All In All, The tracks are amazing and the synth beats will stay in your head. A- Expand

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