Give Up

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Coming off their work on Dntel's beautiful This Is the Dream of Evan and Chan, Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard team up again for their full-length debut as Postal Service, Give Up. Instead of covering that EP's territory again, with this album the duo crafts a poppier, new wave-inflected sound that recalls Tamborello's work with Figurine more than Dntel's lovely subtlety. However, Ben Gibbard's famously bittersweet vocals and sharp, sensitive lyrics imbue Give Up with more emotional heft than you might expect from a synth pop album, especially one by a side project from musicians as busy as Tamborello and Gibbard are. The album exploits the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Coming off their work on Dntel's beautiful This Is the Dream of Evan and Chan, Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard team up again for their full-length debut as Postal Service, Give Up. Instead of covering that EP's territory again, with this album the duo crafts a poppier, new wave-inflected sound that recalls Tamborello's work with Figurine more than Dntel's lovely subtlety. However, Ben Gibbard's famously bittersweet vocals and sharp, sensitive lyrics imbue Give Up with more emotional heft than you might expect from a synth pop album, especially one by a side project from musicians as busy as Tamborello and Gibbard are. The album exploits the contrast between the cool, clean synths and Gibbard's all-too-human voice to poignant and playful effect, particularly on Give Up's first two tracks. "The District Sleeps Alone" bears Gibbard's trademark songwriting, augmented by glitchy electronics and sliced-and-diced strings, while "Such Great Heights"' pretty pop could easily appear on a Death Cab for Cutie album, minus a synth or two. Despite some nods to more contemporary electronic pop, Give Up's sound is based in classic new wave and synth pop, at times resembling an indie version of New Order or the Pet Shop Boys. Songs like "Nothing Better," a duet that plays like an update on Human League's "Don't You Want Me?," and the video-game brightness of "Brand New Colony" sound overtly like the '80s brought into the present, but the tinny, preset synth and drum sounds on the entire album recall that decade. Sometimes, as on "Recycled Air" and "We Will Become Silhouettes," the retro sounds become distracting, but for the most part they add to the album's playful charm. The spooky ballad "This Place Is a Prison" is perhaps the most modern-sounding track and the closest in sound and spirit to Gibbard and Tamborello's Dntel work. The crunchy, distorted beats and sparkling synths recall both This Is the Dream of Evan and Chan and Björk's recent work; indeed, this song, along with the "All Is Full of Love" cover Death Cab included on their Stability EP, could be seen as an ongoing tribute to her. Overall, Give Up is a fun diversion for Tamborello, Gibbard, and their fans. It doesn't scale the heights of either of their main projects, but it's far more consistent and enjoyable than might be expected.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • UPC: 098787059519
  • Catalog Number: 595
  • Sales rank: 366,083

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Postal Service Primary Artist
Jen Wood Vocals, Background Vocals
Chris Walla Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vocals
Jenny Lewis Background Vocals
Jimmy Tamborello Accordion, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jimmy Tamborello Programming
The Postal Service Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Amazingly Soothing and Peaceful

    I wasn't sure how I felt about The Postal Service after hearing, Such Great Heights.
    But, one day, I heard, Nothing Better, and, Recycled Air, in Hot Topic.
    I loved both of them instantly.
    So, a short while after that, I bought the CD.
    I've enjoyed it ever since.
    Anytime I'm in a bad mood, or if I just want to listen to something quiet, I always put on, Give Up.
    It gets perfectly in tune with my feelings.
    It's the most soothing music I have.
    The lyrics are simply beautiful.

    If you're thinking about it, get it.
    That's all I have to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Postal Service is simply amazing and "Give Up" is a wonderful CD. It makes my heart & my ears happy every time I listen to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I live for this CD

    the postal service is most definatly the best cd that bed gibbard has ever put out. it seems as though anything that man does is pure genious but out of them all, the postal service surpasses and shames them. "give up" can be upbeat, mellow and catchy and simply the most beautiful cd ever made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hands Down, Best CD EVER

    I stumbled accross the Postal Service somehow, and I absolutely love this band. I have burned the CD for others, and everyone absolutely loves it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good stuff

    This is a pretty good CD as far as pop music goes. I find that it is very mellow. (but consider that my usual playlist includes Dimmu Borgir, Tristania, Opeth, &c.) The first images you'll see when you listen to this CD are probably going to be reflections of some of the semi-inspirational film feel TV commercials for which some of the music is used (such as commercials for some sort of investment group, a TV drama, and, I think, a car of the station-wagon sort.) As unique as this group is, this is not a type of music I could see anybody listening to exclusively, but it is a good break between any two bands of the same genre. Especially if that genre is pop/rock. The first four or five songs on the CD are the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blown away!

    Been listening to Such Great Heights and Brand New Colony on XM for the last year. Broke down yesterday and bought the whole CD and I've listened to the entire album approximately 6 times in less than 24 albums. It has officially become my favorite album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pop perfection

    If you're the kind of indie snob who goes to shows and watches silently with arms crossed, this is not for you. If you're not ashamed to dance/bop around your apartment singing at the top of your lungs, buy this album. There's a certain feeling you get listening to the opening of Such Great Heights (as 'played out' as the song may be) on headphones at full volume that i've never felt before. It's sheer beauty. The lyrics to "Brand New colony' are up in my top ten of best love songs EVER. Download tracks 1,4 and 8 and if you like what you hear, you'll love the entire album. I'm hard pressed to think of a better way to spend ten dollars..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    muy bien!

    truly a great piece of work. don't try stealing this one... go on and buy it... it is worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one who loves music

    This CD was awesome! The music is totally new and refreshing. I bought this CD weeks ago and it is still in my CD player. Although this is Ben Gibbard's side project, I personally like it better than Death Cab. His voice is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Give up... Give in!

    This is an AWESOME Cd! I first heard the song "Such great heights" and loved it! Then I bought the CD and listened to it! I love it! Strongly Reccomend!!! GIVE IN!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get This CD

    If anyone has noticed, The Postal Service sounds a lot like Death Cab for Cutie. Many already know this but it's the same singer from Death Cab. You really have to listen to these lyrics, if you don't have this or any of the Death Cab records I would

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    simply amazing

    as the title says, this album is just simply amazing, i got this cd just for one song, as most people do, and it turned out that i just loved the whole cd, i recommend this cd to ANYONE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There's Nothing Better

    This album is absolutely amazing. "Give Up" is one of, if not, the best album I have ever purchased. Some of my favorite tracks are "District," "Nothing Better," "Sleeping In," and "Such Great Heights." If this CD is not a part of your collection, you are truly missing out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ear candy

    wow. the first time i listened to this cd, all i could say was, "wow." it's a totally original sound, and i highly recommend it. it's the kind of music that soothes you. good relaxing, mellow sounds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so great and wonderful and beutiful and lovely

    THIS CD IS AMAZING. My girlfriend introduced me to the band and i think im more in love with the band than her now. Its amazing. "Give up" is the greatest indy rock i have ever heard. I hope they come out with a new cd SOOOON!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mystery Meat

    The cd, the sound of it all, is death cab for cutie gone 80s. It's Transatlanticism with a techno. How...nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Goin' Postal :-)

    What a great way to put music to the daily grind of life. From start to finish, this album really delivers! "Nothing better" is the best song I have heard in years. Most people can releate heavily to "sleeping in".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ....

    Who knew that such feeling and talent could come out of such a small compact disc. I went from Death Cab to them and it worked perfectly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    perfect soundtrack to daily life

    Sounds reminiscent of the 80s diffuse through "Give Up." It's catchy, mellow, contemplative, and very interesting. Perfect soundtrack to daily life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    incredible cd

    awesome, this cd appeals to everyone, punks or popsters. Such Great Heights is constantly playing in my car and a lot of the other tracks are great too. the postal service really delivers hardy har har har

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