GIVE UP [Vinyl]


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  • The Postal Service: Ben Gibbard (guitar, electric piano, keyboards, drums); Jimmy Tamborello (programming).
  • Additional personnel: Jen Wood (vocals); Chris Walls (piano); Jenny Lewis (background vocals).
  • A side project from Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello, who formerly played with synth-poppers Figurine but now records as Dntel, the Postal Service creates bedroom electronica with surprising emotional pull on GIVE UP. Ten tracks lyrically convey both a youthful ennui and the nostalgic ache of longing. Tamborello creates a tense sonic space that allows Gibbard's spare yet careful guitar to occasionally chime in and cut the tension.
  • While Tamborello's sculpted electronics hearken back to the minimalism of early Depeche Mode, Gibbard's expressively fey vocals and emotional sentiments lend a warm, comforting contrast to the machine-age chilliness (as do the occasional backing vocals from Jen Wood and Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis). This contrast is best illustrated on "We Will Become Silhouettes," when Gibbard sings "[A]nd we become silhouettes when our bodies finally go," only to be followed by a string of optimistic bleeps that are the sonic equivalent of a miniature sky full of twinkling stars.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/25/03, p.109) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003"

Rolling Stone (4/17/03, p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A cuddly little new wave reverie..."

Uncut (6/03, p.92) - "...Gibbard's refined, feather-light vocals waft delicately over Tamborello's indie electronica, creating a wide-eyed world out of bittersweet love songs and autobiographical daydreams..."

CMJ (12/29/03, p.4) - Ranked #2 in CMJ's "Top 10 of 2003"

Mojo (Publisher) (5/03, p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...GIVE UP is anything but a pop oddity - it's the real thing..."
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