2.15.2010

It's Alright, The Camera's Talking

Give Up by the Postal Service

There are certain albums that will forever be linked to sleep with me: Fall of Troy's Doppelganger, The Shins' Chutes Too Narrow and this album here. I don't mean that these albums put me to sleep; rather, there were a particular handful of albums that I enjoyed listening to in detail. Laying in bed, with nothing else to distract me, it was an opportunity to grow with an album, something that feels especially rare considering how disposable songs or albums feel today in this download culture (Ed Droste knows what I'm talking about).

Most people are familiar with the Postal Service's background; a collaboration that produced "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" evolved into a full-fledged album. Tamborello and Gibbard recorded their portions individually, and mailed them back and forth, leading to the name, The Postal Service (and saving this name from later legal trouble by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to use their music for their commercials).

Understandably, this album is necessarily popular for its more romantic lyrics; "Such Great Heights", "Nothing Better" and "Brand New Colony" are obvious heart-warmers. The strongest part of the album, however, is the consistently solid melodies Gibbard provides, and the enjoyable glitches Tamborello contributes. 

And just in case this review is as badly written as I think it is: Pitchfork.

3 comments:

Nathan said...

it's not badly written!

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