Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #69 Postal Service
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#69 Postal Service
Postal Service's only album came out of left field. I remember hearing "(This is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" back in 2001. It was off of Dntel's Life is Full of Possiblities. I had never head Ben Gibbard's voice accompanied so perfectly, even though I'm a long-time Death Cab For Cutie fan. That song was the jam. I would listen to it over and over. Never did it occur to me that Tamborello and Gibbard could make the best electro-indie-pop record I'd ever heard - but, they did.
Although Tamborello's production is brilliant, I have to argue that it's Gibbard's voice and occasional lyrical wit that pushes Postal Service way up to the tippy-top. His voice is breathy, almost heavenly, and it lifts each song's grounded pop sound up into the air. It calms the subtle nervousness of Tamborello's beats and carries them off to dreamland.
Unfortunately, there's only one album from The Postal Service. But, despite all the excitement I get from bi-monthly rumors about a follow-up, I know that Give Up cannot be topped. They have influence hundreds, if not thousands of bands that try to blend electronic pop with indie-pop-rock. This was the first duo that did it right and thus, it rightfully takes its place in the top 100 artists of the decade.Postal Service