The Postal Service to reunite and rerelease ‘Give Up’

by Kevin Smead

Nostalgia can be a very powerful emotion. It can cause us to believe something we once loved dearly is just as good as it was the first time we encountered it. This holds true with entertainment, maybe more than anything else. Shows we loved as kids may not hold up as well today. There are also plenty of albums we have a set of memories attributed to, which we’d listen to now and say, “Woah, I was actually into this?”

So, imagine my reservation when I heard the news that one of my favorite groups of all time, The Postal Service, is getting back together.

For me, The Postal Service defines a very specific time in my life, and I have very specific memories and emotions which I associate with its singular album, “Give Up.” As I’ve already said, nostalgia can be a blinding emotion.

For those just encountering The Postal Service for the first time, it’s a collaboration project between Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and producer Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel and Figurine. The album immediately took off, garnering critical praise and a devoted following. Entertainment Weekly went so far as to call the album “near perfect.” I’m inclined to agree.

Luckily enough, “Give Up,” which celebrates its 10th anniversary Feb. 9, is just as good as it’s always been. For this special occasion, fans are getting a deluxe edition of the album, complete with the original 10 tracks, as well as 15 bonus tracks. Included in the bonus tracks are two new songs (“Turn Around” and “A Tattered Line of String”), several b-sides, covers of tracks, such as Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds,” and plenty of remixes.

The album will be reissued on Sub Pop Records as a double-CD set or a triple LP. There’s even an extra-special edition that features colored vinyl. The album hits North America on April 9.

The duo also announced an upcoming tour, though there aren’t any details regarding the dates or locations.

For now, keep checking for updates. Better yet, take the day off, grab your headphones, crash out on the grass and give “Give Up” another listen. Best afternoon ever? I’d say.