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A perfect fusion of genres - truly 21st century music,
This review is from: Give Up (Audio CD)
Frrsh from having been threatened with a lawsuit byt eh US Postal Service for usign their name (the situationw as resolved when they played at the latter's Christmas do), this album (and its trck We Will Become Silhouettes) has belatedly broken through in the US, finding a gap among the wall-to-wall R&B and hip-hop to offer something genuinely unique among modern popular music. The irony is that the album was only ever a side-project, and with DCFC having recorded and toured since, this may be the only album they ever do, which would be a great shame.
Electronica and emo are not obvious bedfellows, but the best elements of both are combined skilfully by the dynamic duo. Such Great Heights is a great example - a pleasing and uptempo beat with meta-referential lyrics ("I tried my best to leave this all on your machine, but the persistant beat sounded thin upon listening"). Nothing Better is a terrific boy-girl duet of the classic boy-loves-girl-but-she-doesn't-want-to-know situation, which gains added impetus when you contrast Gillard's "tell me am I right to think that there could be nothing better than making you my bride and slowly growing old together" with guess singer Jenny Lewis' "you've got allure I can't deny, but you've had your chance, oh say goodbye, say goodbye".
A few songs go for a softer tempo, contrasting between the love song Recycled Air ("I've atched the patchwork farm slow fade into the ocean's arms, calm down, release your cares, the stale taste of recycled air" is certainly a fresh lyricism, literally), and the considered This Place Is A Prison looks at the futility of mindless non-stop partying. The album closes with some straight drum 'n' bass, with just a short vocal section (another meta-referential one, in fact), but which time most people's worst prejudices about electronic music will be gone. As a whole the album is not only perfect disposable pop music, but also has some impressive depth and invention - it really covers all bases, and has something for every mood and situation. Can I finish by saying that they've delivered a first-class album?