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in hindsight... it's really irritating, isn't it?
Always amazed by how bang on he is live though, his vocals are exactly the same as on the records every time.
Imagine Postal Service with DNTEL and a better vocalist
I know a lot of people that think Gibbard is the weak link of the album though (not saying it's bad, I still love it) but I often listen back to it and think.... man this could have been better.
thought Wikipedia just told me he was only involved on Take It Easy (Love Nothing). I always felt that album was Conor's way of improving on the Postal Service.
it in no way matches up to Digital Ash. Conor had done stuff that sounded like Digital Ash before that album as well remember - I always find it strange that people think it was Bright Eyes 'going electronic'.
No idea where I'd even gotten that impression from either, but evidently it was there in my memory somehow.
just a lot more beats and synths compared to Wide Awake and as you said he'd done that sort of thing on various tracks before. (There's some electronicy stuff on Collection of Songs even)
"It was so stereotypically my own little Kerouac Big Sur weekend. And I remember being on the flight home, going, 'You know what? I really have to do something about this. This has really gotten out of control. But I have a friend's birthday tonight, and I need to go out and have a beer with him.' Cut to three in the morning, five beers and five shots in, eating a pizza. I woke up the next morning and I was like, 'That's it. I'm done. I have lost the ability to control this.'"
and 5 shots, then a pizza was him 'bottoming out'?
that's incredible. thanks for sharing.
''I'm an alcoholic!!''
his voice really just niggles and doesn't let me enjoy any of his music. I was in Seattle recently and it was sacriledge to say it, but yeah his vice is annoying
Though in fairness, it also isn't helped because Death Cab have never really grabbed me as a band. By contrast, I really like The Decemberists...and Colin Meloy's vocals don't irritate me at all...though I understand people find him just as whiney.
On record his voice is the only one that could effectivly sing what he writes, and I think he's penned some incredible lyrics (ones mentioning glove compartments are not included), so his effected and over-earnest delivery isn't a problem.
Here IS the problem though, live with Death Cab his delivery is sometimes forced and trying too hard, which throws his emphasis off or sounds flat. Perhaps he was just bored of being in the band, there wasn't so much of this for his solo record. I did have similar feelings with the videos I saw of Postal Service's live shows until I saw them in Brixton and it didn't matter, it was a fucking great show where he sung fine and danced like a bad dad and so did I.
He's great on the 'We Have The Facts' stuff where he doesn't go for it as much. Songs like The Employment Pages. Very subtle.
One I can't stand is off Styrofoam Plates off the Photo Album. I know everyone loves that tune, but his American twee-ness grates so much on me in that song. "There's a saaaaaalt-wader film on the jar of your ashes..." SKIP.