Baeble Goes Postal: The Five Best Covers of The Postal Service
  • MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013

  • Posted by: Matt Howard

It seems that this week's starting out with a bang in the music world with the biggest story being a reunion of the fabled duo of Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello, aka The Postal Service.

Back in October, we spoke with Gibbard who, when asked about the possibility of a new Postal Service album, said, "Never say never, but nobody should be holding their breath for a new Postal Service record." Apparently, it's a good thing our breath wasn't held, because a new album is not in the works, however, according to Billboard, the band will perform at Coachella, release a 10th Anniversary reissue of Give Up, and there is speculation of a tour to follow.

The music created by The Postal Service was groundbreaking in many ways. The entire project was pieced together via email, and the electro-pop sounds were light years from Gibbard's work with Death Cab For Cutie. A lot of us have spent the last 10 years pining for fresh tunes from the two - so much that covers from Give Up have become hugely popular, and in some cases more so than their predecessors. In celebration of the reunion, we collected our five favorite covers of The Postal Service.


The Shins - "We Will Become Silhouettes"




Another indie group who came into prominence in the early aughts, The Shins, gave The Postal Service's most successful single a little southwest twang.


Ben Folds - "Such Great Heights"




Ben stayed pretty true to other Ben's original, but kicks it up with some authentic piano and Stomp-esque percussion.


Frank Turner - "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight"




A lesser-known name, but believe it or not, this placid, acoustic rendition was performed by a former post-hardcore frontman.


Iron & Wine - "Such Great Heights"




Chances are, you've gotten in an argument about this song. Quite a few people will swear Sam Beam was the originator of "Such Great Heights." But because of this, it could be considered the most original cover ever performed.


The Postal Service - "Against All Odds"




We promised you five, and refuse to subject you to watching a teenager's shirtless acoustic of "Such Great Heights" on YouTube (there are thousands). Instead, we're including a brilliant cover of Phil Collin's "Against All Odds" performed by the celebrated band.

Here's to holding our breath for another album from The Postal Service!

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