Former Lives (LP)


Ben Gibbard

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Amoeba Review

10/15/2012

Before The Postal Service, before people spent their first sentences talking about him by referring to the person to whom he was married, Benjamin Gibbard was a fine songwriter and the leader of Death Cab for Cutie, who made several great albums of heartfelt, intricate indie pop before hitting it big. Former Lives seems a bit to recast Gibbard (now Benjamin, not Ben) as someone known first and foremost for his skills as a singer and songwriter. He succeeds admirably by focusing on the songs themselves, only dressing them up to maintain interest, as on a guest spot by Aimee Mann that leads the rousing “Bigger Than Love” or the Mariachi touches of “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke).” First single “Teardrop Windows” pairs prime Death Cab heart-on-sleeve romanticism with Former Lives’ tendency toward country flourish, and the result is a slab of harmonic power-pop that recalls Big Star and Teenage Fanclub. Those harmonies come in handy on a song like “Duncan, Where Have You Gone?,” a piano-led power ballad that ranks among Gibbard’s best. Former Lives finds Gibbard in a fine place, not cut from his past but referencing it while making something bright and new.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Shepherd's Bush Lullaby
Ben Gibbard 00:50
2.
Dream Song
Ben Gibbard 03:33
3.
Teardrop Windows
Ben Gibbard 02:47
4.
Bigger Than Love
Ben Gibbard 04:47
5.
Lily
Ben Gibbard 02:00
6.
Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)
Ben Gibbard 03:51


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Duncan, Where Have You Gone?
Ben Gibbard 03:46
2.
Oh, Woe
Ben Gibbard 02:50
3.
A Hard One to Know
Ben Gibbard 02:40
4.
Lady Adelaide
Ben Gibbard 03:33
5.
Broken Yolk in Western Sky
Ben Gibbard 03:32
6.
I'm Building a Fire
Ben Gibbard 02:33

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