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Gibbard, Benjamin / Former Lives
Album:Former Lives Collection:General
Artist:Gibbard, Benjamin Added:10/2012
Label:Barsuk Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-11-25 Pull Date:2013-01-27 
Week Ending:27 Jan20 Jan13 Jan6 Jan30 Dec23 Dec16 Dec9 Dec

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Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2012-11-22 
“Former Lives” Benjamin Gibbard
Ben Gibbard is the lead singer/songwriter in Death Cab for Cutie. Over the past 15 years, the band has grown from an obscure indie act to sell 5 million albums. This is Gibbard’s first solo work, and it looks back over his life and relationships from the past 8 years or so (including his uprooting from his native Seattle to live with Zooey Deschanel in Southern California). The songs generally have a Death Cab flavor — so if you like the band, you’ll find much here to like — but the lyrics often have a harder edge as Gibbard reflects on the people and places he’s been with or to.
— Francis

Recommended: 2, 4, 9, 3, 8, 6 No FCCs

1. (0:50) Shepherd’s Bush Lullaby — A cappella lullaby, recorded into an iPhone.
2. (3:33) Dream Song — Bright, bouncy mid-tempo melody with prominent drum line and a nice hook. ****
3. (2:48) Teardrop Windows — According to Pitchfork, this song is about how Seattle’s Smith Tower felt once the Space Needle overshadowed it (him?). Strange, if true. Nice harmonies, rich guitars. First single release. ***
4. (4:48) Bigger Than Love — Strong collaboration with L.A.’s Aimee Mann. Mid-tempo. Electric guitar. Piano. Simple, thumping drums. Evocative lyrics, reportedly about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Watch the false ending in the middle. ****
5. (2:01) Lily — Strummy, very reminiscent of Death Cab’s “I’ll Follow You into the Night” from “Plans.”
6. (3:51) Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke) — Co-written with Stan Jones, who wrote “Cowpoke.” Tex-Mex horns, plucked violin, guitarron, and Zooey on background vocals. A tongue-in-cheek look at easy living in So Cal. **
7. (3:47) Duncan, Where Have You Gone? — Throwback pop. Melody is VERY similar to “White Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum from 1967. You can look it up — we have it on vinyl in the library.
8. (2:50) Oh, Woe — Mean, mean lyrics set to a rollicking melody. Fuzzy guitar and busy bass line. ***
9. (2:41) A Hard One to Know — Up-tempo tune set to a nice backbeat. Catchy. ***
10. (3:34) Lady Adelaide — Wistful and sad, set to a mid-tempo, rolling melody. Island percussion and steel guitar.
11. (3:32) Broken Yolk in Western Sky — Western flavor with steel guitar. Confessions of a greedy love.
12. (2:34) I’m Building a Fire — Slow song with Gibbard’s voice in upper registers, solely supported by strumming guitar.

Track Listing
1.Shepherd's Bush Lullaby 7.Duncan, Where Have You Gone?
2.Dream Song 8.Oh, Woe
3.Teardrop Windows 9.A Hard One To Know
4.Bigger Than Love 10.Lady Adelaide
5.Lily 11.Broken Yolk In Western Sky
6.Something's Rattling (Cowpoke) 12.I'm Building A Fire