November CD of the Month
12:00 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Ben Gibbard's 'Former Lives'

The CD of the Month for November comes from Ben Gibbard.

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When Gibbard gets away from his day job as front-man for Death Cab For Cutie, he apparently is able to record his solo debut. Gibbard describes the album, not as 'opening a new chapter', but rather closing a few old ones. Former Lives, recalls the ups and downs of his past over the last 8 years, including three failed relationships, one of which includes a very infamous divorce.

Before you go thinking Former Lives merely contains lines of depressing truths, it's clear that these songs are just the built-up stories through the years, that needed to be shared. Maybe they somehow slipped through Death Cab For Cutie's agenda, or maybe just a little to personal for anyone else to be a part of. Whatever they may be, they are mature, and quite a remarkable testament to this artistic songwriter as an individual. Though totally solo-written, the album is boosted with a few Beatles-esque harmonies from a one Aimee Mann in the song, "Bigger Than Love".

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

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