Ben Gibbard's 'Former Lives'
The CD of the Month for November comes from Ben Gibbard.
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".
1. Shepard's Bush Lullaby
2. Dream Song
4. Bigger Than Love
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