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Former Lives

15 Oct. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Label: City Slang
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Benjamin Gibbard under excl. license to City Slang
  • Total Length: 36:42
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  • ASIN: B00C2HWDQ8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,652 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis_Theodossiou on 18 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Being a big Death Cab for Cutie fan I couldn't be more excited when I unwrapped this record on christmas morning (even though I had asked for it). After having heard Teardrop Windows on the internet some time before I was anxious to see if Ben could keep up the lyrical and melodic genius throughout the whole album. He did.

We start off with Shepherd's Bush Lullaby, a 50 second a-cappella which he recorded into his iPhone (then mastered in a studio). Great way to start the album because it's very different but it's very him. Many people thought it would be just like Death Cab, but most of those people might not have heard Ben's earlier stuff. Ben worked with Andrew Kenny in 2003 on an LP named Home Volume V which was a beautiful acoustic album that included great songs such as 'Carolina' and 'Choir Vandals'. In 2009 he teamed up with Jay Farrar and made an LP called One Fast Move or I'm Gone which has some really lovely songs including 'California Zephyr' and one of my favourite Gibbard songs, 'One Fast Move or I'm Gone'. Former Lives show more aspects of these two LP's than Death Cab's and I think that is where Ben was trying to go with this record.

Stand out songs -

Dream Song - The first song we hear on the album that has instruments in it and it doesn't disappoint. Catchy and a really solid chord progression which works well with the melody and his lyrics.

Lily - One of my favourite songs on the album. Such a beautiful song only lasting 2 minutes where Gibbard sings about someone called Lily. He describes her in all sorts of nice metaphors such as being a "blinding light, devouring the dark." The first part of the bridge is the best bit for me (although very short).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By White frog on 1 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Death Cab fan for nearly 10 years now, and although I do like their last albums for me they never quite reached the heights of Transatlanticism. Ben Gibbard previous solo offering, under the name "All-Time Quaterback" was a sign of things to come from a very talented songwriter.
So when I first listened to former lives I was actually a bit disappointed, if not to say quite a lot. I thought it was ok-ish/good but not that great, and the song "Duncan" seemed so out of place on the album that I skipped it everytime. I thought it was one of the worst songs Ben had ever written.
However...
It's now been over 5 months since the release date, and it's safe to say that I listen to Former Lives at least once a day. It's grown on me so much that I love it more and more with every spin, and in my opinion it's actually better than the last 3 Death Cab albums. Sure it's not quite the same, this is more intimate/personal and less soaring guitars etc, but as far as longevity and quality of songs this is really, really lovely stuff. I had no idea that I'd get to like this album so much, and even the songs I wasn't so keen on seem to have earned their place on the record and in my heart.
A lot of critics might not agree, but for me Former Lives is one of the top 10 albums of 2012.
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By Melzemel on 3 Dec. 2012
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In this album, Ben Gibbard's lyrics and lyrical tunes, so great in Death Cab for Cutie, are showcased in a wonderfully simple way that really does his talents justice.
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