Former Lives

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Former Lives
Benjamin Gibbard Former Lives cover.jpg
Studio album by Benjamin Gibbard
Released October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16)
Genre Pop, Rock
Length 36:42
Label Barsuk
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 89%[2]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
American Songwriter 3.5/5 stars[4]
Earbuddy (6.5/10)[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
LA Times 2.5/5 stars[7]
PopMatters 6/10[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[10]
Under the Radar 7/10[11]
Under The Gun Review 7/10[12]

Former Lives is the debut solo album by Death Cab for Cutie lead singer Ben Gibbard. It was released in October 2012 under Barsuk Records.

Many of the album's tracks feature Gibbard playing all instruments by himself. Aaron Espinoza is credited as producer for all tracks except 5, 10, 11, and 12. Other guest musicians include Jon Wurster, Mark Spencer, Aimee Mann, and Zooey Deschanel.

Track list[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Shepherd's Bush Lullaby" 0:50
2. "Dream Song" 3:33
3. "Teardrop Windows" 2:47
4. "Bigger Than Love (feat. Aimee Mann)" 4:47
5. "Lily" 2:00
6. "Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)" 3:51
7. "Duncan, Where Have You Gone" 3:46
8. "Oh, Woe" 2:50
9. "A Hard One to Know" 2:40
10. "Lady Adelaide" 3:33
11. "Broken Yolk in Western Sky" 3:32
12. "I'm Building a Fire" 2:33

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Album Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  2. ^ Robson, Gregory (2012-10-17). "Benjamin Gibbard - Former Lives". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Former Lives - Ben Gibbard". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  4. ^ Beviglia, Jim (2012-10-13). "Ben Gibbard: Former Lives". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  5. ^ Krenn, Nick (2012-10-18). "Benjamin Gibbard - Former Lives Review". Earbuddy. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  6. ^ Rahman, Ray (2012-10-19). "Former Lives review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  7. ^ Brown, August (2012-10-16). "Ben Gibbard's 'Former Lives' a haunting solo debut". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  8. ^ Bloom, David (2012-10-17). "Album Review". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  9. ^ Catucci, Nick (2012-10-16). "Album review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  10. ^ Tan, Irving (Dec 7, 2012). "Album Review - Benjamin Gibbard: Former Lives". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Cleeve, Sam (2012-10-12). "Ben Gibbard: Former Lives". Under the Radar (magazine). Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  12. ^ "REVIEW: Ben Gibbard-'Former Lives'". Under the Gun Review. October 19, 2012.