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Benjamin Gibbard: Former LivesFormer Lives (2012)
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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In theory, a solo record from Ben Gibbard should be aces. While he’s steadily risen through the indie rock ranks with his band Death Cab for Cutie, he’s had some major artistic breakthroughs over the last decade by stepping away from his day job. His soundtrack to the Jack Kerouac documentary One Fast Move or I’m Gone, with Jar Farrar of Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo, had a folky warmth. Which is to say nothing of his blooping, bleeping Postal Service, a one-off electronic side project that continues to win fans and demands for a follow-up. Instead, we get something pretty safe ‘n’ tame in the form of Former Lives.
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