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Stream Ben Gibbard’s Solo Album ‘Former Lives’

Swoon to the Death Cab frontman's lightly literary, romantic folk-pop a week early

picture-18276-1372868632By: Chris Martins // October 9, 2012

Death Cab for Cutie main man and consummate nice guy Ben Gibbard is streaming his first fully solo album a week early via YouTube. Former Lives can currently be played front to back as a single audio track (by the minute track-listing below), kicking off with the old timey barbersharp-style a capella intro, “Shepherd’s Bush Lullaby.” While the LP specializes in the kind of lightly literary, romantic folk-pop we heard on early tracks “Teardrop Windows” and the Aimee Mann-featuring “Bigger Than Love,” Former Lives is also prone to more ambitious moments like the psychedelic break in “Dream Song,” the bright mariachi bursts of the prairie paean, “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke),” or the Beatles to Bowie blues of “Duncan, Where Have You Gone?”

Former Lives Track List:

1. “Shepherd’s Bush Lullaby” (00:00 – 00:47)
2. “Dream Song” (00:48 – 04:21)
3. “Teardrop Windows” (04:22-07:08)
4. “Bigger Than Love” (07:09 – 11:56)
5. “Lily” (11:57 – 13:57 )
6. “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)” (13:58 – 17:48)
7. “Duncan, Where Have You Gone?” (17:49 – 21:34)
8. “Oh, Woe” (21:36 – 24:25)
9. “A Hard One to Know” (24:26 – 27:06)
10. “Lady Adelaide” (27:07 – 30:40)
11. “Broken Yolk in Western Sky” (30:41 – 34:13)
12. “I’m Building A Fire” (34:14 – 36:48)