Former Lives

Benjamin Gibbard - Former Lives
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Ratings: #757 / 946
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Based on 4 ratings
October 16, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Barsuk / Label
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Former Lives is a true solo album, with Gibbard showcasing a memorable and rewarding set of odds and ends from the last eight years of his songwriting career.

Under The Radar

It's simply a charming patchwork collection of songs from just shy of the last decade that never found a voice amongst the catalogue of Gibbard's other projects.

The 405

Former Lives is unlikely to be anyone's favourite album with which Gibbard is associated; however, it still stands as a strong debut. 


Gibbard's eight years of solo writing is content to manifest as an application into Largo's Singer-Songwriter Finishing School rather than anything that packs the idiosyncrasy, resonance, or mannered experimentation that he's capable of.

Consequence of Sound

Some of Gibbard’s genre exercises work better than others, but it’s fun to see the songwriter try his hand at new things, even if for the most part they only constitute subtle tweaks in the formula.


Unfortunately, most of Former Lives is in line with Gibbard’s recent work

A.V. Club

While still being firmly planted in the category of mainstream indie rock, the album is all over the place both thematically and musically.

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Track List

  1. Shepherd's Bush Lullaby 
  2. Dream Song 
  3. Teardrop Windows 
  4. Bigger Than Love 
  5. Lily 
  6. Something's Rattling (Cowpoke) 
  7. Duncan, Where Have You Gone? 
  8. Oh, Woe 
  9. A Hard One to Know 
  10. Lady Adelaide 
  11. Broken Yolk in Western Sky 
  12. I'm Building a Fire
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Added on: July 18, 2012