Former Lives - BARSUK
FILTER Grade: 78%
By Mike Hilleary on October 22, 2012
For those expecting some kind of heart-on-the-sleeve break-up album from Ben Gibbard’s debut solo album and first release following the Death Cab frontman’s much-publicized divorce from Zooey Deschanel, listeners won’t find such immediate personal allusions on Former Lives. Supposedly collecting castaway pieces spanning across eight years, Gibbard treats them like anything but, elevating songs such as Aimee Mann duet “Bigger Than Love” and piano ballad “Duncan, Where Have You Gone?” Gibbard has better demonstrated his strength as one of the best songwriters of the last decade in the past, but ardent fans will appreciate the effort here.