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Benjamin Gibbard , Former Lives

10/16, Barsuk

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Based on the name alone (and its accompanying press photo ), it's tempting to read Gibbard's solo

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Benjamin Gibbard Goes Solo, Anthologizes the Past on Former Lives

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Benjamin Gibbard, Former Lives

10/16, Barsuk

benjamingibbard.com

Based on the name alone (and its accompanying press photo), it's tempting to read Gibbard's solo effort in the context of last year's well-publicized divorce from Zooey Deschanel. But instead, Former Lives strikes an optimistic tone, anthologizing and celebrating the past through the prism of Gibbard's distinctive songwriting. "The clouds are beginning to break," he sings on the introductory track "Shepard's Bush Lullaby," and the buoyant, lightweight pop songs that follow share that sentiment.

Former Lives is out tomorrow on Barsuk. Listen to and download Smith Tower-referencing single "Teardrop Windows" after the jump.

 
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