Benjamin Gibbard – Former Lives (Barsuk / Outside Music)

Former Lives is being hailed as the first solo release from Death Cab For Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard. Musically, Gibbard strolls down many of the same paths walked by Death Cab as listeners will hear on Dream Song and Bigger Than Love, the latter of which features a wonderful cameo by Aimee Mann. Though the momentum of the album is somewhat halted by the meandering Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke), Gibbard delivers an otherwise poptastic view into his world.