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Couldn’t agree with this article more. Really great to read. Death Cab has always been so nostalgic for me. When plans came out in 2005 I was 15, and my girlfriend at the time loved them and got me into them. After we broke up I shared a lot of my experiences growing up through Gibbard’s music and lyrics. As a teenage boy in high school you spend a lot of time thinking,
- Why won’t anyone date me? Why won’t anyone have sex with me- turns out it’s awesome. Why do I think I know everything about the world?
But no matter what stage of my life I have been in for the last 8 years, I have always found Ben Gibbard right there by my side. But with former lives you want to feel the pain of what Gibbard feels. You want him to sing one more time, “It was vile, And it was cheap, And you are beautiful but you don’t mean a thing to me” as he did on “Tiny Vessels”. You want him to repeat, “I loved you Guenevere, I loved you Guenevere, I loved you” one hundred times, previously brought to light from “We Laugh Indoors”. But it’s not.
He is easily one of the most creative song writers of this generation. Who else can compare lack of love to the glove box of your car.