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Benjamin Gibbard & Andrew Kenny, Ben GibbardAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 12, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: May 12, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Post-Parlo Records
  • ASIN: B000172IC0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Remind Me of Home (Gibbard)
2. Carolina (Gibbard)
3. Farmer Chords (Gibbard)
4. Choir Vandals (Gibbard)
5. Hometown Fantasy (Kenny)
6. Secrets of the Heart (Kenny)
7. Church Mouse in the Church House (Kenny)
8. Line of Best Fit (Kenny)

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Yes, we all know he showed his acoustic ability with All Time Quarterback a few years ago, and yeah, it was all right. The CD that was reissued by Barsuk proved that Gibbard can hold his own by himself.

What this split proves is that the major songwriting force behind Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service is capable of great things with just an acoustic guitar and a simple chord progression. His songs (all 3 originals) are vibrant and full of life and emotion. "You Remind Me Of Home" could very well be Post Parlo's theme for the HOME series. It's a vivid ride through suburbia pointing out the summits and valleys of a small town. The song is double tracked vocally which gives it that extra kick that even further showcases Gibbard's strength and presence as a vocalist (a 'flaw' that has been pointed out by nay-sayers). "Carolina" is simply marvelous. "Farmer Chords" is an amazing piece of songwriting that is as happy as it is listless. The song begs you to hum along, and you will. Gibbard's cover of Kenny's "Choir Vandals" is superb.

Though some reviewers bash Andrew Kenny's soft-spoken, quiet tunes, they have some redeeming qualities. If you are not a fan of American Analong Set or you have never heard them before, this is no place to start. If that is the case get "Promise Of Love", I assure you, you will enjoy it more than these three songs. Although "Secrets Of The Heart" and "Church Mouse" are not Kenny's best material, he is in top form on "Hometown Fantasy" which is equally fitting as a mission statement for the HOME series, in a much more somber way. Kenny delivers an honest, straightforward composition with a simple refrain that is as hum-able as "Farmer Chords". Kenny's cover of Gibbard's "Line Of Best Fit" is excellent.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yarrrrr February 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This being an EP one really can't expect too much, but then again every now and then some bands put out their best work on EPs. I wouldn't say this EP is the best of either of Ben Gibbard or Andrew Kenny's work, but its not far from it. Starting off with the more upbeat Gibbard this EP starts of with a faster tempo. The songs Gibbard lays out are in his classic style, upbeat, melodic, and good. As i said I don't think it is his best work, but it is definitely good.

Next comes Andrew Kenny. American Analog Set, or AmAnSet as the hipsters call them, is amongst my favorite bands. One of the major reasons for this is due to Kenny's soothing, soft, and able voice. He does not let me down by any means. For those of you who already listen to American Analog Set, this is a similar style music, but accoustic, so that means no xylophone, drums, or any of that complication.

I'm going to have to disagree with many people and say that Andrew Kenny is the star of this E.P. And I'm not going to say he is the better artist, but purely because I believe the standout song on this CD is Kenny singing "Secrets of the Heart."

Gibbard and Kenny are both in some of the best bands currently together, and it is somewhat refreshing hearing both of them doing their own thing. This EP is a great buy for either Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service, etc. or American Analog Set fans. Their is nothing you should be unfamiliar with that these frontmen sing, but it is different just hearing them and their guitars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Gems January 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD for Ben Gibbard's music...the songs he contributes to the Home CD are amazing. Carolina and You Remind Me of Home are terrific, especially. Nice, simple folk-sounding music that is very mellow and puts a smile on your face. I recommend it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why not! March 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a fan of both Ben and Andrew, so of course I had to own this cd. I was a little disappointed in length, about 23 minutes total, but it's still worth every penny (then again, its not that expensive in the first place). Also, I wasn't blown away by Kenny's performance like many people on Amazon have been claiming. I honestly believe Ben flexed his musical muscle better than Andrew. Gibbard's songs are just more memorable. Kenny does have an awesome voice, but the songs he sings seem to fade away in the background (which can be a good thing for certain occasions). However, Kenny's songs are still growing on me.

I'll put it this way; on my computer I rate each song from 1 to 5 stars. A 1 star song is like a slap to the face; where as a 5 star is an honor. I gave 3 of Gibbard's songs 4 stars and all of Kenny's songs got 3 stars (very high 3 stars, like 3 and a half).

I really hope I don't piss off any AmAnSet fans :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm In It For Andrew September 4, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Most people are probably here for Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service), but I'm much more infatuated with the American Analog Set (1000% more underrated than DCFC). Andrew Kenny has an amazing, smooth, and chilled voice that sounds more pleasing than Gibbard's, in my opinion. I'm not trying to rip on Gibbard, I'm just providing a new perspective (I, for one, adore DCFC's older work). The AmAnSet is not a band where you idolize one member- you focus on all of them. But Andrew Kenny's solo effort here is lovely, soft, and slow- just the way it should be. In an interview, he claimed he was somewhat disappointed by how it turned out because he was rushed and using borrowed equipment, but I think it turned out great! No individual highlights- they're all great tracks that you'll learn to individually love, just like any AmAnSet album. And he even covers a song from DCFC's early catalog! Gibbard is obviously not to be ignored. He continues on themes of love, loss, and memories with an acoustic guitar. It's the kind of thing you'd play coming home from a long journey. Maybe that's why it's called the "HOME" ep. The best part is Ben's cover of "Choir Vandals" by the American Analog Set, which is a nice, mellow compliment to the original mellow tune. Great EP with two rather legendary indie dudes. And might I suggest getting the AmAnSet's entire catalog, as they'll blow your mind away! Check out "Know By Heart", "The Golden Band", "Promise Of Love", and even "From Our Living Room To Yours". For Death Cab, well, you probably already know if you're looking at this.
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