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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2005
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. He does little to alter the chord progression or shape of the song, but he ultimately pulls it off better than most anyone could have (save, perhaps Gibbard himself) on an unaccompanioned acoustic guitar.

Yes, I would agree that there is nothing technically amazing on these eight songs, but, if you want technicality, go listen to Rush. You aren't considering purchasing an acoustic Ben Gibbard/Andrew Kenny split for its technicality, you want it because it showcases both songwriters (particularly Gibbard) and proves that the best songwriters can create great songs with just a melody and a six string.

A MUST for any real Death Cab or AmAnSet fan.

Buy the Bright Eyes/Britt Daniel HOME split as well. Support Post Parlo, they are a great little label.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 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
on 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
on March 2, 2007
Format: Audio CDVerified 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 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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on June 19, 2008
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
This is an awesome little disk. The pairing of tracks for the frontmen of Death Cab for Cutie and American Analogue Set goes very well together. Gibbard tracks are permanently in my head in a good way, and Kenny's are equally brilliant. This is the 5th in the split CD series from Post-Parlo Records, and if you are an indy fan you should know this label. Great stuff!
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on January 10, 2009
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Love all the Gibbard songs and like all the Kenny songs. In fact, I like the version of "Line of Best Fit" on this CD about 10 times more than the Death Cab for Cutie version! Would recommend to anyone that likes acoustic music and/or Ben Gibbard. Favorite song is "Carolina"
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I found this album a pleasure to listen to. It was a good idea for Ben Gibbard to team up with Andrew Kenny, as the two have similar singing styles. That is not to say that either's songs replicated the other's. The first half of the album, featuring Gibbard, is more upbeat; although the lyrics express a longing for home, the melodies are hopeful. It is hard not to sing along to "Farmer Chords," which is my favorite of Gibbard's four.

Kenny's songs are of a different quality. Whereas Gibbard's guitar seems clunkingly friendly, Kenny's is often subdued, as in "Hometown Fantasy," where it plays lightly in the background--it is barely noticeable yet the song would be nothing without it. Kenny sings more softly and you may have to strain a bit to hear the words. His voice, though quiet, is powerful; it gives the songs a different emotion from that of Gibbard's. The same idea of home, which through Gibbard's songs seemed hopeful and like a fond memory, holds sadness, too, by the time the second half of the CD is through.

All the songs are vocals with acoustic guitar, which adds to the album's homey feel. I loved this CD despite its short length. Good for when you're feeling a bit sad or lonesome.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This further demonstrates Ben Gibbard's excellence as a songwriter. The four songs shared by Gibbard on this EP showcase a more direct, warm, comfortable, yet tranquil artist that resonates in the classics "You Remind Me of Home" and "Carolina", two tracks that stand right up there with his work with Death Cab and the Postal Service. "Farmer Chords" aches in its own Gibbard-like fashion, just as the cover of Andrew Kenney of the band American Analog Set's "Choir Vandals" is of worth.

However, the EP does alot the next four tracks to Andrew Kenney, whose songs are just as good in their own way, especially "Hometown Fantasy"...well, they're all great, especially if your an American Analog Set fan...which you should! I give this EP only 4 stars because it is great no doubt, a definite pick for Death Cab and AmAnSet fans alike, but the fact that Ben Gibbard works so well as an artist in this mold, I just wish the whole EP was his.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD blends indie and folk together very nicely. I myself prefer the first half of it because I am more of a Death Cab fan. However, Andrew Kenny does his part well and even pulls off a cover of DCFC's "Line Of Best Fit." Although there's nothing mindblowingly original or complex here, this is very pleasant sounding music. The tunes are simple, sweet and gently rolling. A good addition to fans of either band.
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