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  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: True Panther Sounds
  • ASIN: B002GNOMJE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lust for Life
2. Laura
3. Ghost Mouth
4. God Damned
5. Big Bad Mean Motherfucker
6. Hellhole Ratrace
7. Headache
8. Summertime
9. Lauren Marie
10. Morning Light
11. Curls
12. Darling

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Built on the powerful songwriting of Christopher Owens and the ethereal production of Chet "JR" White, Girls recorded Album in a variety of bedrooms and rehearsal studios in their adopted hometown, San Francisco. The resulting 12 tracks are the perfect San Fran summer record, evoking a narcotic, sunny afternoon in Dolores Park, yet promising the eventual hangover of summer's departure. Album is self-described as "honest, loose, ethereal, obnoxious and perfect," it is a sincere tribute to the majesty of great pop music and the healing power of rock and roll.

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[It's] that reckless enthusiasm, that's real, and it
powers every deadpan plea in Girls', let's be
honest, amazing hits. --Fader

These gorgeous numbers make my skin literally
tingle. The tunes are so classic and pure, yet
churn so massively, and the language is so full of
want. It's an imperfect world, and boys and girls
do each other harm. But, hey, sometimes a song
can be your salvation." --SF Bay Guardian

"Hellhole Ratrace" is one of the Top 100 Songs Of The Year. --Pitchfork

Customer Reviews

Either way, I recommend it.
bw1174
It's that combined skill that keeps 'Album' sounding fresh track-after-track.
M. McClure
Great album the entire way through which sets a very distinct mood.
Stuart Mayer

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. McClure on October 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I heard about this band on Pitchfork a few weeks ago. The site was heaping buckets of praise on the young band's debut album, (the appropriately and simply titled 'Album'), and, even though I don't usually agree with PF's 'glowing' reviews, they're always worth -at least- checking out. Now, I'll be the first to admit that upon hearing the first 30 seconds or so of 'Lust For Life', I was a tad put-off by singer/songwriter Christopher Owens' nasally delivery, to the point of stopping the song and saying "That's that!" in regards to Girls. It wasn't until a good friend of mine, with an uncanny ear for great music called me last week to ask if i'd heard this band, which he'd been listening too, non-stop for weeks. My friend then preceded to embark on this half hour, suplerfluous-filled rant, which inevitably persuaded me to go back and give Girls another chance. Boy am I glad I did! If I'd just listened to a little more of 'Lust For Life' I would've realized that Owens so-called 'nasally delivery' was the perfect tongue-in-cheek sarcasm needed to give the bittersweet little lament of a track it's "OOMPH!". In fact, it's pretty much this formula for the entire album: take a rather somber subject matter, add an upbeat, indomitable delivery, and you have Girls. That may sound a bit repetetive, but I neglected to mention Owens' gifted vocal range. His voice can inflect hints of Elvis Costello, Morrisey, and even early-Beatles era John Lennon, (just take a gander at the no-fi gem 'God Damned' if you don't believe me). Nor have I mentioned JR White's skills as a producer/arranger. Each song on the album has it's own unique sound, almost as if it were produced by multiple people. It's that combined skill that keeps 'Album' sounding fresh track-after-track.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John J. Knapik on October 5, 2009
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I can't believe there aren't more reviews for this. "Album" is enjoyable from beginning to end and the order of the songs lend themselves to the continuity of the disc. Every person will hear different influences here.. I hear Jesus & Mary Chain, 50's rock n' roll, 60's sunshine pop, 70's mellow rock, shoegaze, and current indie rock. The group never sounds like they are trying to sound a certain way... it just seems to flow naturally. I agree with E. Mcmenamin's review in that this COULD have been the summer album of the year if only it wasn't released in September.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on December 18, 2009
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San Francisco debut of gorgeously addictive, sublime relationship angst pop, couched in
stunning summery melodies. Lo-fi, indie psychedelic pop twang with a druggy, ethereal feel that
sucks you in like the good time you just can't turn down. Allusions to Beach Boys, Phil Spector,
Jesus & Mary Chain, Stratford 4, Beaujolais, Spiritualized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Musburger on December 20, 2009
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The debut album, "Album," by Girls contains three essential songs that amplify the entire piece. "Lust for Life," "Laura," and "Hellhole Ratrace" are spectacular songs that are polished, yet emotionally raw. There are some other decent highs on the album, but these tracks are definitely cream of the crop. I can definitely hear some Elvis Costello influence in Girls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Devin Rodgers on October 26, 2010
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On this album, Girls are able to merge a multitude of genres yet orchestrate them so that it all flows cohesively. The band shows a great ability to make some fantastic indie pop as heard on "Laura" but also phenomenal ballads like "Hellhole Ratrace"
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Mcmenamin on September 24, 2009
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"Album" is instantly catchy jangle-psychedelia. Reverb and tremolo drenched guitars, wavery downtrodden lyrics and a mix of both up-tempo and down-tempo tracks -- it would have been the perfect summer record on both sunny and rainy days.
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By Big Al on June 12, 2013
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Surprised when I heard this group for the first time. Excellent sound. This group no longer exists. So get the album.
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By Stuart Mayer on October 7, 2011
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This was my favorite album last year and I find myself putting into many mixes for friends. Their sound is retro surf pop, yet sounds fresh and new. There are other bands attempting to blend surf pop, Spector wall of sound, but none are doing it as well or with as much of their own voice as Girls. They are in a league of their own and I think they are getting better with age. Great album the entire way through which sets a very distinct mood. Both fun and heartbreackingly honest. Give it a listen. If you get a chance to see them live..do it!
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