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2013 solo debut album from the former frontman for Indie darlings, Girls. The record takes on the narrative of "a coming of age story, a road trip, a love story following Owens from San Francisco to New York to France, where he falls in love with a girl named Lysandre. The record features Owens on guitars/vocals as well as Evan Weiss (guitar), Matthew Kallman (keyboard), Vince Meghrouni (saxophone/flute), David Sutton (bass), Seth Kasper (drums), Hannah Hunt (vocals) and Cally Robertson (vocals).
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 15, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum / Turnstile
  • ASIN: B00A8MGM0C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Syriat on January 15, 2013
Format: Audio CD
There is something about the hopeful yearning of Christopher Owens that makes this debut endearing and rewarding. Its full of great songs, simple arrangements and horns and strings - it might be released in January but sometimes it feels more like summer when listening to this. New York City is a great example of a song that has horns, a female voice along with Owens and a tempo and guitar that reminds you of Shame About Ray era Lemonheads, minus the fuzziness. Or maybe that's just me. Lead single Here We Go starts with a simple acoustic guitar and a voice telling a story (stories are important on this album and songs are sequenced in terms of the story they tell) and then breaks into something more with electric guitar almost sliding in and breaking the mood with a harmonica - this is quite a heartfelt début album. The horns on something like Riviera Rock almost sound jazz infused and it seems to work well. Those are just some of the tracks and perhaps its greatest strength (its storytelling and interconnectivity of tracks) might just be its greatest weakness as on first listen it can be hard to define each track. But that's a small quibble as the album makes you want to listen again and on repeated listens it really comes on strong.

This will please fans of the previous band as much as newcomers and it really is a strong offering. If you like your easy going acoustic singer songwriters then this is for you. Its got more than that going for it though and its well worth checking out.
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I think the review by Syriat summed up the album very well. I got into the "Girls" albums of Chris' band the last year or so, and played them a lot.
Then I saw he had his own solo CD out, and the first time I played it, "Best of the Year" went through my mind. Yes, it's a little mellow, but it
has just enough catchiness and pop feel in many of the songs to make you want it hear it over and over again. The first instrumental song reminds one of the middle ages, and your thinking what kind of album is this? But I liked it. Give it time though and things pick up for the very catchy songs of "Here We Go Again", "Rivera", and "Love is in the ear of the listener." "Lysandre: is also outstanding. Not a bad song the album. The whole album ties together at the end also. It's similar to a "Girls" album, with Chritopher's stamp on it.
Give it a whole listen, and if you are in the mood for nice mellow songs with a pop and smart edge by a great artist, you'll really like it.
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Debut solo release from leader of San Francisco's Girls--retro pop songs & ballads with a clear,
crisp 60s/70s influence marked by bits of folk & jazz. Owens' soft, fragile, quietly edgy voice and
penetratingly autobiographical lyrics pull the listener in with a passionate and honest, sometimes
playful, sensibility. There's a noticeable thread of almost easy listening, relaxed AM radio
schmaltz that pops through occasionally, enhanced by distinct use of flute & saxophone, plus a
dose of self-indulgence. It's a sweet, sort of sad, comfortable and accessible album that lacks
the underlying intensity of his work with Girls (who I think are amazing), but remains a pleasant and
relatively enjoyable listen. Shades of Bobby Goldsboro, Terry Jacks, Donovan, Aaron Freeman, Tranquility.
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I really wish this album were better than it is. The Girls record was so strong that perhaps I was being too harsh but I pulled this out again last night to spin and it just doesn't have any real musical value to me.
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By Tex on January 19, 2013
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Too slow and too whiny, that's how I'd sum up his album and his live show I went to 1/16/13. One of the tracks has him questioning his song writing ability, in the case of that song it might be merited, but I'm sure Christopher has to offer us a lot of great music down the line.
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