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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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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.
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.
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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This may be in part due to the fact that the songs are liberally slathered in saxophone and flute, two instruments which I personally loathe. A disastrous production decision in my opinion. If this is what Girls would have sounded like from the start without JR then I'd bet none of us would ever have heard of them. Gone are the woozy, bi-polar peaks and troughs and bilious burned-out energy in favour of insipid jazz-lite muso noodling.
If Mr Owens had only ditched the band and played these songs un-accompanied, simply voice and guitar, then this might have been an epic album (hence the 3 stars). There are the seeds of wonderful songs here, broken lovesongs from a wounded heart, but the production and arrangements render them sadly impotent.
Perhaps this album will appeal to those who found Girls too challenging or alienating, and C.O will become a huge star, in which case I wish him good luck. My guess would be that there's a lot of hype around this record right now because it's coming off the back of his hot former band, but once the dust settles no-one will care much about this album.
I will be listening out for the next one, as I'm sure this is an artist with a lot yet to give, but with so much great music to listen to and so little time, I can't see me getting this album down off the shelf again. Disappointed but optimistic.
Quel tema che ritorna più volte nel disco è assolutamente irresistibile, quasi narcotizzante.
Aucun des albums de Girls n'est dans la même veine que les deux autres. Concept album en deux parties + un épilogue tout en restant très court, ce 1er LP solo d'Owens est encore différent, très folk-pop-limite-easy-listening-parfois, avec aussi un peu de... "soft ska" (?!?) notamment pour l'instrumental "Riviera Rock" (ce saxophone !).
Certes, il n'y a ici rien d'essentiel pour l'histoire de l'année 2013. Il faut prendre ce skeud dans la continuité des 3 albums qui précèdent, notamment si comme moi on a accroché dès le début de cette carrière : nous tenons en effet ici un talent des années 10 du XXIè siècle. Un peu "azimuthé" certes, mais un talent tout de même !
Beau produit "180gm Vinyl" avec paroles, crédits, et un code pour le téléchargement intégral.
Herr Owens kann aber nicht wirklich überzeugen, wenig gute Kompositionen und auch nicht besonders originell.
Ziemlicher Kitsch teilweise im Arrangement...würde ich mir nicht nochmal kaufen.