Girls
Album


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
February 18th, 2010 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


Let’s not beat around the bush here: Christopher Owens has every right to be ***ed up. The guy grew up in a cult, one of those ‘60s hippie-era religious backlashes gone terribly wrong. He was brought up to believe the outside world was one of moral degeneracy and that outside influence would be the end of all that he held dear. But then something happened that cued sparks of rebellion in him. The older kids began to smuggle in poor quality tapes of Guns N Roses, Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, and suddenly there was something out there for him. So he left.

It’s a little bit difficult to not be absolutely astonished that an album like this came from a kid that didn’t know pop music existed for more than a third of his life. But then again, it’s kind of understandable. His music, at times, feels like a knee-jerk reaction to being thrown into a world with no one to tell you what you can and can’t do. In fact, Owens states himself that the very first thing he connected with after coming into the ‘real world’ was punk rock. It’s so fitting it’s a little bit poetic. No longer were there any boundaries of which he had to follow, music he couldn’t listen to, and books he couldn’t read. Christopher Owens could do whatever the *** he wanted.

But this is much more complex than rebellion. Album is a record as confused with itself as much as any listener could be. Owens grew up in a tiny little box with no idea what was outside of its darkened little corners and now that this box was open, what was he supposed to do? “Lust for Life” bemoans, “I wish I boyfriend, I wish I had a loving man in my life, I wish I had a father, maybe then I would’ve turned out right” and defeating the songs sunny jangle-pop guitars and doo-wop backing vocals, is how absolutely tragic it is.

His voice channels the blunt enunciation of a young Elvis Costello without the social commentary, instead focusing his energy on tackling his most difficult problem: himself. Album is, ultimately, about identity. For all of his fuzzed out, 60s surf pop adoration, what really cuts to the core are those broken, confused words, and it’s what makes Album so heavy-hitting. The slow-moving centerpiece, “Hellhole Ratrace” is the purest example of that, packing layers of backing ‘oohs’, acoustic strumming, and feedback one by one all to distract us, or perhaps himself, from the real problems at hand: “I don’t wanna cry my whole life through / No, I wanna do some laughing too”.

Girls is the platform for years of suppressed emotional discharge and Owens pours himself into every nook and cranny of this record; his rebellion, his confusion, his cry for help. This is his therapy and it’s sad, so sad, but as it comes to an end, you’re a little bit glad. The hopeful incline of “Lauren Marie” or the happy-go-lucky nature of “Summertime” make you think maybe Chris is getting better, and as he states himself in “Darling”: “I was feeling so sad and alone that I found a friend in the song that I’m singing” and it makes you feel good too. That’s how endearing of a character Owens reflects through Album and this is, in every sense, his album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Kiran
Emeritus
February 18th 2010


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

got so bored of coursework

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2010


8370 Comments


not something I'd find enjoyment in but good review man

plane
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2010


6094 Comments


This was very good, made me feel like an asshole for doing anything other than agree.

Yotimi
February 18th 2010


6506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'd like this more if the singer didn't sound retarded.

Digging: Chrome Sparks - Goddess

thebhoy
Emeritus
February 18th 2010


4461 Comments


idk, I've never been compelled to listen to this.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2010


15741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

mmmnope

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

STOP SHOUTING!
February 18th 2010


631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Like this review. "Girls" is a strange moniker.

AggravatedYeti
February 18th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree with you...

Kaleid
February 18th 2010


711 Comments


Dunno if I'd like this, he sounds a bit annoying. Nice review though

Kiran
Emeritus
February 18th 2010


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the review comments, appreciate it!

this really clicked with me lately so i felt compelled to give it a proper review (regardless of how baller the other review is). if anyone's interested, i found this really interesting: http://www.faqmagazine.org/ChristopherGirls.htm

basically goes into his background and how he left and tried to adapt to this totally new, totally strange american culture and all that

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
February 18th 2010


862 Comments


and people say cults are a bad thing.

srsly good review though, i freakin love this album.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2010


10460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review lad

Digging: Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE

Enotron
February 18th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I adore this record. Makes me feel all warm, inside.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 18th 2010


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i want to give christopher owens a big hug

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2010


15044 Comments


best

poopty
February 18th 2010


319 Comments


this record rullels

AggravatedYeti
February 18th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I listened to this again coming back from ze bars, still so good.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 19th 2010


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hellhole ratrace destroys me

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 19th 2010


3742 Comments


so listened to this again because of review and am liking it a lot more, didn't realize how omg epic hellhole ratrace is

AggravatedYeti
February 19th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

AND I DON'T WANNA CRY, MY WHOLE LIFE THROUGH! YEAH I WANNA DO SOME LAUGHIN TOO!

ahhh, shit gets me every time.

poor Chris Owens :'(



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