Girls
Broken Dreams Club


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eno USER (34 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2010 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With a stronger emphasis on songwriting, Christopher Owens solidifies Girls as a band of depth on Broken Dreams Club.

Girls' debut record, while pulled off with luster, could be questioned as to its sincerity. Sure, the sad tales of Christopher Owens' childhood could reflect some influence onto his angsty pop tunes, but the record's sprawling nature might've suggested some doubt as to whether Owens was a songwriter or merely the talented embodiment of a certain style. Album glamorously incorporated the multiple styles of the "pop revival" sound in indie rock bands, from shoegaze jams to surf rock anthems to lightly crafted, yet moving ballads. All of this in a solid package could very well be overwhelming, but the nasally whine of Owens' vocals as he sang sentimental lines such as "yeah, yeah, yeah, it's coming straight from my heart" left the listener assured with a warm, personable side to the music of Girls.

On Broken Dreams Club, the songwriting aspect of the band comes through with great strength and the songs present themselves in a manner that comes off as a full, genuine pop recording. While there are decidedly less quirks, Owens and JR White come together on this EP to create something that instead of shadowing the previous record, shows the band blossom into something more serious. Album was youthful, as Owens crooned about finding a better life and embracing the loose, hippie-esque lifestyle of the band's hometown San Francisco. Broken Dreams Club starts off reflecting Album, in which Owens details the miserable thoughts of a broken-hearted girl over blaring horns and detailed balladry. The heart-broken perspective of the first track slowly turns into Christopher Owens' own tale and this time around the songs are sadder, detached from the subtle optimism that was present in the band's earlier work. At times Owens' seems to miss the free attitude he once embodied, as he sings "And all the times that I've tried to go to see if you might be there, I will never get over you, I still got a lock of your hair." The songwriting sounds legitimate, the lyrics earnest, demonstrated on "Alright" as Owens frustrated performance over latin-tinged instrumentation settles itself into a dreamy, fully realized coda. The love-letter to drug use that is "Substance" might have listeners question whether the band has grown, until the song resolves into a gorgeous harmony of "I take the key in my hand and it opens up the day. I take the key in my hand and it takes the pain away."

While presenting itself as perhaps a more focused work than their debut record, Broken Dreams Club has Christopher Owens as confused about his niche and his sorrow as on the previous album. In fact, this EP may very well depict a more passionate search of Owens' identity and understanding of the world. At times it seems Owens has flat out given up, coming to terms with his broken existence. However on "Carolina", the mixed feelings of doubt, hope, frustration all culminate, pummeling through noise and krautrock coldness before blossoming into a last grab for peace and escape, as a lovely surf song breaks out from the noise. While Owens' hasn't perhaps found a conclusion to his sorrow, Broken Dreams Club offers a solid, gorgeously produced perspective that shows the true depth of Girls and the yearning that drives the music.



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Enotron
November 22nd 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

really diggin this

point out typos, critique, etc.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 22nd 2010


10614 Comments


You really are a good writer man

Incredibly easy to give pos.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

Enotron
November 22nd 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

cheers dawg

tinkrbel
November 22nd 2010


1698 Comments


but the records sprawling nature might've

should be record's
Broken Dreams Club has Christopher Owens as confused about his niche and his sorrow as much as the previous album.

should probably take out that "as much"
and look it over once again as to when you use Owens and Owens'
great review though, pos
sounds like it's incredibly depressing music


Enotron
November 22nd 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

noted, thanks a bunch

starry
November 22nd 2010


552 Comments


First two tracks sound the best. The first track using the light rocking rhythm of some late 50s rock 'n' roll. Other parts are a bit more sentimental (probably partly bluesy) sounding, like the title track.

Enotron
November 22nd 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yerp great ep homeboys should really check this out

AggravatedYeti
November 22nd 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what a fine fine collection of tunes this is.
review aint too shabby either ; )

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2010


31358 Comments


Is the members also liked section a fair representation as to what this band sounds like? I've always been slightly meaning to check them out

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Enotron
November 22nd 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

not at all dev. this band is like serious throwback poppy stuff, lots of surf tunes, lots of elvis costello here and there.

conradtao
Emeritus
November 22nd 2010


2090 Comments


"While presenting itself as perhaps a more focused work than their debut record, Broken Dreams Club has Christopher Owens as confused about his niche and his sorrow as the previous album."

Last bit should probably be "Broken Dreams Club has Christopher Owens as confused about his niche and his sorrow as on the previous album," or something to that effect. Just reads a bit awkwardly. Pos, though, you're a fantastic writer.

AtavanHalen
November 22nd 2010


17927 Comments


I just love the fact that there's Girls and there's Women and you've reviewed both

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2010


31358 Comments


Doesn't sound like my tbh then eno

Kiran
Emeritus
November 23rd 2010


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love the production on this, first song sounds so sexy

great review as usual dude

Sheeple9000
November 23rd 2010


1349 Comments


On 1 Lists

Mine!

Enotron
November 23rd 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yep their last album was called album

I just love the fact that there's Girls and there's Women and you've reviewed both


ima ladiesss man

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 23rd 2010


10614 Comments


Congrats on the feature bro!

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2010


15050 Comments


"Christopher Owens solidifies Girls as a band of depth, through the song-written based angle of Broken Dreams Club"

what does "song-written based angle mean"

also id suggest switching the two parts of this sentence around

"Through the blank, Christopher owens does this"

reads better to me

Fort23
November 23rd 2010


2475 Comments


this is pretty fly.

Enotron
November 23rd 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

what does "song-written based angle mean"

also id suggest switching the two parts of this sentence around

"Through the blank, Christopher owens does this"

reads better to me


it means that instead of the style or production, that the album is more focused around the core of the song.

but yeah i'll consider switching it around



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