Owen
Ghost Town


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
November 10th, 2011 | 47 replies | 9,042 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The humbling sound of humanity

Over the last decade there hasn't been anyone who has created music so depressingly beautiful and honest as Mike Kinsella has under the Owen moniker. His albums, such as 2006's wondrously crafted At Home With Owen, have always been an intricate amalgam of delicate guitar work and tactful platitudes that warm the hearth of the soul like coming home to a cup of chai in the dead of winter. Sometimes he can come across as a tad too self loathing – see New Leaves – but even then, Mike Kinsella's always direct delivery and nimble picking manage to keep his songs floating high above the waterline at all times. Ghost Town, Kinsella's 6th album in 10 years, is everything an Owen fan could want. It is a document of the inner workings of a man, splayed open and dissected down to the bone all while his heart is still beating, pushing every thought and every breath through stereo speakers. Whether it is his relationship, or lack there of, with the concept of god, his sincerest wishes for his daughter's future, or even the ups and downs of his marriage, nothing is off limits. The humble presentation of his songs showcase this. They are an emotionally rich dialogue that is so easy to relate to, it's hard not to get lost in his sentiments.

It is amazing how Mike Kinsella has been able to deliver such brutal honesty by way of an acoustic guitar for so long without ever once sounding contrived or trite. In an age when wannabe troubadours and makeshift singer songwriters everywhere can pump out their thoughts on love and loss or on how the world has fucked them and share them with an eager audience with just a few clicks of a button, songsmiths such as Kinsella are a welcome reminder that while almost anyone can pick up a guitar and sing, the words mean so much more when they come from experience.



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Phideaux
November 10th 2011



1654 Comments


Sounds cool. Nice little review.

Kris.
November 10th 2011



12280 Comments


fantastic album ya good review

Eskate87
November 10th 2011



959 Comments


I like the brevity; nice review. Will listen soon.

Gyromania
November 10th 2011



15482 Comments


"Mike Kinsella's always direct delivery and nimble picking manage too keep his songs floating high above the waterline at all times."

to* ;D Great review though, man

Jash
November 10th 2011



4244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tl;dr

I thought this wasn't quite up to the standards he's set for himself, but even then this is a great record

Ire
November 10th 2011



41753 Comments


gotta check this

tuk
November 10th 2011



151 Comments


listening to this right now, it's definitely excellent

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2011



50061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome


Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

cvlts
November 10th 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

couldnt relate with this album at all. good tunes and everything, but i just cant click with it.

Leatherneck
November 10th 2011



660 Comments


yeah i think it's good/decent/great but not nearly as good as @HWO

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2011



17204 Comments


Is that the only Owen album that people here listen to? I mean yeah, obviously that's his best, but every one of his albums is top notch and his EPs are fantastic.

mallen-
November 10th 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review is spot on

Relinquished
November 10th 2011



24915 Comments


"Is that the only Owen album that people here listen to? I mean yeah, obviously that's his best, but every one of his albums is top notch and his EPs are fantastic."

truth. I love all of his albums, AHWO is his best, but I find myself listening to the others just as much.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2011



50061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

All of his shit is glorious

Adash
November 10th 2011



1356 Comments


As beautifully functional as this review is, it does beg the question as to whether all the staff are off in Vegas chirpsin' and bang on the powder...

chaseee
November 10th 2011



223 Comments


Love the last paragraph, its the truth.

Bandido
November 11th 2011



816 Comments


Just starting to get into this project, if you will. Still not totally there yet, but I see the appeal.

Would this be a better place to start than At Home... or New Leaves?

iFghtffyrdmns
November 11th 2011



7047 Comments


niiiice this sounds good
all i've heard is at home i'm so lame

tkxxx7
November 11th 2011



6153 Comments


More Kinsella

Ending
November 11th 2011



1893 Comments


Mini review. Any recommendations where to start with this guy?



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