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4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Dec. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B002OQZDV4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,752,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lust for Life
  2. Laura
  3. Ghost Mouth
  4. God Damned
  5. Big Bad Mean Motherfucker
  6. Hellhole Ratrace
  7. Headache
  8. Summertime
  9. Lauren Marie
  10. Morning Light
  11. Curls
  12. Darling
  13. Solitude [*]
  14. Life in San Francisco [*]

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Format: Audio CD
The story of Girls frontman Christopher Owen's is almost unbelievable. He was brought up in a cult called the Children of God, where his brother died due to a lack of medical care, his father left and his mother was forced to prostitute herself on occasion. Sure enough as a teenager he ran away and after living in gutters for a while he was ultimately taken under the wing of Texan millionaire and so he moved to San Francisco. It couldn't be written better by Shakespeare himself. So it is that Owen's had all the life experience he would ever need to create the master piece that is `Album'.

The first thing that comes across in Girls debut is that the music is totally stripped back and that there is absolute honesty in the lyrics. Christopher Owen's stark voice is open and emotional throughout. The closest comparison is the melancholy chimings of Okkervil River's Will Sheff but the music behind the vocals has an all together starker feel to it. The opening track and recent single `Lust for Life' sets the mood for the rest of the album. It is a bitter pop song with lyrics of "I wish I had a father. Maybe then I would have turned out right." The guitars roll happily through the track unaware of Owne's bitterness. The bass is smooth and the handclaps towards the end add a communal feel to it. `Laura' is an honest pop song, with Owen's crying out "I really wanna be your friend forever". It is a subtle track with nice melodies and well crafted echoing harmonies towards the end. Ultimately it is a strangely upbeat and hopeful track. `Ghost Mouth' then becomes much more mournful and regretful. `God Damned' then pops up its head like a strange camp fire sing along.

The following track, `Big Bad Mean . . .', then adds a new element to the mix in the form of some heavy distortion.
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Reflective and honest, this economically-titled album mixes Beach Boys harmonies, Kinks-brand summeriness and a bucket-load of charm. And it's all true, even the bit about being adopted by a Texan millionaire. Crackers and great. File under poignant and trendy win.
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The excellent review above by Toby Staunton should be the first point of reference on "Girls - Album". All I want to do here is comment on two of my favourite songs of 2009. Firstly the wonderful "Hellhole Ratrace". If Sophia Coppela was to remake "Lost in Translation" today this would track 1 on the soundtrack. It is the sweetest pop song I have heard this year mixing Glasvegas/Spector style production with some nice My Bloody Valentine swirling "bagpipe" guitars in the background to accompany singer Christopher Owens messy break-up. The other track is the opener "Lust for Life" not a cover of the Iggy Pop classic but Woods leading with a nasal vocal to produce a gorgeous Californian pop melody which will have you clapping like a wind up monkey with cymbals. These two songs are worth the price of the album on its own and if this wasn't enough you can also marvel at the funniest Beach Boys song ever written "Big Bad Mean Mothers".

The rest of the album is excellent and they recently told a music paper that it could have been "Pet Sounds" if they had decent equipment to record it on. I disagree since it is the lo fi and haphazard nature of "Album" that makes it stand out. As Uncut recently stated "Album' lurches bizarrely from the heart-rending to the goofy to the simply spaced-out, but what it lacks in polish it makes up for with buckets of charm". Yes it borrows liberally from other bands but without being beholding to anyone. "Album" is populated with ace tunes and if "Girls" ever do manage to get a decent studio who knows what is possible?
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bought this when I read someone's description in fopp and I thought I should try something new and unfamiliar to me.
the first track is how pop should be. look it up on youtube if you are unsure and enjoy the video too.
girls have created their own little world with clear influences but its a good world to listen to and feel a part of.
it's a little alternative but its real.
get this album and enjoy.
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