Owen is the break from Tim Kinsella's high art indie-rock/post-emo catalogue of bands (Cap'n Jazz, make believe, Joan of Arc, American Football). Far more romantic and acoustic than other records, the peak of this 8-track classic is 'Put Your Hands on Me, My Love'. Its intro jingles like Sufjan Stevens' Chicago, until soothing out into the most delightful acoustic sound that would have Jack Johnson jealous thanks to the genuine emotion on display. Jack needn't be concerned on a commercial front, Owen will never aspire to the fiscal wealth of Big J. 'Note to Self:' laces negative lyrics maturely into the romantic sound and the 8-track doesn't become samy despite a similar sound song-to-song. Fans of Belle & Sebastian, The Arcade Fire and The Strokes should all give this a spin. This band will bring a glow to anyone who puts in the effort. It's wonderful.
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Owen is Mike Kinsella, hia guitar and occasionally a couple of mates. but mostly Mike and his guitar, with overdubs and sigur ros-y atmospherics providing most of the highlights. The general mode is gently picked acoustic indie-rock, vacillating between the more oddball likes of Gastr Del Sol and Dashboard Confessional teenage-girl botherers.
On the negative side, it gets a little too close to the latter on some cuts like "She's A Thief". On the whole, though, the record is redeemed by some really lovely melodic guitar work (notably the coda of 'Bed Abuse'), and well-used studio trickery (Playing Possum). an addictive, cute addition to the Kinsella dynasty.