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Girls - Are obviously quite a bit smarter than most boys,
This review is from: Album (Audio CD)
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?