Lysandre – Christopher Owens (January 2013)

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With each album he released with Girls, Christopher Owens’ music would get a little more audacious.  This resulted in a diverse, often twisted third release in Father, Son, Holy Ghost, but while his audacity continues upward after he sheds his band, here everything shrinks.  With eleven tracks in 28 minutes, Owens keeps everything modest, although the “theme” at the end of many songs is as unnecessary as the sounds of intercontinental takeoff.  The confusion of his two concepts–his adventures in America on his first tour and his romance in the French Riviera (started by “Riviera Rock,” another unnecessary moment)–damages his bottom line.  The final four songs would make for a nice EP, but before takeoff, Owens’ tales have no weight (“Here We Go” and “A Broken Heart” deserve better), ending in his continued abuse of clichés (for which I’m still game) and perseverance through problems his story failed to establish.  Conceptual but jumbled, pleasant but weightless, and brief but unnecessarily long, Owens was better unfocused, with more than one girl in his music.

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Published in: on February 4, 2013 at 2:58 PM  Leave a Comment  

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