Album - Girls
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the San Francisco-based duo of Christopher Owens and Chet White.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Studio majesty be darned, this could prove a modern classic regardless.
  2. Album is one of the year’s most bracing pop releases, and one of the best, a devastatingly fresh reframing of the pop songbook.
  3. Girls are genuine drop-outs, bona-fide freaks who’ve made a record far removed from the predictable cycles of the music industry. Now that’s a real story.
  4. Even if Album doesn’t turn out to be all it’s been made out to be by the reams of hype already bestowed upon it, it’s certainly working at the moment.
  5. 80
    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.
  6. On Girls' debut, Christopher Owens' made peace with his past and crafted ace tunes to go with his tales of redemption.
  7. Somehow, though, they forgot the crucial dollop of excitement or charisma, so we're left with an earful of directionless heartbreak and failure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Aug 1, 2012
    Girls' debut is definitely one of the best albums of 2009. There is a lot of emotion in this album, unlike most of the indie records nowadays. They are now one of my favorite bands Expand
  2. Jan 23, 2011
    We all know the back story by now... this was my favorite release of 2009 and it was followed up in 2010 by the excellent ep 'broken dreams club'. 'Album' is filled with radio ready songs (i think four different songs have been released as singles?) and has a nice variety to it. Lust for life, morning light, god damned, laura, all classics. Its going to be interesting to see how this band evolves, but if the BDC ep is any indication, look for more great things to come from girls! Expand
  3. Jun 3, 2012
    I do like the singer's reminds me of Elvis Costello. However, Costello's tunes had balls, brains, and had some compelling points to make about the psyche of the lonely, self-pitying sap. I like the newer album, but I really have no use for this one. Expand

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