Lysandre (LP)


Christopher Owens

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Amoeba Review

01/14/2013

Anyone lamenting the passing of indie pop group Girls can be assuaged by the arrival of Girls frontman Christopher Owens as a great solo singer/songwriter. While not as grandiose as Girls’ previous album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, Owens’ album is not overly stripped-down. Flutes and horns dot songs like “New York City,” the glammy pop rush of which will no doubt remind some of classic Belle & Sebastian. The songcraft Owens brought to Girls is ever present, the melody of “A Broken Heart” instantly reserving a spot for itself in your head, even as it does peel back some of the layers of fuzz and production. The result just makes Owens’ talent that much more palpable. A bevy of female backup vocals, glam-rock solos and folk dressing hold Lysandre together as a makeshift piece of art — Owens methods are still as idiosyncratic as ever, even as he references canonical music. Perhaps what makes Owens special can be summed up in the opening lyrics of “Love is in the Ear of the Listener”: “What if I’m just a bad songwriter? And everything I say has been said before.” What other underground-tipped songwriter would allow himself such a naked, goofy song as “Love is in the Ear of the Listener” on his solo debut? Owens’ visibly bleeding heart turns detractions upside down. It’s hard not to smile all the way through listening to Lysandre.



Track Listing



Side a Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Lysandre's Theme
Christopher Owens
2.
Here We Go
Christopher Owens
3.
New York City
Christopher Owens
4.
A Broken Heart
Christopher Owens
5.
Here We Go Again
Christopher Owens


Side b Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Riviera Rock
Christopher Owens
2.
Love Is In The Ear Of The Listener
Christopher Owens
3.
Lysandre
Christopher Owens
4.
Everywhere You Knew
Christopher Owens
5.
Closing Theme
Christopher Owens
6.
Part Of Me (Lysandre's Epilogue)
Christopher Owens

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