Christopher Owens - Lysandre
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2013 Ratings: #813 / 1080
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
2013 Ratings: #321
January 15, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum/Turnstile / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Fly

That Christopher Owens’ songs are so simultaneously vivid, immersive and indulgent is one thing, that he has crafted the character to execute them so expertly is quite another.

80
DIY

'Lysandre' frequently charms. It is a primarily low-key statement, but does enough to suggest that Owens' future post-Girls may be very promising.

80
Sputnikmusic

At only 28 minutes long, Lysandre is easily digestible in a single sitting, but that really just embellishes its true purpose – to temporarily whet our appetites till all those other Christopher Owens solo records appear.

75
The 405

It's a much more intimate record, not in the sense of soul-bearing – there was plenty of that in Girls – but in that it's a record written not just for Owens, but for the girl of the album's title.

75
A.V. Club

Even with the thematic ties running throughout Lysandre, it isn’t overly ambitious

70
Drowned in Sound

These songs chart the narrative of a vulnerable man in strange and exciting new places, and they do so reasonably well, and with all the sincerity we’ve come to expect from Owens.

70
NME

‘Lysandre’ is an accomplished and confident first outing for a songwriter who already feels destined to nestle alongside Daniel Johnston and Elliott Smith as a master of the cult American songbook.

70
Paste

Fans of Girls may be surprised by how thoroughly Owen’s surf, punk and shoegaze influences have been whitewashed from the mix.

69
Beats Per Minute

The deftness and maturity with which Owens addresses the initial infatuation and eventual dissolution of the brief relationship with Lysandre is fascinating for a songwriter so often tied up in generalities.

65
Pitchfork

If the story of Lysandre is so significant to Owens that it demanded its own song cycle, his musical treatments don't always do the material justice.

60
Consequence of Sound

Too often, it just doesn’t seem like he was as ambitious with the craft of this one as he was with past efforts, however natural they may have sounded.

55
Under The Radar

Lysandre sounds a lot like a Girls record, only with a reappearing theme riff snuck in at the end of each song and the noticeable lack of at least one badass garage stomper.

50
PopMatters

A surprisingly brief, half-an-hour effort, with the lavish, multi-part epics that showcased Girls at their most adventurous and proficient conspicuously absent.

50
No Ripcord

Though Owens takes precise measures to avoid it, the downfall of Lysandre ultimately comes down to this same-y-ness, as the majority of the album's tracks do very little to truly grab the listeners attention.

20
Tiny Mix Tapes

Lysandre is full of problems/problematic things, and most of it rests on one of the album’s biggest problems: the insistent, ever-present “me.” 

Rob
70

Not as impressive of a solo debut as I was hoping for from him, but I don't think it's as bad as most critics are saying it is.

Z.Younk
62

As a Girls fan in high school, I bought the cd the day it dropped at the campus record exchange when I was in college, and needless to say was vastly disappointed. I have a soft spot for it because I listened so many times tying to like it more; but the debut is not his best solo album, now in hindsight.

soundsnaive
73

lacking so much from what Girls was, but a good listen nonetheless

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Track List

  1. Lysandre's Theme 
  2. Here We Go 
  3. New York City 
  4. A Broken Heart 
  5. Here We Go Again 
  6. Riviera Rock 
  7. Love Is in the Ear of the Listener 
  8. Lysandre 
  9. Everywhere You Knew 
  10. Closing Theme 
  11. Part of Me (Lysandre's Epilogue)
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Added on: October 25, 2012