AOTY 2019
Girls - Album
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2009 Ratings: #44 / 851
Year End Rank: #12
User Score
Based on 226 ratings
2009 Ratings: #25
September 22, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
True Panther Sounds / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pitchfork

Girls frontman Christopher Owens grew up in the Children of God cult. His older brother died as a baby because the cult didn't believe in medical attention. His dad left. He and his mother lived around the world, and the cult sometimes forced his mother to prostitute herself. As a teenager, Owens fled and lived as a Texas gutter-punk for a while. Then a local millionaire took Owens under his wing, and Owens moved to San Francisco. There, he and Chet "JR" White formed Girls, and recorded Album, their debut album, under the influence of just about every kind of pill they could find.

80
Drowned in Sound

As unconventional musical ensembles go, Girls must surely register at the top of the pile when it comes to spontaneous muddled creations that confound any kind of pre-conceived expectations. Much loved by both the New York art-rock fraternity and UK underground indie scenes alike, this San Francisco duo and their assorted helping hands have somehow managed to conjure up an Album that doesn't just hop between genres at random like an overexcited rabbit, but actually creates its own guessing game in the process, enticing the listener into a rabid frenzy of self-doubt. "What will come next?" indeed.

itsyahboinoah
96
Such an endearing and emotional record, that is filled with sweet melodic sounds. The front-man of this band Christopher Owens brings much conviction with his song-writing, which at times can be spirited and other times bitter-sweet. If you know the back story of Owen's you know how much of a troubled life he had. You can hear with the sounds of the album of a worship to the beach boys or the ventures especially a track like "Big bad mean mother fucker" a surfer-rock sound. Other than ... read more
95
Girls are a touchstone of modern indie, and this phenomenal debut shows why. Full of life, full of love, exuberance, and rip-roaring music, this album is a joy to spin. This is a pure celebration of life!
MasterCrackfox
46
Just nothing of substance from this album, with a few tirelessly self-indulgent and repetitive tracks. Just couldn't get into this one.

Favorite track: God Damned
dblake22
80
Hellhole Ratrace got me crying so hard rn fml

Edit: This album was actually very good and I can't wait to listen to their other stuff.

FAV TRACKS: Lust for Life, Laura, Hellhole Ratrace, Morning Light, Curls
nebua
85
This album didnt touch me like their other works but still it is one of the beautiful example of indie rock history.
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Track List

 

  1. Lust For Life
  2. Laura
  3. Ghostmouth
  4. Goddamn
  5. Big Bad Mean Motherfucker
  6. Hellhole Ratrace
  7. Headache 
  8. Summertime
  9. Lauren Marie
  10. Morning Light
  11. Curls
  12. Darling

 

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