Girls - Album
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2009 Ratings: #47 / 892
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Based on 287 ratings
2009 Ratings: #40
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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.

dearsongs
NR

RIP to Chet JR White. Very sad news.

Was/am a huge fan of girls, saw them live several times and completely wore out their records back in the day. I wouldn't have been terribly surprised to see if Chris Owens died (due to his drug usage), but this is actually a surprise.

Also worth noting that the 4 songs that served as b-sides to the singles for Album are all excellent.

Solitude, Life in San Francisco, Oh Boy, End Of The World

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

ZeroTaste
71

Meh.

dark1209
92

The lead vocalist's voice takes some getting used to but once I got past that it's a fantastic Indie rock album.

ZeroTaste
71

Meh.

7rent
90

Took me three years to finally understand why the debut is just as amazing as the sophomore record. I love and hate that it takes so much time to realize this kind of stuff

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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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