Christopher Owens is better known as the vocalist for the band Girls but on his first solo album he takes a step in another direction with a album that is all tied together by the same musical theme running throughout every song. The theme is first heard in the aptly titled “Lysandre’s Theme” and it is then heard in some way, shape or form throughout the rest of the songs on the album. While that may be good for people who like the theme, I can see how it could be annoying if you’re not a fan because there’s no escaping it. Luckily, I enjoyed it and I think it works best in songs like “Here We Go” and “Here We Go Again” because it makes the album sound like a cohesive unit. Most of the tracks have this underlying theme of romantic pining and you can feel the pain in the vocals of Owens. This can especially be heard in my favorite track “Love is in the Ear of the Listener” about the subjectivity of music and love. I would recommend this album but if you’re expecting something in the vein of Girls you might be disappointed.
Think: Concept albums about pining for lost love. REC: 7, 2, 5 FCC: None Label: Fat Possum Release Date: January 15, 2013
Jake Waters reviewed this album on January 24, 2012