Review: Girls – Live in Madison, September 30, 2011

Review: Girls

September 30, 2011 at the Majestic Theater, Madison, WI

Published October 1, 2011 by Jeff Becker

Review

Sometimes you only need your music to do your talking.  What a luxury that must be. You don’t need the right look, the right clothes, the coolest stage lights – or the hot looking bass player. When you’re touring behind, unarguably, one of the top 5 albums of the year – you get to just grab your guitar and do your thing. I recently read an interview in Pitchfork with Christopher Owens that he is overcoming and fighting through a bad addiction to various opiates. Great for him and I hope he makes it there. The one plus side for him, and for us, is that some of the greatest music of all time was written under the influence.  The examples of this are astounding.  Pick your decade and pick the 10 best albums and I’ll bet four fingers that half of those albums were written and recorded under the influence of a lot more than just caffeine. The new GIRLS album and their debut album and EP preceding it, are a magical mystery tour of blended pop at its best.

GIRLS blaze through genres with mind-blowing ease with gems such as ‘Vomit’, ‘Honey Bunny’ and ‘Alex’. Missing from this set, sadly, was – in my eyes – their musical centerpiece ‘Carolina’ – off their 2010 EP. There’s no band touring right now with a better album in their pocket than GIRLS. Their album, and music, is made for live performances. Where some bands paint themselves into a corner with perfecto studio imagery, GIRLS provides a wallop both on vinyl – and onstage. Christopher Owens isn’t there to win your heart or steal your girlfriend. His vocal style simply makes you want to listen – and then take all the pieces of his puzzle and try and put them back together again so you can figure out why GIRLS is so amazing. They sound like everything you’ve heard once before but yet they sound like no other.

–TWTHS

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