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Editors’ Notes

Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens makes an unlikely move toward country music on his second solo album, A New Testament. Again working with producer Doug Boehm, Owens shifts the quirky momentum of his solo debut, Lysandre, into a sound dominated by swirling organs, sweeping pedal steel, and a trio of female backing singers who bring a gospel flavor (“It Comes Back to You,” “Stephen”) that’s particularly intriguing considering Owens’ backstory of growing up in the Children of God cult. “My Troubled Heart” settles on twang, while the best tunes (“Oh My Love,” “Overcoming Me”) settle into quiet introspection.

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Christopher Owens final transformation

I've been an avid listener of Chris' stuff since Girls first started up. A lot of the songs I see on this album are actually old songs he has written back in 2009 era. I've seen various acoustic and non formal presentations of them. His sound has really evolved and it sounds like (from what's readily available to hear at this moment) that he has finally made the transition into country music like he has been leaning toward the past years. I know he loves the genre and Dwight Yoakam is a big influence on him. I think his first solo album was a bit of a change that wasn't quite fully developed, but this sounds like he has some of the original players in girls helping him out and he has created another unique sound. I am going to have the liberty to coin it "West Coast Country". It still has the deep truth in the lyrics that you can relate to and feel the pain of a troubled soul, but it also has this sound of optimism like a ray of sunlight that warms your soul and make you feel at home. I am very excited I here the finished products of "oh my love" and "key to my heart" and I hope he tours in Texas this time! I'm definitely looking forward to this and I'm glad my boy Chrissy is finally evolving into the songwriter he wants to be. This is where his legacy begins and it only sounds better from here.

Another great release from Christopher Owens

I, like many other people, still treasure Girls’ discography as some of the best music released in the past 5 years. Girls unfortunately dissolved rather quickly, but lead singer-songwriter Christopher Owens thankfully continues to bless the musical world with new releases. Christopher Owens transformation as a musician has reached heights with his latest effort, A New Testament. Whether it be with Girls or his ethereal debut album, Lysandre, Owens’ playing and songwriting remains a shining, bright spot in music today. Many of the songs in this album, such as “Oh My Love” and “Overcoming me," were written years back, but now they are finally being released after being part of Owens’ repertoire for a long time. Owens himself continues to be fantastic as both a singer and songwriter, with a voice so light yet so heartwarming and melodies that are equally as beautiful. His lyrics, as seen in all of his songs, are so personal but very relatable. The lyrics of his latest album continue to be mostly sad and troubled, but now with more drops of optimism and hopefulness than before. Songs like “Nothing More Than Everything to Me” and “Never Wanna See That Look Again” have a clear country edge, while others like the incredibly heartfelt “Stephen” are unlike anything he’s done before. Accompaniment from past Girls members (the back-up singers returning from Father, Son, Holy Ghost are still amazing) is also a nice touch.
Overall, Christopher Owens has once again transitioned into new musical territory while keeping in touch with pure, traditional pop sounds. It can only get better from here.

Favorite Tracks: Stephen, Oh My Love, Never Wanna See That Look Again, Overcoming Me, I Just Can’t Live Without You


Born: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Not long after the release of Girls’ second album Father, Son, Holy Ghost, singer Christopher Owens announced that he was leaving the indie duo in pursuit of a solo career. Taking on a lighter brand of music, he began chasing the ghosts of ‘70s AM pop, integrating flutes and classical guitar in his recordings. In 2012, Fat Possum signed Owens to a recording deal and in early 2013 released his album Lysandre, a very personal debut that chronicled Owens’ difficulties coping with success...
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