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Splitting up the well-regarded indie duo Girls after just two albums and an EP, Christopher Owens has wasted no time releasing a musically eclectic solo album that should satisfy longtime fans. Gentle guitars and soothing flutes turns "A Broken Heart" into a tune worthy of The Zombies' Colin Blunstone. "Part of Me" sounds as if Curt Boettcher's ghost visited the sessions. "Here We Go Again" features retro keyboards and nasty psychedelic guitars twisting in the wind. The bouncy pop and reflective singer/songwriter moments are the best that Lysandre has to offer. However, the oddball spots flesh things out in unlikely ways. "Riviera Rock" throws together a reggae instrumental that highlights a slightly humorous saxophone, which sounds like Owens found it on a late-'70s yacht rock album. The brief instrumental bits—"Lysandre's Theme," "Closing Theme"—repeat a pleasant but slight melody.

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mmmm. good

Thank you CO for making music.

Miss Girls

This album is very good but its on the self indulgent end of where girls was upbeat and fun this is more Vomit then Lust for life. Christopher is talented and spirited in his solo debut but I believe that the other half of girls is missing. We dont know what we have til its gone!


I love Christopher Owens, but this album, if you can call it at that, is a disappointment. It's a slight piece of work, clocking in under 30 minutes -- less than the Girls EP -- with melodic material repeated throughout. Would have been better to issue as a low-publicity EP than his first post-Girls major release.


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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