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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews Shuffle - JIM CAR­ROLL

Christo­pher Owens has truly lived the songs he sings. Born into a re­li­gious cult that turned against main­stream cul­ture, Owens es­caped when he was 16 and spent a cou­ple of years liv­ing on the streets. He is now based in San Fran­cisco and works with pro­ducer and fel­low Girls mem­ber Chet Jr White. Owens’s songs are a blur of emo­tions, from hurt, frag­ile frag­ments about heart­break, lost friend­ships and his child­hood to pow­er­ful af­fir­ma­tions of life and the sweet smell of sec­ond chances. Th­ese cracked bal­lads, hard-hit­ting an­thems and freak­ily in­no­cent Cal­i­for­nian pop mo­ments all come with fuzzy, ethe­real, sun-soaked sounds, and White’s pro­duc­tion evokes a mag­i­cal sonic world. You’ll spin Lust for Life again and again try­ing to work out how some­thing so sim­ple can be so com­pelling, but you’ll prob­a­bly also fall for the strummy, psy­che­delic bliss-out of

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