Girls Broken Dreams Club

Rating: NNNNWhen Girls' debut, Album, finally arrived in 2009, their next-big-thing hype had already reached a surprising climax for a.


Rating: NNNN

When Girls’ debut, Album, finally arrived in 2009, their next-big-thing hype had already reached a surprising climax for a band of timid hippies. Despite seeming oblivious to musical trendiness, the San Franciscans won over the hipster crowd with their lovesick, gender-bending, world-weary pop.

This EP sees their guitar-pop sound filled out with elements of country twang and space rock. The opening track even features a mariachi-style horn section and female backup singers. Girls continue to bypass fads by making timeless music about the universal themes of love, heartache… and drugs. Singer Christopher Owens continues to pen lyrics others might avoid, like “I just want to get high, but everyone keeps bringing me down.”

Who can’t relate to that?

Top track: The Oh So Protective One

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