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Issue #46 - June/July 2013 - Charli XCXOwen

L’Ami du Peuple


Jul 25, 2013 Issue #46 - June/July 2013 - Charli XCX Bookmark and Share

The latest album by Mike Kinsella (aka Owen) is a step away from the lush orchestral ruminations of 2011’s fantastic Ghost Town. While Ghost Town was more of consistent tone, L’Ami du Peuple is more variegated in texture, held together by Kinsella’s introspective songwriting. Plenty of tracks are gentle and string-inflected, but “Bad Blood” is rhythmic, percussion- and bass-driven, with a killer (yet brief) guitar solo; “A Fever” is all skittering guitar and electric wallop; “The Burial” is centered on jaunty finger-picked guitar; and “Where Do I Begin?” adds a midsection with almost-bar room piano. While Ghost Town was more impactful for its consistency, L’Ami du Peuple allows Kinsella to spread out and open himself up to different styles. And it’s interesting to see his songs adapt to their new surroundings. (www.owenmusic.com)

Author rating: 7/10

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