Boomkat Product Review:
Like all good press-accumulating bands, Girls come with a decent backstory attached. Frontman Christopher Owens experienced a dubious upbringing embroiled in the Children Of God religious cult, from whose clutches he escaped aged sixteen, heading into a world of pharmaceuticals and general rock & roll turmoil. After the split of his first musical project, Curls, Owens set about this project, romping through lustrous retro fodder like the joyful, yearning 'Lust For Life', the impeccable, '60s-tinged 'Laura' and the surf-rock scuzz-fest 'Big Bad Mean Motherf**ker'. The slower jams tend to invite comparisons to modern-day big-hitting JAMC revivalists like Glasvegas, even running along similar lines to Jason Pierce's gospel-gazing ways on 'Hellhole Ratrace', while not orbiting too far from Joy Division's 'Atmosphere' on 'Lauren Marie'. The whinier eccentricities of Owens' voice might be enough to turn off some detractors, but there's no doubting this band's ear for a timeless hook, and the more you live with the record the more impressive its affectionate plundering of pop history becomes. Recommended.