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Owen: At Home WithAt Home With (2006)
Polyvinyl Records

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Mike Kinsella has made some wonderful records over the years under various titles, and one of his best musical qualities is the ability to continue making music without it becoming stale and boring. His works with American Football, Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz, et al. retain the beautiful style Mike is .
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Mike Kinsella has made some wonderful records over the years under various titles, and one of his best musical qualities is the ability to continue making music without it becoming stale and boring. His works with American Football, Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz, et al. retain the beautiful style Mike is well renowned for, but, importantly, do not become repetitive with each record. His solo project Owen continues as such, and his 2006 record At Home with Owen did not disappoint in that regard.

Unlike other Owen records of prior years, At Home with Owen was primarily recorded in studio environments, and thus has a more polished sound then earlier releases. It works, though--it works really well, incorporating the odd piano and violin. Mike's songwriting is as decorative and extraordinary as ever before, and includes a rendition of a Lou Reed classic that always brings a smile to my face.

There aren't any particularly catchy moments, nor are there any boring instances either. I very much doubt the record was written with this in mind, giving the album a great deal of replay value. At Home with Owen can only be entirely appreciated with a straight-through listen. In my mind it was always going to be hard doing better then (the ep) and I Do Perceive, but the songs are beautiful. With At Home with Owen, Mike Kinsella had once again produced another solid record.

 

 
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xyovanx (June 20, 2010)

This album is really awesome.

thenightman (June 17, 2010)

Bags of Bones alone makes this record worth getting

ericaisawesome (June 17, 2010)

I adore this record, so much.

you_are_a_loser (June 17, 2010)

Whenever this band gets mentioned, I always think of Throw Momma From The Train. OWEEEENNNN

eatdogs (June 16, 2010)

"one of these days" is such an amazing, yet simple song...

insinceredave (June 16, 2010)

This is my favorite Owen record so far, top notch.

mikexdude (June 16, 2010)

Are you serious? Damn, this album is so much better than you make it out to be.

TheMike (June 15, 2010)

I only have "New Leaves" of Mike's Owen records, but haven't listened to it lately... It's a bit more of a fall / winter album, and I imagine this is the same. I'll check this out in a few months, most likely.

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