Polyvinyl Records, 2011
Reviewed by Kent Manthie
Well, that was 2006, the year that At Home With Owen was released. It turned out that it would be another three years before his next album, New Leaves surfaced. In the meantime Mike kept himself busy, he played on a few songs on his brother’s band’s CDs – Boo! Human and Flowers.
So now it’s November, 2011, Ghost Town has just hit shelves and “cyber-shelves”, to coin an idiom and I must tell you, I have been rejuvenated by its hipness, its sardonic lyrics, the catchy acoustic and electric guitar mix and its all-around laconic wry wit. From the opening cut, “Too Many Moons” to his paean to his new daughter, “O’ Evelyn” to the mesmerizing “I Believe”, “The Armoire” all the way to the closing tune, “Everyone’s Asleep in the House But Me”, it is a real awakening, a refreshing new album and, being a big fan myself, it feels like I have a brand new album that is just for me.
I’d personally recommend No Good for No One Now, I Do Perceive and At Home With Owen as starters for people new to Owen’s music.
Anyway, I hope you will listen and learn and then start inundating Mike Kinsella with love messages – he’s on Facebook and MySpace, so he’ll respond and if we, on the West Coast give him enough love, he may just finally come out here to play some gigs – especially in San Diego and Los Angeles (I’m sure that he’d be loved in San Francisco as well), but since I am stuck in San Diego for now, I really hope he comes out here and plays a gig at one of the several decent clubs, because I will definitely be there, up front, taking pictures and writing about it! -KM