The Spinners

Album (Girls, 2009)

In American, Indie Rock, Richard Bolisay on April 17, 2010 at 2:40 am

Show me the meaning of being lonely. Not the Backstreet Boys song but Girls’ debut. Meaning, loneliness that is not only shown and felt but also smelled and tasted. There’s schmaltz but there’s no kitsch, courteous or not, for Owens leaves the Orbison or Costello comparisons like he doesn’t know them, unaware of one’s heartstrings, singing like a butterfly to a dying flower. A pollination of some sort, the way “Hellhole Ratrace” kills word for word like euthanasia, the butterfly leaving with a bucketful of tears, carrying it and waking up only to realize that it’s just a hangover. Guilty roads to an endless love fits here better than in a boyband single.

– Richard Bolisay

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