Owen // Other People’s Songs

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 4:45 AM
Owen // Other People’s Songs by Alex Bieler

Owen

Other People’s Songs

Polyvinyl

Owen’s Mike Kinsella is no stranger to covers. The longtime Chicago indie stalwart has pumped out a number of tracks that he has lovingly reshaped to fit his solo act’s intimate style, so it was not much of a surprise when he announced the release of the aptly-titled Other People’s Songs. The eight-track album features a selection of punk and alt-rock tracks from bands like Smoking Popes, Depeche Mode, and Against Me!, with Kinsella turning them into lush acoustic numbers. His version of Blake Babies “Girl in a Box” is particularly interesting, taking an already sweet-sounding song about the disturbing kidnapping of Colleen Stan and making it sound unnervingly loving. It’s Kinsella’s ability to add a whole new dimension to songs like “Under the Blanket” and “Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart” that separates his covers from the note-for-note fare, and Other People’s Songs certainly doesn’t disappoint. 

4/5

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