Owen deliver terrific covers album in ‘Other People’s Songs’

(Photo by Shervin Lainez)

(Photo by Shervin Lainez)

‘Other People’s Songs’
Owen (Polyvinyl)
3.5 stars out of 5

Though he’s been part of a handful of influential indie outfits, including Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls and American Football, I tend to prefer Mike Kinsella’s solo work under the Owen moniker. With almost a dozen releases since 2001 — including latest effort “Other People’s Songs” — Owen has cobbled together an impressive discography.

Owen CD“Other People’s Songs” is a covers album, plain and simple. Kinsella selected eight tunes from rock and punk artists and ran them through the laid-back Owen filter. The results are uniformly strong and pretty darn enjoyable.

The 29-minute platter features interpretations of tunes by performers as varied as Lungfish (“Descender”), Mojave 3 (“Some Kinda Angel”), The Promise Ring (“Forget Me”), Depeche Mode (“Judas”) and Against Me! (“Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart”). The relentlessly mellow nature of “Other People’s Song” might have grown tiresome had Kinsella overstuffed the record, but thankfully he’s trimmed any excess fat. Good work. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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