No Good For No One Now combines the intricate beauty of Owen's (aka Mike Kinsella) debut self-titled LP with heartfelt songwriting full of bite, honesty, wry, and raw emotion.
To record No Good For No One Now, Mike moved back to his Mom's house and converted his old bedroom into a recording studio. During this time, Mike decided to make the cover image a print that hung in his Mom's house during his childhood. As it turns out, the painting is by a German artist named Charlot Byi, whose figurines and artwork from the 1940s and 1950s are highly collectable today.
Kinsella approaches clichéd situations with the kind of original and timeless songwriting that elevates No Good For No One Now to an unexpected and compelling level. A marvel of simplicity and sonic invention.
If people could hear either of his albums just one time their ears would be instantly intoxicated. If you only buy one album this year, strongly consider this one.
No Good For No One Now brings us a lot closer to a musician that has apparently ceaseless potential.
Harsh yet unblinking honesty set amid such sweet sonic confectionery.