Owen is the solo project of Mike Kinsella (American Football, Joan of Arc). Although a bit more reflective and earnest, the songs on Owen are very much an extension of Mike's work in American Football, in which he did most of the songwriting and all of the singing.
He wrote, performed, and recorded this album entirely by himself (with just a bit of help from Rainer Maria's Caithlin De Marrais on a couple of vocal tracks).
Once Mike started working on his songs for Owen, playing live followed immediately. Mike went on tour with both Rainer Maria (opening up on three consecutive tours) and played drums with Kyle Fischer on a couple of tours for his Open Ground album.
Acoustic songs, vibrant restrained songs-far more beautiful than the finest moments Elliott Smith or Jeff Buckley...Owen is an important album to share with the important people in your life...a treasure.
In Music We Trust
Kinsella's first crack at a solo album is beautiful. Laid-back, finely polished, with enough dirt under the nails and rough edges to keep the poignancy alive and well...It will melt your soul.
Owen is a gorgeous piece of work.
A delicate set of bittersweet ballads, ethereal tone poems and snippets of sound woven together to flow seamlessly from beginning to end...demonstrates a fragile finesse that's beautiful and beguiling.
The music vibrates with simmering, suppressed passion and has the orchestral sweep of a grand and tragic epic. Songs become intimate soundscapes that chart the convoluted geography of the heart. It's music that's resonant, cathartic, and embracing.
Kinsella is adept at creating these little gems of tunes that seem at once fragile and comforting. This is a solid album...obviously well crafted and constructed.
Utterly superb. This is what Coldplay and Travis want to be, but just can't manage.
1That Which Wasn't Said (2:11)
2Most Days and (5:01)
3Most Nights (2:14)
5Declaration of Incompetence (3:56)
6You Should Do It Now While It's On Your Mind (4:13)
7Dead Men Don't Lie (3:11)
8Places to Go (4:45)
9Think About It (7:15)