So far, the songs from Christopher Owens‘s second solo album, A New Testament, are shaping up to be some of the more instantly endearing in the former Girls frontman’s already-formidable discography. Seeing how he could make something new out of simple, time-worn Americana, country and gospel on such songs as “It Comes Back to You,” “Stephen” and especially video selection “Nothing More Than Everything to Me” has been a thrill in itself. And latest offering “Never Wanna See That Look Again” is of a piece, a concise and devastating piece of jaunty, twangy rock’n’roll heartbreak. But that “one time,” “two times,” “three times” count-up — why does that sound familiar?
It took some Googling to dredge this out of the old memory banks, but that bit does have a unmistakable resemblance to the “one week,” “five days,” “three days” lyrical-counting approach from Barenaked Ladies’ rappy, referential 1998 alt-pop hit “One Week,” doesn’t it? Doesn’t it? Just asking. (To be fair, the snappy melody also brought to mind classic ’60s pop, such as the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron.”) If there indeed was any BNL influence, it’s a tune potent enough in its own right to make me forgive “The Old Apartment” somehow claiming inspiration from the Smiths’ “Back to the Old House.” This is where we used to live, indeed.
As Owens sings here, “Say it’s not true, my love.” Or just don’t worry about it and enjoy. It’s all been done.
Listen to “Never Wanna See That Look Again” below, and scroll down for Owens’s newly announced tour dates.
Christopher Owens tour dates:
9-23 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
9-24 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
9-26 Washington, DC – Black Cat
9-27 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live Downstairs
9-28 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
9-30 Montreal, Quebec – Petit Campus
10-1 Toronto, Ontario – The Mod Club
10-3 Chicago, IL – Park West
10-4 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
10-7 Seattle, WA – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
10-8 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret
10-9 Portland, OR – Star Theater
10-11 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
11-11 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin
11-12 Paris, France – Le Badaboum
11-13 Antwerp, Belgium – TRIX Centrum voor Muziek
11-15 Liverpool, England – Kazimier Gardens
11-16 Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
11-17 Manchester, England – The Dead Institute
11-18 Bristol, England – Colston Hall 2, “The Lantern”
11-19 London, England – Islington Assembly Hall