Review by Eugenia Vela.
Girls acts as a personal slap to anyone who says there’s no true music in California anymore. After the band’s impressively successful debut, appropriately named Album, Girls has come back with a new EP, Broken Dreams Club. As soon as you push play, you’ll understand what California is—what it sounds like, tastes like, even smells like, through those riffs of ocean waves—and understand why people keep going back for inspiration.
Along with Broken Dreams is a letter handwritten by lead singer Christopher Owens, and from what I can gather, he clearly knows that Broken Dreams is their sound perfected. With only six tracks, Girls tells stories of love, loss, and a substance that “gets rid of everything and helps you rock and roll out of control.” They’re simple songs that will throw you back to the greatness of Buddy Holly and the iconic charm of The Beach Boys. And for those younger, modern listeners who don’t listen to Buddy Holly or The Beach Boys, hopefully the joy they’ll get from Broken Dreams Club will have them reaching for their parents’ vinyl.
Those obvious influences, however, aren’t as much a part of Broken Dreams as they are of Girls as a whole. Because while Album was a more poppy, happy, fun-in-the-sun kind of ‘60s rock and roll, Broken Dreams is a collection of ‘50s style ballads that many could probably picture their parents dancing cheek-to-cheek to. The album opener, “Oh So Protective One,” is exactly that—a slow, easy ballad, complete with Owens’ crooner-like voice and mariachi horns.
An incredibly enjoyable thing about this album is that each track is like a chapter, each track has a personality. There’s the hopeless romantic, the dreamer, the über cool surfer, the stoner. Broken Dreams’ got spirit.
Broken Dreams Club does have a flaw: the past is everywhere. There seems to be nothing new in a way, because it’s all been done, and oh so long ago. But to be honest—I’m all about living in the past, especially musically. They do what’s been done so well that all is forgiven, and the sound they’ve taken and recycled is clearly getting people to enjoy the beautiful simplicity that new music so painfully lacks.