Owen – No Good for No One Now

OwenNo Good for No One Now (Polyvinyl)

This album has lots of pretty acoustic guitars and plenty of smart lyrics, but the singer sounds like he’s trying too hard to show that he really believes what he’s singing. Like all annoying singers who sing good songs, after you’ve been listening for a while, you tend to forget what you found so grating at first. “Good Deeds” is the highlight with the fine closing lyrics:

I know, it feels good.

So good that we should tonight

because maybe my mom’s right—

our good deeds won’t save us

(just true faith in Jesus).

So in the name of her Lord,

let’s do what we shouldn’t some more.

You gotta love the theological concept of Original Sin being used to rationalize going all the way with a girl. You also gotta love the very idea of writing a song that struggles with the morality of pre-marital sex in these “Fall of Rome” times. Maybe it’s because No Good for No One Now was, as it says in the liner notes, “Recorded at Mom’s.”

MP3 of “The Ghost of What Should Have Been” is available from Polyvinyl Records.

4 thoughts on “Owen – No Good for No One Now”

  1. the tonality of the guitar and swilring harmonies with the vocals tamber gives me chills. it’s creativity, at it’s best…a balance of expression and fucking awsome musicianship. keep writing

  2. Hey Everyone, yeah i was wondering if someone could find me some Owen Lyrics or something.. I’ve been trying to download songs, but they arn’t working at all. And if anyone knows them and could take out the time to e-mail them to me that would be greatly appiciated. Thanks! bye

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  3. I think this is a great record. I think Kinsella jr believes in what he’s singing and he’s not “trying too hard”. I think his mom’s studio sounds gigantic. Bye.

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