"When I look in the mirror now/I'm not as young as I used to be/ I'm not quite as beautiful as/When you were next to me." Oof!
Owens has a great sense for the telling detail, and no limits in terms of self-criticism. For sheer emotional power, I'd say he ranks right up there with Elvis Costello, but Owens has an inward focus and a much lighter touch. He's drilling down into relationships fractured and other aspects of life that simply haven't turned out as he'd hoped. But he's pairing honest thoughts with bright melodies, optimism and hooks aplenty. So much so, that you'll be singing along in no time.
On iTunes: Girls / "Heartbreaker"