Broken Dreams Club

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Broken Dreams Club
Broken dreams club.jpg
EP by Girls
Released November 22, 2010
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Indie rock
Length 30:12
Label True Panther Sounds
Producer Chet Jr. White
Girls chronology
Broken Dreams Club
Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Broken Dreams Club is an EP and the second release by indie rock band Girls, released on November 22, 2010 on True Panther Sounds.


The EP was announced in a handwritten letter written by Girls frontman Christopher Owens. Owens described Broken Dreams Club as a "snapshot of the horizon" and "a taste of things to come."[1]

Broken Dreams Club was the first Girls release to feature a full band (Girls was previously a collaboration between Owens and JR White). Some songs, such as "Substance," were written before Album's release. Caitlin Upton's infamous response at Miss Teen USA 2007 inspired the EP's closing track "Carolina." Owens felt much sympathy for Upton after seeing all the negative publicity she was receiving and wrote the song "about wanting to save someone from the ravenous wolves of just the way the modern world is."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork (8.7/10)[3]
Drowned in Sound (7/10)[4]
Popmatters (8/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Spin 8/10 stars[7]

Critical response to Broken Dreams Club was very positive. On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the EP has a score of 79 out of 100, indicating "Generally favorable reviews."[8]

Allmusic's Jason Lymangrover wrote "If this is a sign of things to come, expect them to sound like Beirut or Grizzly Bear by their next full-length."[2] Popmatters' Arnold Pan gave the EP a positive review, writing "What Girls prove more convincingly than ever on Broken Dreams Club is that sometimes a little stylistic schizophrenia can actually go a long way in shaping a singular artistic vision. So just how Owens and White mix-and-match forms and make clichés not sound like clichés might be a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma... but all you really need to know is that their formula works..." Pan also singled out the track "Carolina" for praise, calling it "a sprawling, multi-part piece that recalls and one-ups Girls’ first breakout number, 'Hellhole Ratrace.'"[5] David Bevan of Pitchfork Media also gave Broken Dreams Club a positive review, writing "If Broken Dreams Club is indeed an honest glimpse of what's ahead, it sounds as though Girls have much more to give." The EP was also given a "Best New Music" designation in the review.[3] Drowned in Sound's Sam Lewis, commenting on the EP's diverse musical styles, wrote "It’s a scatterbrainedness that makes Girls endearing and frustrating at the same time..." Lewis continued: "Still, it’s hard to begrudge a band their niche when they do it so well."[4]

Broken Dreams Club was ranked #22 on Pitchfork Media's "The Top 50 Albums of 2010" list.[9] The same website also ranked the song "Carolina" #31 on its "Top 100 Tracks of 2010" list.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Christopher Owens.

No. Title Length
1. "Thee Oh So Protective One" 3:36
2. "Heartbreaker" 4:02
3. "Broken Dreams Club" 5:12
4. "Alright" 4:46
5. "Substance" 4:48
6. "Carolina" 7:43


Adapted from AllMusic.[11]


  • Garett Goddard – drums, background vocals
  • Matthew Kallman – Farfisa Organ, organ, electric piano
  • Ryan Lynch – guitar
  • Christopher Owens – cover art, guitar, horn arrangements, mixing, percussion, photography, vocals
  • Chet Jr. White – bass, horn arrangements, percussion, producer, synthesizer

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Ara Anderson – horn
  • Joel Behrman – horn
  • Dee Dee – background vocals
  • Richard Dodd – mastering
  • Dan Eisenberg – Hammond B3, piano
  • Rick Elmore – trombone
  • Corey Lee Granet – guitar
  • Tom Heyman – Pedal Steel
  • Dave McNair – mastering
  • Mike Olmos – trumpet
  • J.J. Wiesler – engineer, horn arrangements, Mellotron, mixing


Chart (2010) Peak
US Top Heatseekers 5[12]
US Independent Albums 34[12]


  1. ^ a b Schnipper, Matthew. Interview: Christopher Owens of Girls. The Fader. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b Lymangrover, Jason. Broken Dreams Club – Girls. Allmusic. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b Bevan, David. Girls: Broken Dreams Club EP. Pitchfork Media. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b Lewis, Sam. Girls – Broken Dreams Club. Drowned in Sound. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  5. ^ a b Pan, Arnold. Girls: Broken Dreams Club. Popmatters. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  6. ^ Eliscu, Jenny. Broken Dreams Club EP by Girls. Rolling Stone. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  7. ^ Walters, Barry. "Girls, 'Broken Dreams Club' (True Panther)". Spin. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Critic Reviews for Broken Dreams Club. Metacritic. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  9. ^ Pitchfork Staff. The Top 50 Albums of 2010. Pitchfork Media. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  10. ^ Pitchfork Staff. Staff Lists: The Top 100 Tracks of 2010. Pitchfork Media. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  11. ^ Broken Dreams Club – Credits. Allmusic. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  12. ^ a b Broken Dreams Club – Charts & Awards. Allmusic. Retrieved 30 July 2011

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