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There’s something special about Girls going kinda overground in 2011. While 2009’s spiky debut was undoubtedly a brilliant record, the fact is no-one bought it. So to see touts scrambling to buy and sell tickets outside their tour dates here last month felt like a proper victory – that as well as being praised by every cool band on the planet, the wider world was finally starting to take notice too. This couldn’t have come at a better time, because here’s a band with gloriously immodest ambitions, yet the songwriting props to back it all up. Despite operating in the most minimal – and messed up, should you believe the recent stories of opium-inflicted woe – of circumstances, Christopher Owens and JR White have simply managed to make a record every bit as grandiose and powerful as its title demands. MWk


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