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Father, Son, Holy Ghost

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Girls return with their long awaited second full-length. More spontaneous and stripped-down than either their self-made debut or their lush EP, Father, Son, Holy Ghost is a gorgeous, largely minor-key record, enlivened by flashes of innocent pop and given depth by its wealth of influences and willingness to face sadness.


1. Honey Bunny
2. Alex
3. Die
4. Saying I Love You
5. My Ma'
6. Vomit
7. Just A Song
8. Magic
9. Forgiveness
10. Love, Like A Rive
11. Jamie Marie

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: True Panther Sounds
  • ASIN: B005BJ7Y54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By K. D. Kelly on September 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The name of this San Francisco band pretty much consolidates every traditional pop song down to its root cause.

The band takes pop roots and branches them out, sometimes elevating them to heavy-metal heights and acid-rock lengths, as on the sprawling "Die," which contains the lines, giddily voiced, "None of us is gonna be just fine / No, we're all going straight to hell tonight."

At other times, band mates Christopher Owens and JR White (with three new members added for Girls' second release) settle into hypnotic, lo-fi splendor, as on the sunny, yet shady "Alex," with lead singer Owens mumbling his lines in a drug-addled manner. Or the down-tempo, blues-rocker "How Can I Say I Love You," with its bittersweet message, "How can I say I need you? ... how can I say I want you? ... now that you've said everything I said to you / To somebody new?"

To be sure, "Father, Son, Holy Ghost," so named to illustrate the spiritual kinship Girls feels toward music, employs a variety of moods.

The album kicks off with the psych-surf "Honey Bunny," bouncy and strange like Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd. The roiling, rollicking "Vomit" moves from ominous to dewy-eyed in the space of a few minutes. The bulk of the songs are backed by a three-piece gospel choir, a key ingredient that unifies the frantic mix.

Toward the end is the album's shining highlight, "Forgiveness," a slow-cooker about letting go of deep grudges before they tear you apart, with its woozy keys, crisp acoustic guitar and bellowing bass drum. A bleary Owens croaks, "No one's gonna find any answers / If you're just trying to hide / From the things you know inside / Are the truth," the eight-minute spectacle eventually boiling over into a fury of white-hot licks and percussive thunder.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Mitchell on September 17, 2011
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The lead review on here sums the album up very well. It's an immaculately produced, diverse collection of songs that show off the songwriting talents of Christopher Owens (apparent on their quality debut, Album) and newfound chops and power as a band. This is one of those albums that is solid all the way through, and many of the songs reveal new highlights with repeated listens. The Floyd-ian "Vomit," "Forgiveness," and "My Ma" are probably the album's highlights, but it also features a handful of great songs on the undercard (the perfect indie rock of "Alex," the crunching guitars on "Die," the jazzy swing of "Love Like a River"). If you like this, check out the band's other releases - Album and Broken Dreams Club are both worthwhile purchases.

This has jumped into the lead of my "album of the year" race after heavy rotation over the past two weeks. I keep going back to it - it's addicting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nik on September 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have heard of Girls in the past, but never bothered with a full album before "Father, Son, Holy Ghost". I'm kicking myself now because I can't believe I missed this group on their debut. There is something at once familiar, and yet utterly fresh and infectious about the songs on this record. Musical revisionism is nothing new, but like another recent favourite of mine, Ariel Pink, the band mix enough love and new ideas together with the old to make the whole thing come alive.

The reviews before this one do a much better job of explaining its virtues than I can, but suffice to say this is a must listen album for anyone who considers themself a fan of modern pop/rock.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Girls, a band consisting of just two guys--and no girls--pretty much came out of nowhere with their excellent 2009 debut album, simply called "Album". Even more amazing was the significant splash that album made, well received by the critics and indie-music fans alike. After releasing a stop-gap 6 track EP in late 2010, now finally comes the band's second full-length studio release.

"Father, Son, Holy Ghosts" (11 tracks; 53 min.) starts off with an innocent sounding "Honey Bunny", although it is immediately clear that the production on here is much more polished than the debut album ever was. "Die" provides the first true head-scratcher, it's a classic rock song coming from somewhere around 1976, period. The dreamy ballad "My Ma" continues along that same classic-rock pattern. As does "Vomit"! By the time we get to the 8 min. jam-out that is "Forgiveness", I am quite confused by this all. Is this the same band that brought us "Album"? Not that this music is not good, but this album is a significant departure from the early sound. Seemingly gone is the early eccentricity, and polished power songs are the way to go now.

I've had this album over 2 months, and simply held off reviewing this, as conflicted as I was/am over this album. Again, this is not a bad album per se, but it takes quite a few spins to get comfortable with the idea that this is Girls. Still haven't had a chance to see this band in concert. I can only imagine they'd bring a number of guests with them to play these songs in a live setting. Maybe even a few girls. Meanwhile, if you loved "Album", beware, this album may or may not be your cup of tea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Foley on January 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Listening to a lot of what constitutes indie rock can be an exercise in frustration when I'm looking for new sounds. So many bands borrow so heavily from different sources that it's hard for me to figure out where the line stops between irony and sincere homage to past eras. Girls, whose first album was refreshing to me for feeling far removed from the new wave and electro of many of their contemporaries is a band who create very somber and heartfelt songs that never quite reach the histrionic depths of what one would normally consider a ballad or love song, and for this I give them a lot of credit. I imagine it's hard to write songs like these. Ones that touch upon love, heartbreak, general sadness and other parts of our human condition without going into emotional overdrive with the vocalizing.

A lot has been said of Chris Owen's talent for capturing the essence of 60's pop songs, but there's far more to the heart of this record than repeating past triumphs. There's less emphasis on the peppiness that was often the spirit of their first full length and here the band infuses recognizable arrangements from many different genres of pop and rock. The first couple songs are decidedly lighter in tone. The next track is the first detour, featuring screeching guitars while the sense of melody remains 100% intact. Later standouts like "Vomit" find the band employing some fine dynamic songwriting craft, starting its journey like a slowcore song from the early 90s, building with gentle verses before its pure-Floydian crescendo.

The rest of the album goes between charming pop and ambitious multi parted suites that sound like they `re as equally fun for the band to play as they were to construct. All in all I'd recommend this to any rock music lover. The songs never get too dark nor too irritatingly cheerful yet there's one thing they have in common in that they don't lack in depth nor feeling. Good job, Girls.
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