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Father, Son, Holy Ghost

GirlsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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On September 13th, 2011, San Francisco’s Girls will release their second album Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Two years after their debut (Album), and one year after the follow-up EP (Broken Dreams Club) it is the natural, third entry in Girls’ recorded trinity, and features their most accomplished recordings to date.

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: True Panther Sounds
  • ASIN: B005BJ7Y54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All hail 'Holy Ghost' 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year contender 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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of 2011... September 22, 2011
By Nik
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great album November 2, 2011
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if you like classic rock and roll music download "My Ma". If you hear all the influences in this song then you sould buy the album. Beatles, Floyd, Dinosaur Jr.? Pavement? I dont' know, its so well done it just sounds "classic" already.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Significant departure from "Album" December 12, 2011
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars girls fans, must buy
this cd is so much different than there others but also so much better in my opinion. Vomit is a song for the books
Published 7 months ago by christi
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Just not my kind of music. Would love to hear someone record some good old rock and roll again for us old people.
Published 9 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars This album rocks
Creative modern rock music still exists. Don't forget to check out the bizarre story leading up to this band's career.
Published 19 months ago by Jason Strzemienski
3.0 out of 5 stars Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Father, Song, Holy Ghost is one of those eerie hard to pin down albums that floats with a magical memory, as if you'd been listening to the songs for your entire life; songs filled... Read more
Published 21 months ago by R. Kesler
5.0 out of 5 stars I kissed the Girls, they made me cry
Quite an incredible album, I never investigated the debut release from Girls but glad I've caught up with them here on the follow up. Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by Guy Haynes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is a fantastic album, you have to stay away from giving out 5 stars all the time and let it live for 5 - 10 years before being able to give something 5 stars!!! Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Sketchylu
5.0 out of 5 stars Father, Son, and Holy YES!
This is a great album through and through. I just started listening to MPR (Minnesota Public Radio "The Current") and I kept hearing the DJ say "The Girls". Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Matt Fisher
2.0 out of 5 stars Highly Disappointing
I had highly anticipated this release. I loved their first album, and I thought the Broken Dreams Club EP was one of the best records I've heard in a long long time. Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by G.M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good tunes, but...
This is a pretty good band, but I quickly get tired of Chris Owens' vocals. While they hit the mark on a couple tunes, there needs to be a bit more urgency and power on some... Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by puma
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think they could get better.
I honestly didn't think Girls could get any better from Album, but they obviously did. they have evolved and their sound is absolutely stunning in this cd. Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by kellyizradx
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