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Father, Son, Holy Ghost

GirlsAudio CD
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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: #48,913 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I kissed the Girls, they made me cry February 29, 2012
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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. I think the key word that springs to mind is `heartbreak', Christopher Owen frequently sounds like a broken, beaten wretch afflicted by inner turmoil - whether `looking for love' or missing `you my Ma', he is not a happy camper. When it comes to misery of the vocal and lyrical persuasion I often think of the difference in the way different people look when they cry - some are gibbering sweaty faced disasters, others look poetically beautiful. Similarly here Owen is definitely in the poetic camp (so who are the blubbering idiots you ask? Why am I picturing Fred Durst singing a ballad with the dude from Staind right now..?) and his performance makes the entire record captivating.

It is definitely the melancholic epics that stand out here whether it is the Floyd influenced `Vomit', Elliott Smith-isms of `Just a Song', the understated brilliance of `Forgiveness' or the aching `My Ma'. The retro pop tunes like `Magic' and `Saying I Love You' have a nostalgic quality that means they segue remarkably well with the industrial strength darkness that surrounds them and even out there moments like the Black Mountain style retro riffage of `Die' work well enough.

As we all know you should never pass up a hot date with Girls so what's your excuse sunshine?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Highly Disappointing February 7, 2012
By G.M.
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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. The EP was brilliant, and I could not imagine what awaited on the upcoming album.

Well, this album is highly disappointing. There's not much to say except that it sounds very nostalgic. Sounds like a cover album. Each song sounds like a cover of any given song from the 60s or early-to-mid 70s -- and not in a good way. They almost literally sound exactly like songs written by popular artists from that era and offer nothing new to the ears.

Because of this 'nostalgic familiarity' of every track, there's a major skip-track factor that I couldn't get away from. I've tried several times to listen to the album the entire way through. But even upon the first listening of a song - I feel like I've heard it before and went on to skip to another track, hoping that finally I'll land on something that's of the brillance of Broken Dreams... skip after skip and in no time I reached the conclusion of the album.. never landing on that hopeful track.

I hope that Girls find their way BACK to their own uniqueness again and don't fade away.
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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 3 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 4 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 15 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 17 months ago by R. Kesler
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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Breaks My Heart To Give This Three Stars
But as much as I try I can't even put this in the same category as the first album. The first album was incredible, with every song pretty much being perfect. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by pcaps
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls - The Holy Trinity
Holding out for Christmas presents may make economic sense but in the case of "Father, Son, Holy Ghost" by the remarkable "Girls" it amounted to a prolonged form of musical... Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by Red on Black
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