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.
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So when I first heard this album and was disappointed I thought I was being a jerk. There was something I didn't like about the production. And while I wanted to appreciate the new direction the vocals take I was a little dubious.
I spent two months playing this album every week. I'm still not really getting in to it. Vomit is good but just seems to go on and on and on. Honey Bunny is nice but doesn't jump out at me. I know I'm supposed to appreciate how they're mixing in a cool, hard rock-deep purple-esque song with Die but for all the force in the guitar the vocals seem to undercut that tension for me.
I'm sure I'll get a few dis-agrees here and maybe I deserve it. But whereas Album was album of the year for me in 2009, this didn't even make my top 20 this year.
Maybe I'll see them live and love it. They're touring with Real Estate and King Krule right now which would be an incredible show to catch!
Fans of Late Night with Jimmy Falon see The Roots perform every night and it's amazing to watch them play music from any genre. I think Girls is a band capable of that too. The core of this album is definitely Indie Rock but the outer edges are from all different genres. Honey Bunny is surfer rock. Alex has a 90's pop trio feel like Everclear (not vocally but musically). Die sounds to me like 100,000 Years by Kiss. You can sing those lyrics right along with the first minute or so. Love Like A River is straight outta Motown. And the bonus track, Martha Martinez is an instrumental in the vein on Jessica by The Almond Brothers.
To be continued...
UPDATE (7/27/2012): OK so now I've had this album for a while and I have to say it's one of my favorites. I don't listen to the CD from beginning to end much anymore because I like listening to all my music on shuffle. But when a song from this album comes up it always has a nice familiar feel and I'm glad it's in the rotation, no matter which song it is. I think that speaks to the variety of this album. Every song is unique and recognizable on its own and any one of them could be a radio hit. What a great, strong piece of art this is.
I was saddened to learn that Christopher Owens left the band. And let's face it, he WAS the band. So I don't expect another Girls record any time soon (you never know they might bet back together though). Does it matter? No. This album is good and it will always be good no matter if the band is together or not.
I'm not always in the mood for Girls' music, but when I am I have to listen to the album in its entirety. I find myself replaying the tracks 'Alex', 'Forgiveness', and the bonus track 'Martina Martinez' a few more times than the others.
Sample the songs. If you like their vibe, buy it. Great stuff, or, at the very least, good enough to impel me to come back and write a review. :)
The music is also excellent on this album. There are really good guitar solos, well-placed backing vocals, and an affecting song progression that balances serious, lighthearted, humorous, and reverent. The production is excellent and Owens' vocals are surprisingly good. Regardless of how he comes across, Owens is an overachiever, and it shows through on this album. Father, Son, Holy Ghost has a timeless appeal that will endure and may even grow long after most of the other albums of 2011 are forgotten.