12 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Far removed from the bedroom-recording feel of Album, Girls take a spectacular step forward on their second full-length. Father, Son, Holy Ghost is dense, lush, and layered with particular care placed on capturing Christopher Owens’ voice. His vocals—the songs’ main focus—are still vulnerable and unguarded. The same elements that made Album and their 2010 Broken Dreams Club EP arresting and different are here yet delivered on a grander and more colorful scale. West Coast pop and psychedelic rock remain touchstones (“Honey Bunny” and “Magic” are pop gems), but here those styles are starting points for new and unexpected explorations. The tracks can vary wildly from each other yet work brilliantly as a collection. “Die” and “Vomit” feature elaborate intros, extended jams, and trippy guitar solos, while the soulful “Love Like a River” builds to a gospel-inspired crescendo with thick organ fills and backup singers. “Just a Song,” “My Ma,” and the sprawling, eight-minute “Forgiveness” are intricate, hypnotic ballads, and the heartbreaking and spare “Jamie Marie” is emotionally affecting.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Far removed from the bedroom-recording feel of Album, Girls take a spectacular step forward on their second full-length. Father, Son, Holy Ghost is dense, lush, and layered with particular care placed on capturing Christopher Owens’ voice. His vocals—the songs’ main focus—are still vulnerable and unguarded. The same elements that made Album and their 2010 Broken Dreams Club EP arresting and different are here yet delivered on a grander and more colorful scale. West Coast pop and psychedelic rock remain touchstones (“Honey Bunny” and “Magic” are pop gems), but here those styles are starting points for new and unexpected explorations. The tracks can vary wildly from each other yet work brilliantly as a collection. “Die” and “Vomit” feature elaborate intros, extended jams, and trippy guitar solos, while the soulful “Love Like a River” builds to a gospel-inspired crescendo with thick organ fills and backup singers. “Just a Song,” “My Ma,” and the sprawling, eight-minute “Forgiveness” are intricate, hypnotic ballads, and the heartbreaking and spare “Jamie Marie” is emotionally affecting.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
205 Ratings

205 Ratings

karmapolice513 ,

Outstanding

Not memorable?? How can the great gig in the sky crescendo of "Vomit" not burn itself into your memory? Or the guitar solo at the end of "Forgiveness" that is as cathartic as it is loud? This is a remarkably emotional album, full of the yearning and passion that has been girls' trademark since Album. There is no question that this is one of the greatest and most memorable releases of 2011.

Jonny Reynoso ,

Another great album!

Listen to this album, you won't regret it.

blahblah8 ,

Uggghh

Can hipsters ever do anything without blatanly stealing from other eras and mashing it into one uninspired schizophrenic garbage heap? I can hear three decades of stolen music here. That doesn't make it unique or original.

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