Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    60
    Wahile Girls have returned brimming with confidence and enthusiasm, this record seems to overstretch them.
  2. Sep 23, 2011
    60
    In the end, the try-everything approach works out: if only because Girls' scatterbrained classic rock patchwork is so idiosyncratically odd. [Oct 2011, p.124]
  3. Sep 13, 2011
    60
    While there are some real successes here, Father, Son, Holy Ghost is extremely inconsistent.
  4. Sep 9, 2011
    60
    "Die" is generic glam riffage, and "Magic" is a tedious Britpop stomp, but there are many successes. [Oct 2011, p.86]
  5. Sep 9, 2011
    60
    The lo-fi arrangements are messy, too. Gospel choirs? Stadium rock riffs? Six minute folk songs in no hurry to find the nearest chorus? All feature here--not always seemlessly, but always with a certain charm.
  6. Sep 28, 2011
    55
    The album is nothing like a career-killer, but it is a career-worrier.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 8, 2011
    10
    Perhaps the most highly anticipated indie album of 2011, Father, Son, Holy Ghost was touted as a classic even before its release. These arePerhaps the most highly anticipated indie album of 2011, Father, Son, Holy Ghost was touted as a classic even before its release. These are weighty expectations for any band to endure, let alone a young band from San Francisco poised to release only its second full-length album... read the rest of the review at http://www.resonantpassage.net/2011/09/08/girls-father-son-holy-ghost/ Full Review »
  2. Aug 1, 2012
    10
    Girls have made the greatest album of the 2010s so far. Father, Son, Holy Ghost is an amazing masterpiece. I can't believe that its only aGirls have made the greatest album of the 2010s so far. Father, Son, Holy Ghost is an amazing masterpiece. I can't believe that its only a 79 on Metacritic. Full Review »
  3. j30
    Apr 23, 2012
    8
    Father, Son, Holy Ghost is one of the best album of 2011. The music, while trying to be sort of nostalgic rock, sounds surprisingly fresh.Father, Son, Holy Ghost is one of the best album of 2011. The music, while trying to be sort of nostalgic rock, sounds surprisingly fresh. Christopher Owens' singing is hard to get used to at first, but worth the first couple listens. Full Review »