Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Oct 17, 2011
    With Father, Son, Holy Ghost, the band has vaulted the equivalent of three albums ahead, taking the conciseness of the EP and confounding expectations.
  2. Sep 12, 2011
    This lyrical simplicity shouldn't obscure the fact that these are sharply constructed songs that take unusual turns. One of Girls' specialities is their willingness to go completely over the top but somehow keep us right there with them.
  3. Sep 13, 2011
    The pair has picked up a supporting cast and loads of confidence for Girls' second album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost.
  4. Dec 15, 2011
    a record that is both this good and a display of a band with so much more to show us does not come along often.
  5. Nov 29, 2011
    They sound like they'll probably end up being one of the most enduring bands of our era.
  6. Sep 23, 2011
    The simple truth is, you won't find a sadder yet more uplifting album all year.
  7. Sep 20, 2011
    With Father, Son, Holy Ghost's exquisite, beyond-indie melodies, arrangements, and musicianship (the playful "Magic," the elegant "Just a Song," the fiery "Die"), he [Christopher Owens] and bassist-producer JR White flirt with perfection.
  8. Sep 20, 2011
    This latest disc really seems to cement the notion that the collective combination of the songsmiths Owens and White simply cannot do no wrong, that all of that time spent kept away from the pleasures of modern music, at least in one member's case, has simply fostered an entity that is bemused and bedazzled with the charms of the past's reflective prism.
  9. Sep 13, 2011
    This album not only surpasses its predecessor but raises the bar for any band, indie or otherwise, mining the past for inspiration.
  10. Nov 3, 2011
    FSHG continues this wheelhouse effect, drifting from Smile session bounce on opener "Honey Bunny" into the heavy-psych wind tunnel of "Die" and sprawling anchor "Vomit."
  11. Sep 12, 2011
    Album is an astoundingly good record in its own right, but the omni-directional growth showcased on Father, Son, Holy Ghost is nearly overwhelming.
  12. Sep 12, 2011
    We have Father, Son, Holy Ghost: honest, occasionally crushing, often stunning, and all the better for the fact that Owens seems to be incapable of being anyone but himself.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 8, 2011
    Perhaps 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 Full Review »
  2. Aug 1, 2012
    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 a 79 on Metacritic. Full Review »
  3. j30
    Apr 23, 2012
    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 »