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  • Summary: The San Francisco-based duo releases their sophomore full-length album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Oct 17, 2011
    93
    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 13, 2011
    90
    This album not only surpasses its predecessor but raises the bar for any band, indie or otherwise, mining the past for inspiration.
  3. Nov 29, 2011
    90
    They sound like they'll probably end up being one of the most enduring bands of our era.
  4. Sep 8, 2011
    80
    Girls' have traded their early work's immediacy for something that requires more patience but goes much deeper if you've got the time.
  5. 70
    The album's middle section yields the record's most comprehensive songwriting.
  6. Sep 6, 2011
    70
    It's lengthy, but the sensitivity of every guitar tickle and percussive touch, as well as main man Christopher Owens' spellbinding voice, means that it is rarely boring.
  7. Sep 20, 2011
    30
    On the whole, the album feels like a parody of music's tropes, limping along with no real soul.

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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/ Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2011
    10
    The sound is loaded with several generations of influences - from Pink Floyd and Bowie to Spiritualized and the Flaming Lips - but is deeplyThe sound is loaded with several generations of influences - from Pink Floyd and Bowie to Spiritualized and the Flaming Lips - but is deeply steeped in the early '70s; this album could have been made at any point in the past 40 years. Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2011
    8
    Despite its lofty title, the second studio album by Girls (two boys in fact) is a great treat for a lazy Sunday noon. Girlsâ
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Dec 30, 2011
    5
    I dont get it. Nothing Special. I've listened to it several times and still cant find one stand out track. Don't waste your money.....................

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