Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Apr 12, 2011
    As a result, Holy Ghost! has created a classic pop album, albeit one dressed for dancing in hipster finery.
  2. 80
    Holy Ghost! may not be a game changer, but it's not redundant in an electro-pop scene increasingly dominated by progressive disco.
  3. Apr 7, 2011
    As slippery and elusive as this album's thrills can be, they'll eventually fall into place, one track at a time.
  4. Apr 27, 2011
    What doesn't make a direct hit on the hips and heart is, at the least, well constructed.
  5. Apr 26, 2011
    Holy Ghost!, a New York dance-pop duo with barbed hooks and a penchant for dramatics.
  6. Apr 20, 2011
    The group--mainly the keyboardist and singer Alex Frankel and the drummer Nick Millhiser, childhood friends from the Upper West Side--brings the same uncorked enthusiasm to its self-titled debut.
  7. Apr 11, 2011
    It's a competent disco celebration of an album, but Holy Ghost! will need to dig a little deeper into their souls and diversify their influences to make more of a mark in the long run.
  8. Synth-heavy disco and boogie, sleek Italo and plenty of New Order course equally through their veins; the duo spin a heavily thumbed vinyl library into something largely fresh, and even coax '70s smoove-rocker Michael McDonald into guesting at the end.
  9. Apr 5, 2011
    This isn't happy-go-lucky music; these are sounds reserved for darkly tainted dance floors, where smiles aren't a part of the dress code.
  10. Apr 5, 2011
    As it turns out, Holy Ghost! haunts with more consistency under the sheets than on the dance floor.
  11. Jun 8, 2011
    The '80s were a great decade. Holy Ghost! bring that back to us in our antithesis to the '80s' time. [May 2011, p.79]
  12. May 18, 2011
    The only problem is that the duo never manage to execute a truly killer pop hook, resulting in a debut that breezes by in a pleasant but ultimately forgettable haze. [May 2011, p.116]
  13. May 4, 2011
    As long as Holy Ghost! continue to cherry-pick the best moments of their particular strain of the musical past, they may just have a promising future.
  14. May 2, 2011
    Holy Ghost!'s self-titled debut puts me at a loss. There is no way to penetrate this album. It's dance music that exists entirely for its own disposal, either into your iTunes, your DJ set or your garbage can.
  15. Apr 13, 2011
    It's one of the most straight-up enjoyable records they've put out in a long time. [May 2011, p.88]
  16. Apr 13, 2011
    Ultimately, the songwriting isn't quite weighty enough to sustain a full album. Worth a check if you're a previous fan.
  17. Apr 12, 2011
    Holy Ghost! is an interesting album and much of the production is loving, well-crafted homage to some wonderfully overlooked disco genres.
  18. Apr 7, 2011
    Unfortunately, over 10 tracks, the band's musical limitations become ever more obvious, with songs like Hold My Breath and Jam for Jerry rummaging through the same box of retro tricks to lessening effect.
  19. Apr 22, 2011
    Hat-tips and insider references abound on Holy Ghost!, but what's communicated most strongly isn't, ultimately, the duo's abiding love for new wave and disco, or even the timelessness of the style, but rather the poverty of nostalgia as an aesthetic principle.
  20. Apr 4, 2011
    These guys are working within a fully-formed aesthetic; they've got hooks to spare and production out the wazoo, but right now, I'm just not feeling the soul.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 7, 2012
    Easily the catchiest album of the year, in my mind Holy Ghost headline the modern synth/dancepop revival in New York, and with good reason, they're experts at playing with rhythm and melody. Holy Ghost! has likely slipped through the cracks of a lot of top 10 lists, but their right up there with the best albums of the year. Full Review »
  2. May 4, 2011
    Layered synthesizers, eccentric vocals and clean, bouncy production bring this album together as another solid disco-influenced dance-pop addition to DFA's catalogue. Full Review »
  3. Oct 23, 2011
    One of the best NeoDisco/Alt Dance albums of the year. The band took me by surprise with a combination of relaxed b-sides and massive tracks. 'Jam for Jerry' is absolutely amazing. Full Review »