• Record Label: DFA
  • Release Date: Apr 26, 2011
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
Buy On
  1. Apr 12, 2011
    88
    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
    71
    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
    70
    What doesn't make a direct hit on the hips and heart is, at the least, well constructed.
  5. Apr 26, 2011
    70
    Holy Ghost!, a New York dance-pop duo with barbed hooks and a penchant for dramatics.
  6. Apr 20, 2011
    70
    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
    70
    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
    70
    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
    68
    As it turns out, Holy Ghost! haunts with more consistency under the sheets than on the dance floor.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 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
    10
    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,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
    8
    Layered synthesizers, eccentric vocals and clean, bouncy production bring this album together as another solid disco-influenced dance-popLayered 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
    10
    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.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 »