Pale Green Ghosts - John Grant
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Mar 7, 2013
    100
    It’s a towering achievement, building on what has come before while expanding it in astonishing ways. This is undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year.
  2. Mar 7, 2013
    100
    A genuinely remarkable album: self-obsessed but completely compelling, profoundly discomforting but beautiful, lost in its own fathomless personal misery, but warm, funny and wise. It shouldn't work, but it does.
  3. May 14, 2013
    81
    With Grant’s new Icelandic roots and electronica loyalties as a foundation for the sonic properties of Pale Green Ghosts--likely a far cry from the Midlake-backed organ-roots rock of Queen--the album somehow retains everything that’s made Grant such an anomaly in the underground pop world.
  4. Mar 7, 2013
    90
    The initial surprise on this follow-up is discovering that Grant’s songs work as well--if not even better--when paired with a synth-pop backing rooted more in the 1980s than the preceding decade.
  5. Mar 19, 2013
    100
    Throughout its running time, Pale Green Ghosts sees Grant ably balance a sense of humour with quietly devastating content.
  6. Mar 12, 2013
    90
    Rest assured, his remarkable voice and grasp of melody remain undimmed and while it may not sound exactly as you were expecting, it is a bold, distinctive and genuinely excellent record.
  7. The occasional familiar, Carpenters-esque track aside, it makes for an exhilarating musical progression--even as his lyrical style remains unchanged.
  8. Mar 19, 2013
    100
    Grant brilliantly skewers his own depression, addiction, bitchiness and heartbreak throughout a record which finds him mixing his penchant for corduroy, laid-back melodies with a new, rawly exposed synth-pop that feels like it's seeped up from an underground carpark, all hard concrete and cold, flickering fluorescents.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 25, 2013
    10
    Album of the year so far for me. Seeing him live and seeing how much he puts into his music just makes you appreciate it more. This album likes to be listened to loud! Full Review »
  2. May 16, 2013
    10
    Album of the year so far for me. Beautiful and sublime that doesn't pull any punches. His voice is just so dam amazing. It encompasses several different moods musically from the dance floor to the introspection of a lone nights drive. Be sure to give yourself a quiet moment to listen to the panoramic closing track Glacier very moving. Also you will NOT be able to get GMF out of your head ever, but that is quite alright. Full Review »
  3. Feb 17, 2014
    8
    though the songs might slow down and decrease in their power near the end, Pale Green Ghosts is an emotional electro-flavoured wonder that John Grant and many other people out there should consider to be the build up to a mind-blowing masterpiece. Full Review »