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  • Summary: This double album marks the first solo release for the "brother" half of the brother-sister duo Fiery Furnaces. While the 'Holy Ghost' disc is as bizarre and experimental as recent Furnaces releases, 'Winter Women' marks a detour into more accessible pop.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
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  1. The chaos that ensues is catchier than you might expect. [11 Aug 2006, p.67]
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    Holy Ghost is something of a wash... Winter Women, though, boasts some of [his] best material. [Sep 2006, p.111]
  3. Bizarre lyrics, wooze-inducing dissonance and overly elaborate embellishments maintain Friedberger's genius-of-pretension title.
  4. All in all, the two albums prove that even Friedberger’s secondary musical thoughts are worthy of attention. [Summer 2006]
  5. Holy Ghost Language School is something of an endurance test... Winter Women is more rewarding by design; it only suffers from excessive length and Friedberger's continued insistence on slathering songs with random waves of noise and self-conscious dissonance.
  6. Without Sis, Matthew still does just fine, but let's be honest: You know the style by now.
  7. One might suppose that solo album(s) from the chief Furnaces songwriter Matthew Friedberger would magnify his flaws/assets, and in the case of Winter Women and Holy Ghost Language School, one would be correct.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. Nov 17, 2012
    The wonderfulness and precision-in-complexity of many of these songs makes me think philosophical thoughts. Creative visions. MANY highlights - I call out "The Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company Resignation Letter". Winter Women is very pleasing to start and finish (1-7, 12-16), and more difficult (but good!) in the middle. Holy Ghost is more like the middle part of Winter Women (in terms of accessibility at least), but "7th Loop Highway" and "Do You Like Blondes" are fun rockers and the rest are good and weird and go together. Overall, GLORIOUS and FUN and MEANINGFUL! Expand

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