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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Philadelphia quartet features Jacob Ewald and Brendan Lukens splitting songwriting duties between themselves with production by Hop Along's Joe Reinhart.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 13, 2016
    91
    In addition to being a powerful examination of self-worth and how it tends to wither beneath the responsibilities of adulthood, the record is also a testament to the band’s growth musically and thematically.
  2. 90
    Modern Baseball have found strength giving a voice to their disillusionment. With the daring demonstrated here, they'll be singing their spirits sounds for a long time to come.
  3. May 11, 2016
    80
    Rather than sticking with what worked before, Modern Baseball's two songwriters have pushed the band forward here, keeping their music in line with their rapidly maturing outlook.
  4. May 12, 2016
    80
    Whereas second LP “You’re Gonna Miss It All” delivered Facebook rants from a self-pitying underclassman, Holy Ghost is the hard-charging graduation speech.
  5. 80
    Overall, their sound's much tighter. Filled with more impact and warm, relatable moments. It's a passionate plea.
  6. May 12, 2016
    70
    The dweeb-core champs’ songs might as well come with a ‘kick me’ sign pinned to them, but the depth and quality of Holy Ghost is an exercise in kicking back and refusing to be defeated.
  7. May 16, 2016
    60
    Because of its unusual structure, Holy Ghost rarely manages to play to all of its strengths at once. It’s a bold choice, both interesting and admirable in its way, but it’s hard to get past the fact that it undoubtedly lifts towards its conclusion--building towards an energy it never properly inhabits.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 16, 2016
    9
    Unlike Modern Baseball's previous two albums 'Sports' and 'You're Gonna Miss It All', I did not like this album at first. If I had writtenUnlike Modern Baseball's previous two albums 'Sports' and 'You're Gonna Miss It All', I did not like this album at first. If I had written this review two days ago, I would have perhaps rated it 6 or 7. However, after giving this album a chance, I realise that it is Modern Baseball's best album in terms of composition and writing. Their sound and writing has matured a lot since their previous full length release, and this album contains none of the wit or humour that I loved about their previous albums. This album is much more serious, talking about mental health and loss, rather than girls and awkward social situations like on their other two albums. I prefer the second half of this album (Lukens' half) as I just like the short and angry songs. Expand
  2. Jul 15, 2016
    7
    Great vocals, great guitar riffs, great acoustic songs. Album grew on me very much, at first i was not a hundred percent into it but now iGreat vocals, great guitar riffs, great acoustic songs. Album grew on me very much, at first i was not a hundred percent into it but now i really put it on play more frequently. And the intro like holy cow, soooo good Expand
  3. May 14, 2016
    5
    I was really underwhelmed by this album. I love their older stuff and while every song is decent, none of them are great. I stopped listeningI was really underwhelmed by this album. I love their older stuff and while every song is decent, none of them are great. I stopped listening with two songs left. I was just over it. I won't ever listen to this album again. I'm disappointed. Expand