Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2011 Ratings: #58 / 964
Year End Rank: #10
User Score
Based on 275 ratings
2011 Ratings: #21
Liked by 5 people
September 13, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
True Panther / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Their music pilfers from the past without shame but also manages to sound like no one else.

A.V. Club

In another band’s hands, all this stretching would seem sophomoric, but Girls have always been great at grasping.


Father, Son, Holy Ghost is bracingly immediate, a collection of songs that don’t have to grow on you—songs that are fully realized and lovable at first blush.

Consequence of Sound

Father, Son, Holy Ghost succeeds thoroughly at nearly everything it does.

Entertainment Weekly

Nothing sticks like the Dark Side of the Moon-tinged first single ”Vomit,” but it’s a quietly compelling follow-up to their more adventurous (and much-acclaimed) 2009 debut.

Beats Per Minute

Father, Son, Holy Ghost seems like a step backward from their previous work.

Drowned in Sound

Father, Son, Holy Ghost is a complex record, one that doesn't quite fully realising Girls potential as great recording artists.

The Guardian

On first listen, you'll think someone should have spent a couple of hours with them in the editing studio. A few plays down the line, you'll realise that really would be missing the point.

One of the most cathartic rock albums of the decade, composed by an artist (Christopher Owens) who had tragic childhood and adolescence (he was raised in a cult, his father abandoned him, his mother had to prostitute herself for the cult leader, his brother died early, etc.) and an apparently turbulent love life (as the disillusioned "Alex" indicates).
Girls would breakup only a year later, but the farewell could not have been more powerful: there are songs that refer to Beach Boys ... read more
This album oozes soul and feelings, until you're covered in a hot, sticky mess of emotion.
An absolutely beautiful album. While it may wear it's influences on it's sleeve and be pretty simple, it still feel so damn unique and genuine. Every song on here has this incredibly laid back classic Rock and Roll feel to it and it just makes this project such an enjoyable piece to listen to.

Best Track: Saying I Love You
Worst Track: Alex
I think my score explain everything. This album feels like traveling in fast train that never stop until reach the destination, while you can watch ocean, forest and mountains from window but at the same time you think about your past life, relationships, family, job. And when the album end, you reach your destination while you feel satisfying that you had a good travel.
Girls' last record saw the beloved indie-rock duo stretching out their first LP's bright and vivid antics toward a more diverse set of rock tunes. The tracklisting starts in a rather slow, underwhelming pace, but, as the album progresses, the impression of undeniable inferiority in comparison to their debut starts to wear out, especially since we have emotionally charged songs like My Ma, Forgiveness or Love Like A River (the second half, by the way, is quite delightful, and way better than the ... read more
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Track List

  1. Honey Bunny 
  2. Alex 
  3. Die 
  4. Saying I Love You 
  5. My Ma 
  6. Vomit 
  7. Just A Song 
  8. Magic 
  9. Forgiveness 
  10. Love Like A River 
  11. Jamie Marie
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Added on: July 7, 2011