Holy Ghost

Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Ratings: #127 / 758
User Score
Based on 104 ratings
2016 Ratings: #230
May 13, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Run for Cover / Label
Indie Rock, Emo / Genres
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A.V. Club

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.

The Line of Best Fit

A whirlwind of insecurities and wonder, Holy Ghost is the sound of four people coming to terms with who and where they are in the often overwhelming world that surrounds them.


Not a band to rest on their laurels, Modern Baseball have grown and matured alongside their fans, and the genre itself. It's this adaptability that's provided them with longevity and an almost universal appeal.


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.


Throughout, they still manage to delve into the perfectly-formed vignettes and clear-cut imagery that litter their early efforts, but the striking instrumentation allows their lyrics - and more importantly, their stories - to hit that much harder, making ‘Holy Ghost’ a truly brilliant full-length.

The Guardian

At only 28 minutes, there’s not a lot of Holy Ghost, but it’s never depressing or dull, and the tunes are sharply honed. Pop-punk may finally be (gulp) growing up.

No Ripcord

Holy Ghost just resonates because it’s so deeply felt and passionate - with hardly a wasted moment throughout its brisk 28 minutes - to such a degree that it’s easy to dismiss its songwriting flaws.


Modern Baseball demonstrate an undeniable sonic ambition and social conscience in a genre still reduced to a “Sad as Fuck” T-shirt.


While things may seem a bit more dour in Modern Baseball's camp, change is an essential part of art's process and this newfound maturity suits the band well.


Holy Ghost is, by far, the band’s tightest, catchiest endeavor to date. 

The Needle Drop
You could count Modern Baseball out as just another emo torchbearer, but the sharp production and songwriting on this new album for Run For Cover Records can't be denied.
Consequence of Sound

Togetherness seems so essential to this record, and unfortunately the structural concept splits things apart.

Drowned in Sound

Because of its unusual structure, Holy Ghost rarely manages to play to all of its strengths at once.

Although very short, Modern Baseball managed to craft an album that takes their typical style of passionately passive songs about the lows of young adult life and vastly improve upon it. The themes found in their older music is still here but more matured, focused, and with much heavier weight. And while their other music spent so much time looking down, this album closes with a hopeful send-off for personal growth and change. I hope these guys go on a reunion tour someday, but I don't think I ... read more
No one can conjure up depth into their songwriting from nowhere and Modern Baseball’s two frontmen, Jake Ewald and Brendan Lukens, have had no shortage of the kind of experiences that can lead to an album as personal as Holy Ghost. Since You’re Gonna Miss It All, Ewald has suffered the loss of a family member and Lukens has undergone rehabilitation and both through their lyrics have had to do a fair amount of growing up from their angsty songs about girls and being awkward.

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I feel like this record has been massively overlooked in most year-end lists. Maybe because it doesn’t push the envelope enough, but it doesn’t have to. It’s an emo record for the ages. Shorter than half an hour and full of fantastic choruses and instrumentation that compliments the song structures so well. I can listen to this thing multiple times front to back and enjoy every minute. It’s my album of the year.
It's a great piece of work to come out from Modern Baseball. Holy Ghost originally didn't sit well with me, but after some time I found the production and instrumentation a step above the rest from their label. They're heading towards more relevance with their songs and writing style unlike most of their contemporaries.
Those allergic to pop-punk are going to find slim pickings here, but approaching this album as an indie rock fan rather than a pop-punk fan, I still enjoyed it. Modern Baseball often marry downtrodden or confessional lyrics with bright and upbeat guitars, and do this better than most of their peers. This could grow old quickly, and even grows a tiny bit weary by the end of the album, making the short runtime appropriate.
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Track List

  1. Holy Ghost
  2. Wedding Singer
  3. Note to Self
  4. Mass
  5. Everyday
  6. Hiding
  7. Coding These to Lukens
  8. Breathing in Stereo
  9. Apple Cider, I Don't Mind
  10. What If...
  11. Just Another Face
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