Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

January 01, 1970

(True Panther Sounds)


Written after frontman Christopher
Owens had a tumultuous romantic breakup, Girls’ stunning 2009 Album was
propelled by manic energy and painfully honest lyrics. In the two years that
have followed, Owens and co-founder Chet “JR” White have refined
their skills, stretched out, and produced an outstanding second LP with Father,
Son, Holy Ghost


While Album was a
hallucinogen-laden catharsis reflecting Owens’ surreal youth – he grew up in a
cult that prohibited outside music, ran away to a drugged out punk scene, and
was then taken in by a millionaire- FSHG contains
greater concentrated songwriting efforts. The jangly singles are still present,
but the record is more a minor key expression of spiritual perturbation than a
short-circuited retro jukebox.


The addition of more members has opened up different musical
paths for the duo by enabling them to spread out without creating gaps;
illustrating this new freedom is the album’s apex “Forgiveness,” an eight
minute lamentation suffused with gorgeous chords and disconsolate vocals. Other
highlights include “Die,” a veritable arena rocker complete with guitar solos
and a Deep Purplish verse, and “Vomit,” a spacey folk ballad that
simultaneously evokes the likes of Pink Floyd,
Alex Chilton, and George Harrison.


Although the band’s toned down its franticness, it wouldn’t
be apt to call this album mature – it’s
retained the goofy élan that makes Girls so endearing – but the songs are in a different
league than the previous output. Like other retro-recyclers such as Ariel
Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Girls’ ability to amalgamate myriad influences into a
singular, earnest voice outweighs any naysaying critics’ complaints of unoriginality.
Father, Son, Holy Ghost contains some
of the deftest songwriting of 2011, and is more than a worthy successor to the
group’s debut.


DOWNLOAD:  “Vomit,” “Die,” “Forgiveness” SAM BALTES


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