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Far removed from the bedroom-recording feel of Album, Girls take a spectacular step forward on their second full-length. Father, Son, Holy Ghost is dense, lush, and layered with particular care placed on capturing Christopher Owens’ voice. His vocals—the songs’ main focus—are still vulnerable and unguarded. The same elements that made Album and their 2010 Broken Dreams Club EP arresting and different are here yet delivered on a grander and more colorful scale. West Coast pop and psychedelic rock remain touchstones (“Honey Bunny” and “Magic” are pop gems), but here those styles are starting points for new and unexpected explorations. The tracks can vary wildly from each other yet work brilliantly as a collection. “Die” and “Vomit” feature elaborate intros, extended jams, and trippy guitar solos, while the soulful “Love Like a River” builds to a gospel-inspired crescendo with thick organ fills and backup singers. “Just a Song”, “My Ma”, and the sprawling, eight-minute “Forgiveness” are intricate, hypnotic ballads, and the heartbreaking and spare “Jamie Marie” is emotionally affecting.

Customer Reviews


This is the first album in quite a while that's really made me sit up and take notice. Loved the previous album but this I feel is better in every way. Songs sang with feeling and some great guitar work. Do yourself a favour buy it and encourage great music.

Girls are getting better and better

Musically and emotionally this is Christopher Owens' strongest collection of songs. They've grown rapidly as performers and arrangers, and 'Father, Son, Holy Ghost' is largely without the precocious touches that cropped up in their (fantastic) debut. These songs don't have the simple, recognisable shapes of their earlier works, so they're not big on instant appeal - but over repeated listens they reveal their complexity and some great lyrical touches. The second half of the album wallows a little and loses some of the shapeliness of the first few tracks, but it never loses its emotional force. Best downloaded as an entire album.

Album of the year

Yep, it is.


Formed: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

San Francisco duo Girls make druggy, ethereal pop in the spirit of Spiritualized and Ariel Pink. Christopher Owens was born in Florida to a mother and father who were actively involved in the Children of God cult, and spent most of his childhood drifting. After moving to Puerto Rico, Asia, and Europe, and having his first experiences as a street musician singing carols in a Children of God kids' choir, he became disenchanted with his lifestyle after catching a peek at American pop culture on TV,...
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