Music Review: Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

posted on Nov.08, 2011

Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Release Number: 2nd
Hailing From: San Francisco, California
Genre: Surf ‘n’ Roll
Label: True Panther

The Girls is a two person band consisting of Christopher Owens and Chet White. Their second album is sure to impress and entertain. The group’s first album Album offered many tracks full of grungy guitar riffs and a rough voice. Father, Son, Holy Ghost is distributed a different way with more soft instrumental and ballad-like tracks. Although, the album has a similar sound that fans will know and love, it offers a new perspective with variety that is sure to intrigue.


The album opens with one of its retro-vibe tracks, “Honey Bunny”, full of Beach Boys style allure. Another track with an old, but revamped feel is “Saying I Love You”. The band utilizes this style in an exceptional way, bringing the listener to a different time full of innocence and naïveté. The tracks “My Ma” and “Vomit” have a similar soft dark form, with lyrics discussing sadness and confusion; “My Ma” makes pleas to God to for guidance while the lyrics of “Vomit” detail a search for love and acceptance. The songs “Die” and “Just a Song” both begin featuring a lengthy guitar intro which highlights the band’s true appreciation for the music itself. “Just a Song” begins with classical guitar, which offers a change from other songs on the album. The song’s simplicity and beauty goes hand in hand with the one repeated verse “Love, it’s just a song”. The track “Magic” offers a change from the rest of the album. With its upbeat feel, it’s a nice change-up from the other tracks on the album.

The Girls very successfully create an album with enough variety to maintain interest, while still achieving a consistent recognizable sound. Christopher Owen’s voice has developed since their last album Album but still retains his chillingly eerie and soft sound. It is evident that his lyrics are full of emotion and intent and are derived from experience. The tracks contain a delicate beauty that is a little different for The Girls but is sure to appeal to a large audience. The album contains such diversity; one is sure to find a song for their every mood.

–Heather Koenig, Music Staff

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