Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
New-found soulfulness with assured second album
At times Christopher Owens’ religious cult upbringing and drug dabbling has threatened to overshadow the music he makes as the driving force behind San Francisco’s Girls. No such problems with this assured follow-up to 2009’s Album, however, as at last the songs are more interesting than the frontman’s fucked-up past.
Owens’ issues remain, but Father, Son, Holy Ghost showcases a new-found soulfulness to the Girls sound and it suits them. Opener ‘Honey Bunny’ gets things going with a woozy rush of riffs, but it’s the ache of ‘How Can I Say I Love You’ and the gospel-tinged ‘Myma’ and ‘Love Life’ that stay with you from first listen, not to mention the album’s centrepiece ‘Vomit’; a six-and-a-half-minute epic that builds and breaks in the most majestic of ways.