Reviews in 200 Words

Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls

In Album on September 30, 2011 at 10:21 am

If Marty McFly had been a strung out street kid – instead of a suburban dweeb playing “Johnny B. Goode” at his mom’s senior prom – he might have made the music Girls make. Stressed out and fiending for a fix, Girls are a band fit for a black-eyeshadow “Under the Sea” dance. These co-eds smoke and drink. They’re ambiguous – socially, sexually, meaningfully. Clever turns of phrase abound, but you get the idea whoever this guy’s talking to – they aren’t listening. He rambles and raves, pounding his chest for emphasis. There are some serious jams here. Songs last near ten minutes – way beyond the 2:50 allowed at Sun Records. For those of us who are listening, though, this album is an overwhelming ode to never-found love. The musicality is stunning. Hints of Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Queen, and – yes – The Grateful Dead – are peppered among lyrics pining for, well, just about everything. Mostly girls. Boys too. “Deep, down, real down, crying, how I love that girl.” It teenage, but it’s too knowing to be made by teenagers. “If you would only stay – don’t you know I want you?” We want it, we just don’t know it yet.

-Jay Cullis

Check out the new Beat Jab Podcast, via iTunes

Also, our review of this album in addition to Jens Lekman’s new EP can be found this week at NUVO

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