Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Label: True Panther Sounds
With their second album, Girls' production values may have gone up, but it doesn't mean they're any happier. It could be a fun drinking game to count the number of coy loves tumbling out of Christopher Owens' mouth, but then you'll miss the band's exceptionally nimble moves here. These range from the surf-rock of "Honey Bunny" to the stoner-rock stomp of "Die," the slow-burn lamenting of "My Ma" and "Forgiveness" to the prog folk (with flute!) of "Just a Song," the soul-gospel swing of "Love Like a River" to highlight "Vomit," which acts as the magnet pulling all those elements together.