San Francisco's Girls have proven themselves to be more than just a nascent blog band. Their second full-length, Father, Son, Holy Ghost packs as much classic pop punch as 2009's lauded Album, but with a more fearless execution. Christopher Owens—the band's rather unabashedly opiated frontman—sings out more on this record, and notably employs a three-piece gospel choir to lend their reverberating harmonies behind his somewhat tenuous voice on seven of the 11 tracks. And the album's subject matter delves a bit deeper than the last, referencing his spiritual background, his struggles with drug addiction, and his complicated relationship with his mother. But the breezy pop flourishes and slackened, carefree postures have not been abandoned entirely; the album's first track, "Honey Bunny," carries on with an infectious "Kodachrome"-esque exuberance that will leave any problem behind in a Camaro's exhaust. RAQUEL NASSER
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