Do you hear what they’re saying: Holy Ghost!

Neither practioner of wimp-o-matic eighties electro recidivism produced a first-rate album this year, but having just gotten to Holy Ghost’s I prefer its articulation of incoherent angst, one guitar guitar squiggle at a time, over Junior Boys’. I doubt Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel figured out why they wanted Michael McDonald on the climactic “Some Children”; when he steps up to the mic after a minute and a half of tepid Mr. Coffee beats, helium synths, and slap bass, he sounds like a polar bear groggy from the interruption of its nap. I wonder whether DFA purposely sabotages its best tracks by smothering them in layer after layer of laryngeal afterthoughts.

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