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Album Review: Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost! (DFA)

NYC duo serving a fresh dose of addictive synth pop on their debut record

Album Review: Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost! (DFA)

7 / 10 The debut album by NYC duo Holy Ghost is probably the closest James Murphy’s DFA label has come to releasing unfettered pop music. You could see them as performing a kind of surrogate role: LCD Soundsystem are (were?) a shade too archly detached to seriously explore the Pet Shop Boys pulse, as Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser do here on songs like ‘Jam With Jerry’.

Synth-heavy disco and boogie, sleek Italo and plenty of New Order course equally through their veins; the duo spin a heavily thumbed vinyl library into something largely fresh, and even coax ’70s smoove-rocker Michael McDonald into guesting at the end.

Noel Gardner


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