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Erin Donaldson takes a sneak peek on tracks from Holy Ghost!'s albums.

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As part of the recent influx of new wave revival projects, the self-titled debut of Holy Ghost! induces nostalgia for '80s dance culture, even in those too young to have experienced it first-hand. The electro-pop duo applies techniques from modern electronic dance music to its synth-happy roots - the result sounding much like a remixed soundtrack to a John Hughes movie. While this album is certainly a worthwhile listen, it lacks the edge of other recent efforts, as well as Holy Ghost!'s own previous releases.

It has been four years since the band unveiled their first single "Hold On," and that song still remains their best. (In fact, the most noteworthy tracks on the album are all those that were already singles.) Most contemporary new wave acts draw on the darker, drier Joy Division sound, but Holy Ghost!'s earlier work departs from this trend by infusing electro-pop with funk elements. Such deviation is still present in some tracks on Holy Ghost!, but the majority of the album is rather bland. It is doubtful that the average listener will be able to sit through all of the filler tracks until the end, when the funkiest, most exciting songs finally appear.

Listeners are left baffled as to what the band has been so preoccupied with over the past four years - clearly it wasn't perfecting their debut album. The slew of remixes they have released demonstrates how talented the two musicians are, but perhaps they focused too much energy on this side project. Had they put in the necessary effort, this could have been a great album - but what they have given us is still half-baked and mediocre.

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