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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift of music
It took Sons and Daughters two years to craft their sophomore album, after the gloriously unique Scottish folk-rock of "The Repulsion Box."

And those two years have not dulled their musical skills, or the fiery vibrancy of their music. With lots of stylistic variety, but the same rough-edged rock'n'roll sound, "This Gift" is the musical equivalent of a...
Published on 17 Feb 2008 by E. A Solinas

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3.0 out of 5 stars very sad
I remember being truly disappointed when this album came out and after a few listens filed it away. However i recently came across the limited "live" cd that some early copies of the cd came with so thought i'd give it another go. The live cd was equally disappointing as it seems to have been recorded at Chem 19 which if i'm not mistaken is the recording studio for...
Published on 13 May 2010 by Peter Hill


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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift of music, 17 Feb 2008
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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It took Sons and Daughters two years to craft their sophomore album, after the gloriously unique Scottish folk-rock of "The Repulsion Box."

And those two years have not dulled their musical skills, or the fiery vibrancy of their music. With lots of stylistic variety, but the same rough-edged rock'n'roll sound, "This Gift" is the musical equivalent of a nighttime joyride in a city lit by its own colours -- it's fast, tight, exhilarating and a little wild.

Blistering riffs. Racing basslines. Thumping drums. "She has a gilt complex/break her neck/now she's run, run, runnin' right over the edge!" Adele Bethel murmurs. She rattles through a breakneck melody full of disgust for greed -- "... all you see is what you'll get/he's trying to buy some kind of measure/he's not sure of all he has/but avarice is all that he's made of... and everybody knows!"

They relax a little with the next couple songs -- "Split Lips" is a smooth piece of guitar-pop, but with a piano-wire edge to the catchy acoustics. And "The Nest" goes all out into... motown. The sound is a little off-kilter, and Bethel starts off on shaky ground with her spoken-word lyrics, but it gains more power after she hits the chorus.

And from there, they stick to their rough-edged form -- but they try out all sorts of music. Most of them are either tight, rollicking Celtic-flavoured rockers, or fast-paced guitarpop with stomping percussions and rough riffs, like the blistering wails of "House in My Head." And they take a brief time out for "The Bell," a relatively refined pop song with lots of smoothly cycling guitars.

Sons and Daughters have called this their "pop album" -- but apparently that just means that it's catchy and danceable even in their harder songs like "Rebel with the Ghost." It hasn't got a shred of the slick, bland sound that you usually associate with pop music -- it's all tight melodies, rough edges and impassioned vocals from Bethel.

Nope, they've upped the tempo without changing their sound -- thumping/stomping drums, blazing electric guitar riffs and a few low-key acoustic ones, and muscular basslines burning just underneath. And there's a rough, fiery edge to every song, filling it with energy that is all rock'n'roll -- and though the folkier rhythms are less prominent, you can still hear them in songs like "Chains" and the swirling title track.

And that muscular sound is only enhanced by Adele Bethel's voice -- she has a very pretty, clear, strong voice. And she uses those vocals like another rock instrument ("I rebel with the ghost/try to fight but my hands and feet are fading/holding onto the wall"), whether it's a "wa-oo-ah-oo!" yowl, blazing calls, or a throaty snarl (... open wide, draw the walls!").

If their first album was a smoky pub filled with dancing, then Sons and Daughters' sophomore album "This Gift" is a wild drive through the night. A brilliant follow-up, and a wonderful rock album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars where's the sons????, 2 Feb 2008
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N. lawson "morgoo" (bradford) - See all my reviews
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Brilliant album!!!! thats if your not expecting a sons and daughters album that is!, Im a big fan of sons & daughters so on first listen i was a bit dissapointed! where's the angst? where's the anger? where's the screaming? and most importantly where's the male vocal???? i dont mind that it's a bit popier a bit more of a polished production but it is missing the juxtaposition of that male famale vocal that singled out their first album, all the way through i was waiting for that distinctive scottish growl but it was sadly demoted to backing vocals! WHY???
like i said as a daughters album brilliant but the lack of sons on the vocals dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And everybody knows, 5 Feb 2008
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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It took Sons and Daughters two years to craft their sophomore album, after the gloriously unique Scottish folk-rock of "The Repulsion Box."

And those two years have not dulled their musical skills, or the fiery vibrancy of their music. With lots of stylistic variety, but the same rough-edged rock'n'roll sound, "This Gift" is the musical equivalent of a nighttime joyride in a city lit by its own colours -- it's fast, tight, exhilarating and a little wild.

Blistering riffs. Racing basslines. Thumping drums. "She has a gilt complex/break her neck/now she's run, run, runnin' right over the edge!" Adele Bethel murmurs. She rattles through a breakneck melody full of disgust for greed -- "... all you see is what you'll get/he's trying to buy some kind of measure/he's not sure of all he has/but avarice is all that he's made of... and everybody knows!"

They relax a little with the next couple songs -- "Split Lips" is a smooth piece of guitar-pop, but with a piano-wire edge to the catchy acoustics. And "The Nest" goes all out into... motown. The sound is a little off-kilter, and Bethel starts off on shaky ground with her spoken-word lyrics, but it gains more power after she hits the chorus.

And from there, they stick to their rough-edged form -- but they try out all sorts of music. Most of them are either tight, rollicking Celtic-flavoured rockers, or fast-paced guitarpop with stomping percussions and rough riffs, like the blistering wails of "House in My Head." And they take a brief time out for "The Bell," a relatively refined pop song with lots of smoothly cycling guitars.

Sons and Daughters have called this their "pop album" -- but apparently that just means that it's catchy and danceable even in their harder songs like "Rebel with the Ghost." It hasn't got a shred of the slick, bland sound that you usually associate with pop music -- it's all tight melodies, rough edges and impassioned vocals from Bethel.

Nope, they've upped the tempo without changing their sound -- thumping/stomping drums, blazing electric guitar riffs and a few low-key acoustic ones, and muscular basslines burning just underneath. And there's a rough, fiery edge to every song, filling it with energy that is all rock'n'roll -- think their last album, but catchier and more accomplished.

And that muscular sound is only enhanced by Adele Bethel's voice -- she has a very pretty, clear, girlish voice. So she sings like a rocker ("so I rebel with the ghost/try to fight but my hands and feet are fading/holding onto the wall"), whether it's a "wa-oo-ah-oo!" yowl, blazing calls, or a throaty snarl (... and everybody KNOWS!").

If their first album was a smoky pub filled with dancing, then Sons and Daughters' sophomore album "This Gift" is a wild drive through the night. A brilliant follow-up, and a wonderful rock album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not return to sender..., 3 Feb 2008
This review is from: This Gift (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic cd, with all the tunes and spark you could possibly want. Admittedly it's lusher and smoother than The Repulsion Box and Love the Cup but the added production extras courtesy of Bernard Butler have added to rather than subtracted from Sons & Daughters aggressive rama-lama rock n roll.
Oh, and why are Adele Berthel's vocals so underrated? She's the best rock n roll singer in the UK at the moment. This is truly a Gift you won't want to return.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great band, great album, 13 Oct 2010
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Tenebreux (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Love it! I wish I'd heard of them years ago. You can hear elements of The Smiths, the Velvet Underground and the Jesus and Mary Chain, all mixed together into a new blend. Apparently they've been recording, so watch out for the new album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very sad, 13 May 2010
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Peter Hill ""yoghurtknitter"" (Waterville Ireland) - See all my reviews
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I remember being truly disappointed when this album came out and after a few listens filed it away. However i recently came across the limited "live" cd that some early copies of the cd came with so thought i'd give it another go. The live cd was equally disappointing as it seems to have been recorded at Chem 19 which if i'm not mistaken is the recording studio for Chemical Underground records? There is no audience noise nor do the 6 songs sound much different to the main cd versions. It's presumably just recorded in one take in the studio and therefore not very live and is one of the least "live albums" i've ever heard!!
The main cd has perhaps improved somewhat over time and a few tracks are worthy of note but compared to the awesome mini-debut "love the cup" and the excellent follow up "Repulsion box" it still feels like a watered down effort totally losing their earlier angst and passion.
I was surprised to see this had four 5 star reviews but it seems E.A.Solinas reviewed it three times him/herself so that maybe explains it!!? On first listen i would only have given 1 star but it's not really a bad album , hence my choice of 3 stars, but it's just the amazing change in style that makes it a letdown. However if you've not heard the earlier two albums and like fairly standard indie rock this is a good example of its type....still very sad though
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4.0 out of 5 stars funny where u hear things...., 11 Oct 2008
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J. Riley "jon n murph" (leafy midlands uk) - See all my reviews
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as i said its funny where u hear things..avidly playing my new copy of NHL 09 on my xbox and this catchy ditty powers out every time i score a goal!! checked in the soundtrack credits and now im buying it. do your ears a favour and do the same.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Och Aye.....Rockin....., 7 Mar 2008
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Superb! Literate! Exhilarating!

Like the engine of a harley on a long ride down route 666 this remarkable album keeps buzzing and twitching at every turn. Punky and upbeat but with enough wit and variety to keep you interested,this is the first classic of 2008.

Angular guitars and strong melodies create a formidable cacaphony of energy and verve,the subject matter is dark,the basslines pulsate and the whole package is quality.

what a cliche ridden review haha....but this intelligent,rocky classic could only have come out of indie-britain....enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift of music, 1 Feb 2008
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: This Gift (Audio CD)
It took Sons and Daughters two years to craft their sophomore album, after the gloriously unique Scottish folk-rock of "The Repulsion Box."

And those two years have not dulled their musical skills, or the fiery vibrancy of their music. With lots of stylistic variety, but the same rough-edged rock'n'roll sound, "This Gift" is the musical equivalent of a nighttime joyride in a city lit by its own colours -- it's fast, tight, exhilarating and a little wild.

Blistering riffs. Racing basslines. Thumping drums. "She has a gilt complex/break her neck/now she's run, run, runnin' right over the edge!" Adele Bethel murmurs. She rattles through a breakneck melody full of disgust for greed -- "... all you see is what you'll get/he's trying to buy some kind of measure/he's not sure of all he has/but avarice is all that he's made of... and everybody knows!"

They relax a little with the next couple songs -- "Split Lips" is a smooth piece of guitar-pop, but with a piano-wire edge to the catchy acoustics. And "The Nest" goes all out into... motown. The sound is a little off-kilter, and Bethel starts off on shaky ground with her spoken-word lyrics, but it gains more power after she hits the chorus.

And from there, they stick to their rough-edged form -- but they try out all sorts of music. Most of them are either tight, rollicking Celtic-flavoured rockers, or fast-paced guitarpop with stomping percussions and rough riffs, like the blistering wails of "House in My Head." And they take a brief time out for "The Bell," a relatively refined pop song with lots of smoothly cycling guitars.

Sons and Daughters have called this their "pop album" -- but apparently that just means that it's catchy and danceable even in their harder songs like "Rebel with the Ghost." It hasn't got a shred of the slick, bland sound that you usually associate with pop music -- it's all tight melodies, rough edges and impassioned vocals from Bethel.

Nope, they've upped the tempo without changing their sound -- thumping/stomping drums, blazing electric guitar riffs and a few low-key acoustic ones, and muscular basslines burning just underneath. And there's a rough, fiery edge to every song, filling it with energy that is all rock'n'roll -- and though the folkier rhythms are less prominent, you can still hear them in songs like "Chains" and the swirling title track.

And that muscular sound is only enhanced by Adele Bethel's voice -- she has a very pretty, clear, strong voice. And she uses those vocals like another rock instrument ("I rebel with the ghost/try to fight but my hands and feet are fading/holding onto the wall"), whether it's a "wa-oo-ah-oo!" yowl, blazing calls, or a throaty snarl (... open wide, draw the walls!").

If their first album was a smoky pub filled with dancing, then Sons and Daughters' sophomore album "This Gift" is a wild drive through the night. A brilliant follow-up, and a wonderful rock album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What the hell happened?, 21 May 2009
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Their previous releases have been superb, especially The Repulsion Box. It was like nothing else; hard, driving folk-rock sounding stuff with passionate snarly vocal delivery, so hard that it'd knock your teeth in.

On this album they've gone for a boring watered-down mainstream rock sound.

I don't care if it was produced by Bernard Butler. He's an effing idiot for messing about with their sound.
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