- Audio CD (6 Jun. 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Domino Records
- ASIN: B0008F111E
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Repulsion Box
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Already feted on the indie scene, and held in as high regard on Glasgows indie I-Spy game as spotting members of Belle & Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand, Sons & Daughters are finally slipping in to the mainstream, courtesy of this, their debut long-player The Repulsion Box.
Taking a little of Franzs new-wave sound, but adding their own twist, the angular, energetic guitars and martial beats are given a Gothic, twilit make-over, never exploding like you wish they would, rather remaining taut and aggressive bundles of frustrated energy and inexplicably folky guitars. Over the top of these is the stunningly enticing vocals of Adele Bethel, simply the indefinable ingredient that pushes the band into another stratosphere. Her voice - part coquettish vixen, part petulant teenager, rich with its Scottish lilt - is the bands most striking artefact; instantly blending with its backing, but equally standing out. The interplay with backing singer Scott Paterson simply adds another dimension, equally welcome.
The songs themselves range from the Smiths-y "Taste The Last Girl" to "Medicine" to the insanely catchy single "Dance Me In", all of which has enough angst and sing-along choruses in equal measures to appeal to both the average indie fan and their emo-loving sibling. --Thom Allott
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In fact, Sons and Daughters don't really sound like, well, any other rock band that's around at the moment. Instead they try something unique: combining the rhythms of punk and folk, resulting in the a gloriously dark debut album, "Repulsion Box."
It opens with a trashy drum solo, which is quickly joined by some sputtering bass and razor-sharp electric guitar. "Then I cannot feel my body and I'm floating then I'm drowned/And nothing I have taken keeps it down /It's a riiiide," Adele Bethel rapid-fires, sounding like an ingenue who's gotten mean after downing a few whiskeys.
And once the final explosive chords of "Medicine" have faded away, the album doesn't slow down. Okay, it slows down for exactly one song, a slow-burning rocker, before exploding into slow-burning rock, dancerock that puts trendier competitors to shame, and swirling punk set to earthy traditional rhythms. Result: both ominous and entertaining.
Okay, it's a pretty short album, clocking in at only about half an hour. I do wish they had tacked on a few more songs -- but then again, better a short good album than a lesser, longer one. And whatever it lacks in length, "Repulsion Box" makes up for in punch and energy. There's a purity to their music; no jumping onto trends or bandwagons, no filler songs.
Anyone who has heard Celtic folk will recognize the jiggy rhythms that make you want to dance, with handclaps, whistling and references to banshees.Read more ›
One big difference is the vocalists. Sons And Daughters have in Adele Bethel, a versatile vocalist who can slow things down coquettishly or festinate with bestial verve. Musically the Glasgow band are no where near as dynamic relying on rangy thickets of guitar, but they have a better instinctive understanding of rhythm and use backing vocals to add intensity and vigour to the melodies. Anyway enough with the Femmes comparisons this band deserve to be judged on their own terms.
Highlights include the feisty galloping opener "Medicine", the off kilter perambulating "Red Reciever",and the twitchily melodic "Dance Me In " but every song has some delicious delight to offer. From the way the carefully picked chords of "Choked" suddenly explode into a firestorm of tremulous apprehension or the simple head bobbing arrangement of "Taste The Last Girl" to the sardonically gleeful acid spite of the anthemic "Monsters" this is an album of enjoyable songs with enough added bite and dry malevolence to appeal to any one with a bitter thirst for off kilter rock thrills.
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Sons and Daughters have performed with some pretty big names in indie rock, with Decemberists, the Fiery Furnaces and fellow Scots Franz Ferdinand. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2006 by EA Solinas
The next big thing is by no means how one could describe Sons and Daughters. They will not be next. No doubt before they make it big, there will be a myriad of... Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2005 by Miss C. Ford
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