• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Aug 9, 2005
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 91
    Repulsion is like The Wild Bunch seen from the outskirts of Edinburgh, a European reflection of the stylized American West. [Aug 2005, p.99]
  2. 90
    Let's just say the word "repulsion" doesn't fully sum it up. Enjoy the violence. [#16, p.96]
  3. A darn groovy good time. [2 Sep 2005, p.79]
  4. 80
    At times they resemble The B-52's having a bitter row, at others a particularly violent Femmes. [Jul 2005, p.110]
  5. If you can cope with the intensity, there are rewards aplenty to be found here - Sons And Daughters are the perfect group to fill the hole that The Delgados left when they split up last year.
  6. Taken as a full album in a single sitting, the drum-heavy tribal starkness of it all could be a little overwhelming; unrelenting, even; but the tracklist is just crying out to be dismembered and spread across your playlists like blood-spattering across a crisp white wall.
  7. With clever lyrics, batshit crazy instrumentation, and several songs you'll soon be whistling on your way to juvey, Sons and Daughters should have you leering scarily from the school bus for a good long time.
  8. Taking American roots music back to its spine-chilling origins, Sons and Daughters make rockabilly with a black punk heart.
  9. 80
    The Repulsion Box ushers in a strikingly individual talent. [Jul 2005, p.89]
  10. Easily one of the best releases of the year so far. [#10, p.107]
  11. Nothing ground-breaking, but an all-round good proposition.
  12. 80
    A raucous blend of rockabilly, country and '80s indie rock best listened to before a heavy night of Caledonian pint-drinkin'. [Sep 2005, p.112]
  13. 80
    The songs on The Repulsion Box sound like they were banged out in the underlit kitchen of a crumbling Appalachian cabin. [#69, p.108]
  14. Sons & Daughters are far from perfect, but The Repulsion Box is an energetic, sometimes thrilling record by a band slowly but surely carving out a unique niche for themselves.
  15. The album showcases Bethel and Paterson as solid songwriters who can willingly carry you into places no god-fearing man would dare travel.
  16. A wildly energetic record. [Jul 2005, p.120]
  17. Sons and Daughters stand apart from their poppier counterparts with their less-produced sound and their sturdy foundation of nothing more than a chugging rhythm section, intense vocals and that awesome mandolin.
  18. 70
    Somehow, amid all of this assault, the band builds some excellent tunes. [Sep 2005, p.136]
  19. They've got one song, basically. It's a fairly good song, comprising driving, rama-lama rhythms and pitch-dark lyrical content; but repeated 10 times in fairly mild variations, it inevitably loses its appeal.
  20. You often get the feeling that something's just a bit off.
  21. The record can get a bit dull or just plain hokey.
  22. A love of/obsession with antiquity can, at some point, become unbearable. To my ears, The Repulsion Box is one such ridiculous period piece.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JOSER
    Jan 4, 2007
    9
    Most bands never find their sound. Others do it in the fist record. Sons and Daughters did it. i am looking foward to the next chapter of Most bands never find their sound. Others do it in the fist record. Sons and Daughters did it. i am looking foward to the next chapter of their carrer. Full Review »
  2. MartiH
    Oct 25, 2005
    8
    Very good stuff and they were great live, as well.
  3. rert
    Aug 18, 2005
    10
    hi.