This Gift - Sons and Daughters
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  • Summary: The third album for the Scottish band was produced by Bernard Butler.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Look beneath the surface sheen, then, and you'll see gratefully receive This Gift as the best, most complete, Sons And Daughters long-player to date.
  2. 80
    The pace is relentlessly uptempo, but the sheer feisty spirit and conviction with which it is delivered ultimately brooks no argument. [Feb 2008, p.102]
  3. The viscous, darkly choppy, sexily fulsome and ferociously hard-driving blend of post-punk and country noir that distinguished their long-playing debut, "The Repulsion Box" is still evident, but it's matched with a bracing new breadth, dynamic diversity and myriad light/shade variations.
  4. There's a maddeningly incremental progression from each Sons and Daughters release to the next, but if the Scottish band is inching slowly toward a breakthrough, at least it has the direction right.
  5. 70
    There’s an exhilarating and ruthless intensity here, mingling the grimness of country murder ballads with the simplicity of girl-group pop.
  6. They try their best to make a staggering number of genres their own, but ultimately prove themselves to be jacks-of-all-trades, masters of none.
  7. True, there are many raucous sing along riffs. But occasionally, you’re left wishing for a more catchy melody as well, which would take these albums from mid-CD filler to killer rock single.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. DwamG.
    Apr 5, 2008
    Why are this band not yet global? Music to be frightened by.
  2. JoshK.
    Feb 2, 2008
    Album brings what is so great about Sons and Daughters - a strong, relentless beat with screeching guitars and charged vocals. Album is short but with their style, Sons and Daughters just just long enough. Expand
  3. NickP
    Feb 1, 2008
    I just don't like female rock vocalists. Call it what you will. The music is good though.
  4. GuillaumePop
    Feb 2, 2008
    Good Inspiration from the late 60's, 70's (Shocking Blue, Iggy...) but i'm not sure of its efficiency. Anyway, i love this band!