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Morphing from a twangy punk sound on their first two albums (one of which gave us the wonderful “Johnny Cash” single), to a more distinct garage sound, This Gift finds the Scottish quartet rocking all-out, with barely a pause for breath. The band (two girls, two guys) confess to a love of “the swinging girl groups of pop’s golden age,” and many of the tracks here use retro girl-group vocal arrangements in ways that perfectly play off Scott Paterson’s and Adele Bethel’s clanging, screeching guitars and the adrenaline-pumping tempos. The swaggering “The Nest” boasts huge, echoing drums and strutting guitars, perfect for white go-go boot action, and “Darling” is what the Supremes would have sounded like were they a Scottish pop-punk band in 2008, instead of a female soul-pop vocal outfit in 1965. Both the title track and “Chains” return to a sort of Wild-West dust-up, with guitars sounding like whizzing bullets and vocals full of spaghetti-western echo and implied doom. But songs like “Flags,” “House In My Head,” and “Goodbye Service” serve to show how Sons and Daughters reach into the past, present, and the future, to bend and shape the pop format into something vibrant and new.

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I usually don't write many reviews, I only do so in extreme cases of good and bad, and this is a case of the former. It's been a while since I've heard an album that was top to bottom perfect, but I'm pleased to say this album has ended that drought for me. Every single song here is fantastic and has me aching to see them live. If you really, truly, are a fan of music, buy this album. You won't be disappointed.

Amazing album

A little annoying that this album is seperated from the rest of the Sons and Daughters catalog but whatever. This is just a great album. It never lets up from start to finish. But through the blaring guitars, there are amazing folk lyrics. Singer, Adele Bethel, is definitely the star of the album. The album starts off with probably its best track "Gilt Complex". And just keeps rolling from there. Best tracks- Gilt Complex, Split Lips and Goodbye Service.

Ok listen up

the ONLY, repeat ONLY reason im giving this album 5 stars is to balence out the idiots that have rating this record thus far. in all reality this record is at the very least 3 stars. ITS GOOD, and if you dont feel like getting the whole record, get gilt complex, rebel with the ghost, and a couple others i cant remember. but seriously, to the person that said go listen to real rock like three days grace and linkin park, i want you to know that you should go ahead and stop listening to music. for the greater good.


Formed: 2001 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Glasgow's Sons and Daughters don't follow the indie pop formula made famous by their counterparts (Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura). Adele Bethel, David Gow, Scott Paterson, and Ailidh Lennon, who formed the group in 2001, compose a rough-cast folk-rock sound similar to the likes of Smog and Cat Power. Prior to getting together, Bethel (vocals and guitar) and Gow (drums) toured and recorded with the Zephyrs and Arab Strap. Paterson (guitar/bass) chiefed March of Dimes for a short time while Lennon...
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