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THIS GIFT * album of the week *
:: Sons And Daughters ::
21 January 2008 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
By Simon Brown

Scotland's Sons & Daughters have always exuded a classy, almost brittle breed of rambling blues and folk, played with a deliberately deft and heavily sensitive hand : one that often hid a lingering brutality. “This Gift” however is rife with hooklines and catchy tunes. Brilliant single “Gilt Complex” (their best yet ?) opens proceedings and even if “The Nest” sounds like it’s mugging Patti Smith's “Because The Night” who cares ? . And so it goes on, gem after gem, breathy compulsive melody after melody, SAD have truly struck gold. “Rebel With The Ghost” nicks a bass line off “Blue Monday” for a few bars but again it swings into a fantastic festival of rumbling bass lines and crunched up guitars. The title track notches things up a gear with some question and answer vocals and slightly growled guitars that flex a few muscles. Then current single “Darling” springs up like a barbed tribute to Northern Soul and Dusty Springfield. An impeccable, exceptional album of glittering left field indie pop driven by the wriggling ghosts of folky blues – I defy you to listen to the chorus of “The Bell” without getting goosebumps. Heartily recommended.


Sons & Daughters
Domino Records

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