Friday, June 10, 2005

Sons And Daughters - The Repulsion Box

Last year's Love The Cup EP was excellent, so it was with great anticpation that I took delivery of Sons and Daughters first long-player.

The first thing that sprung to mind was just how "Franz Ferdinand" they've become in some senses, although ultimately Sons and Daughters are unique and fresh and inhabit a world entirely of their own. Single "Dance Me In" is a joyous and highly sexually charged sing-a-long, "Medicine" is sparse and almost tribal and "Choked" higlights the sparring vocals of Adele Bethal (who, it has to be said, sound extremely sexy) and Scott Paterson to their fullest effect.

10 songs lasting barely over half an hour in total, but not a second of that half and hour is wasted or boring and the sheer spread of styles and sounds is amazing. Some call them the "new Franz Ferdinand" but in all probability the songs are too dark and gothic and too far removed from the "pop" of the Top 40 for Sons and Daughters to scale those heights. Nevertheless this is a stunning collection which will enchant all those that listen to it.

Icon's View - 4 out of 5

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