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Sons & Daughters

After hearing Scotland

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After hearing Scotland’s Sons & Daughters, you’ll want to ship all those English pop princesses back to the U.K., said Kevin Bronson in the Los Angeles Times. Adele Bethel and her cohorts refuse to turn soft. This Gift, the third album from this Glasgow group, delights in debauchery. Like a pair of fishnet stockings, the record “has a delicious hint of tawdriness about it,” said Maddy Costa in the London Guardian. The rock revelry begins with “Gilt Complex,” a raunchy tale of glamour and greed “driven by sharp, urgent guitars” and stiletto-stomping beats. Bethel’s lyrics seethe with ire and disenchantment, while every song “pulses with passion, drama,” and fervor. The jangly countdown of “Chains” makes for a raucous little romp, while “The Nest” is a bleak number that sounds like the work of a girl group from the wrong side of the tracks. Imagine “the Shangri-Las indulging in a party with Elastica,” and you get a sense of Sons & Daughters, said Talia Kraines in BBC Online. Producer Bernard Butler helped these Scots clean up their act here, but he certainly hasn’t censored it. These Glasgow kids have lost none of their brass, their ribaldry, or “their ability to bore a dark hole in your soul.”

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