Daughters
Daughters


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
March 29th, 2010 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crank it up.

Before Daughters released their self-titled album, there weren’t many intricacies to argue about between Hell Songs and Canada Songs. Aside from their continuation of spastic riffs, their entire approach was reformulated from Canada to Hell; as Alexis Marshall transformed his vocals from coarse blurts to an elegantly drunk Danzig/Elvis hybrid in addition to realizing what it takes to write songs with some meaningful substance and progressions. So there it was, everything left on the table to judge where Daughters went right and wrong without much of a second thought. But now, Daughters fucked everything up.

With Daughters, their songwriting expanded beyond Hell Songs, yet there are less defining moments that were found in tracks like “Recorded Inside a Pyramid,” “Providence by Gaslight,” and “Daughters Spelled Wrong,” and overall less variation among songs. From a production view, Daughters has a consistent, muddied distortion that masks the actual technicality, where Hell Songs was particularly transparent and discernible. But where there is a lack of transparency lies some of the most interesting tracks thus far, like “The Theatre Goer,” which wails alongside multiple pounding riffs, each casting to be the defining climax until the final minute takes claim. In “The Unattractive, Portable Head,” Marshall sounds most passionate, as if it is the swan song for the now defunct band as his vocals echo, ‘I want to stand up and be twenty feet tall. I want to reach out and feel nothing at all,’ summarizing a track about becoming immortalized as a statue after a living a landmark life. Right or wrong, it isn’t out of reach to assume “The Unattractive, Portable Head” was about Daughters brief history (lead guitarist Nicholas Sadler, now with Fang Island, and Samuel Walker have left the band) and what they meant to a scene they felt they thrived in, a scene which may not be totally understood yet.

Daughters are one of the few bands in which their highly unorthodox methods can be respected without taking the project as a joke; exhibit A being how they can build around consistently spontaneous, noodling guitar riffs and make it fit like any standard chord progression. Daughters ended their career (until further notice) with a self-titled record that was partially disheartening, as their songwriting only marginally improved because it was countered by a sonic dissonance that never allowed for any significant dynamics. But that’s what Daughters wanted; an album recorded as max volume to be played at max volume. Would you expect anything less?



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2010


17215 Comments


love it!

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 30th 2010


10594 Comments


"Daughters ended their career (until further notice) "

Daughters broke up?

Digging: Grouper - Ruins

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
March 30th 2010


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, they broke up before the album was released, hence them not supporting the album on tour.

PirateSquid
March 30th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

I was hoping that they might come near my town since for an album release tour. Now I'm sad :'(

NeutralThunder12
March 30th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

OMG THIS ALBUM BLOWS.

HighandDriving
March 30th 2010


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They haven't officially broken up, supposedly a bunch of members left but the two ATSS members are still in minus the bassist.

Pretty lame review.

Maes
March 30th 2010


78 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album gets better after each listen...I've listened to it a lot. The ending to The Theatre Goer is a great time.

sniper
March 30th 2010


19058 Comments


Yeah, they've replaced both guitar players in the past with very few problems (and arguably big improvements), so they could still bounce back.

Review wasn't lame.

Burn2Burn
March 30th 2010


2378 Comments


"The Hit" is so fucking catchy.

DoubtGin
March 30th 2010


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Our Queens (One is Many, Many is One) is the best song on this album. y/n/m?

Burn2Burn
March 30th 2010


2378 Comments


second best. The Hit >

Plutonio
March 30th 2010


474 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

album is soooooo boring... no climaxes at all....

Plutonio
March 30th 2010


474 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

doubt gin


its between that and the theater goer

radianteclipse
March 31st 2010


397 Comments


This is making my ears bleed.

radianteclipse
March 31st 2010


397 Comments


Ok, I partially retract that statement. It makes my ears bleed, but there are moments of less ear-bleeding inducing moments that are actually quite good.

asaf
March 31st 2010


885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Alexis Marshall transformed his vocals from coarse blurts to an elegantly drunk Danzig/Elvis hybrid"

exactly why i gave this a two. went from an as the sun sets approach, to a retarted Everytime I Die meet Oderus Orungus.

for this my friend, you get a good review.



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