Daughters
Daughters


4.5
superb

Review

by Matthew D. French USER (50 Reviews)
August 20th, 2010 | 99 replies | 3,544 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Some say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but that’s just a lazy way to dismiss the seed.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Daughters are fucking scary. I mean, let’s be honest- how many grind bands’ allure is their ability to frighten their audience? Sure, we can compare them to the likes of The Number 12 Looks Like You, or The Locust, who are equally as crazy (perhaps more-so), but Daughters’ distinguishing aspects are that their songs are more noise-laden with darker atmospheres. Their haphazard song structures shouldn’t work in theory as they tend to shift from one extreme to another- whether it be the overall tone and atmosphere, or a particular instrument- but, somehow, their formula works well. Most often, although hard to decipher due to layering and dissonance, is the guitar, seemingly jumping all over the place.

Daughters key variable is the guitar playing juxtaposed with Alex Marshall’s drawl (an Elvis Presley influenced technique), in addition to the loud dissonance collapsing in on almost every one of their songs’ closing minute(s). As a vocalist, Alex Marshall has improved exponentially since Daughters’ debut album Canada Songs placing them alongside the likes of The Locust. His vocals have changed so drastically that it’s hard to imagine him as the same vocalist screaming and panting his way through the short, sporadic songs on the aforementioned debut. On Daughters, they’ve turned down the schizophrenic aspects and turned up the bass 10 fold. This acts towards its cause (being loud and aggressive) even though it’s harder to differentiate tracks at first due to production, whereas past releases had appeared more varied on the surface. The result is something more low-end, making it their most accessible album to date, and is partial to even those who don’t appreciate the genre.

A lot of the songs’ grandeur sections are reliant on galloping inflation. For example: The First Supper accentuates to a culmination of resounding blast beats and frenetic guitar picking. Most songs build in scope to a definitive loud section and The First Supper does it best, making it the band’s finest moment. As outlandish as this may seem, The First Supper is Daughters’ Cirq du Soleil; a dark, twisted circus anthem; a conclusion I drew when paying close attention to the guitar work and bridge section. Similarly as large, The Theater Goer seems like it can be concluded at least twice, but doesn’t. The tension builds, and builds as the conclusion draws nearer, until the point where the song feels like it’s exhausted its last resources, and then it abruptly ends. This makes the song something worth being revisited almost instantly just for that particular build-up.

What’s possibly most disturbing are the final moments of The Unattractive, Portable Head, with its driving ‘whoa’s’ and bleak discernible lyrical content:”I want to cast off the wings of desire/I want to be buried in a field of fire/I want to stand up and be twenty feet tall/I want to reach out and feel nothing at all/nothing, nothing, at all”, leaving the album and ending their careers on a cathartic note. It’s a shame that their sound has become fully realized just as the group disbands, but it’s also more than acceptable to leave on such a well-refined aesthetic of both chaos and control. Bleak, loud, chaotic- this is essential listening for those who have been following the band, and even for those who have yet to be introduced to the genre- one of 2010’s very best.

Matt Recommends:

The First Supper
The Theater Goer
The Unattractive, Portable Head



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Gyromania
August 20th 2010



14647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wrote this one up pretty quickly, but yeah... this album is pretty awesome.

SowingSeason
Emeritus
August 20th 2010



14509 Comments


album is exceptionally written, although i've never heard this album. pos'd.

East Hastings
August 20th 2010



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album is exceptionally written, although i've never heard this album. pos'd.

confused

SowingSeason
Emeritus
August 20th 2010



14509 Comments


and by album i of course meant review

SeaAnemone
August 20th 2010



18772 Comments


forgot a ' first word, 2nd paragraph

1st sentence 3rd para should be "grander" right?

and two fragments... "A conclusion I drew when paying close attention to the guitar work and bridge section." and your last sentence... are fragments not sentences.

could tell it's a little rushed, but I liked your take, especially the last paragraph

East Hastings
August 20th 2010



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album is exceptionally written, although i've never heard this review. pos'd.

fix'd

NeutralThunder12
August 20th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

band is fucking stupid

Enotron
August 20th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band is fucking stupid


you are the meanest boy in town

Gyromania
August 20th 2010



14647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

forgot a ' first word, 2nd paragraph

1st sentence 3rd para should be "grander" right?

and two fragments... "A conclusion I drew when paying close attention to the guitar work and bridge section." and your last sentence... are fragments not sentences.

could tell it's a little rushed, but I liked your take, especially the last paragraph


Perhaps I should have waited and tweaked it a little more. However, the ' in the second paragraph isn't necessary because I'm using the album title, not the band, and I meant grandeur... I think.

Gyromania
August 20th 2010



14647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the pos' and feedback everyone =]

eternium
August 20th 2010



16207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band is fucking awesome.

Digging: Thou - Heathen

WeepingBanana
August 20th 2010



9893 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i feel like these guys get a lot of influence from The Jesus Lizard. they kinda did the whole elvis thing first i think.

album is a skullfuck

SeaAnemone
August 20th 2010



18772 Comments


guys you really need to listen to

drunkdriver - s/t

right now. it should be as poplar as this.

Gyromania
August 20th 2010



14647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll check it out. Also, I made those particular lines apart of the sentences before them so that they'd no longer be sentence fragments.

SeaAnemone
August 20th 2010



18772 Comments


cool, no big deal, mostly just a pet peeve of mine, pos after the fix... and yeah I get what you're saying with the other corrections i suggested

Gyromania
August 20th 2010



14647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it's a pet peeve of mine also, lol. And thanks for the pos

Captain North
August 20th 2010



6743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Our Queens is one of the best songs too.

Gyromania
August 20th 2010



14647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, they're all great, it's hard to pick

eternium
August 20th 2010



16207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Hit is like a schizophrenic pop song.

Gyromania
August 20th 2010



14647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha, yes it kind of is



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