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Spin (p.97) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "With propulsive pogo-worthy rhythms and singer Adele Bethel's insistent vocals, these rough-edged folk punks go for a quick knockout on their poppier second album."Uncut (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Darling' and 'This Gift' barrel along manfully, flushed by Scott Patterson's boot-cut garage rock."Q (Magazine) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Ditching their Johnny Cash obsession for a dose of '60s girl-pop has done Sons & Daughters a power of good....THIS GIFT rattles along in the finest punk tradition."Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]road strokes of surf twang, Motown beats and Spector-era girl group pop lend their country-punk sound extra melodic sting."Blender (Magazine) (p.101) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "There's an exhilarating and ruthless intensity here, mingling the grimness of country murder ballads with the simplicity of girl-group pop."Clash (magazine) (p.108) - "Lead single 'Gift Complex' sets the scene, all jagged-edge guitars and drums sounding as if they've been thrown down a flight of stairs. The lyrics have grown darker, and more concrete..."The Word (magazine) (p.102) - "[The album] introduces a touch of pop to the dirty garage....The guitars on 'Iodine' and 'House In My Head' are positively Smithsian..."Record Collector (magazine) (pp.99-101) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The different sounds give the feel of a band in transition, solidifying old strengths, but also grasping towards a wider future....Their experiments are wildly successful."32.64922

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Rolling Stone (p.69) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The] affectations are rendered tolerable by Meloy's unmistakable melodic gift....There's a kick in the way song after song masks his darkish vision in elegantly hooky arrangements..."Rolling Stone (p.105) - Ranked #23 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[W]ith electric guitars, prog-rock bravado and even Seventies funk..."Spin (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Meloy's] verses are sharp and smart....This is the best-sounding Decembrists album to date."Spin (p.61) - Ranked #11 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "[T]he band's emotive narratives...feel very much here and now."Entertainment Weekly (p.68) - "Colin Meloy specializes in lurid historical dramas....Several of these studies in heartbreak and homicide rank among his most moving." -- Grade: B+Q (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's rendered intriguing by a liberated approach that touches on everything from sea shanties to Jewish klezmer music without ever losing sight of the tune."Uncut (p.73) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[They are] twisting the esoteric into arresting and complex new shapes."Alternative Press (p.188) - "[S]hrewder minds among us will be right at home with the complex wordplay and tragic love in 'O Valencia!' and the three-part title track, as well as the new wrinkles of prog rock and art-school funk..."Magnet (p.93) - "THE CRANE WIFE is an admirable experiment, the work of a band approaching the thorny major-label issue by willfully mucking with a proven sound."Q (Magazine) (p.78) - Ranked #28 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "[With] nods to nu-folk, baroque pop and even '70s prog."0.2014991

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