The Duhks - Your Daughters & Your Sons

The Duhks
Your Daughters & Your Sons

(Sugar Hill)

First Appeared in The Music Box, January 2006, Volume 13, #1

Written by John Metzger


When the folks at Sugar Hill first signed The Duhks to a recording contract, their intention initially was to reissue the band’s independently released, Juno-nominated endeavor Your Daughters & Your Sons. However, under the guiding hand of producer Béla Fleck, progress on what became The Duhks’ self-titled album moved so swiftly that the older project was shelved temporarily in favor of the more recent material. Subsequently, the group became a smash success on the Americana circuit, and as a means of capitalizing upon the attention that it has received — as well as to bide time until it can complete its third outing — Your Daughters & Your Sons now is receiving wider distribution. Though it is a noticeably tighter affair, it doesn’t reveal anything particularly new about the ensemble. In fact, in crafting its eponymous effort, The Duhks essentially employed the same template that had worked so well for it during the sessions for Your Daughters & Your Sons. Indeed, both outings are cut from the same cloth, and they feature a similar fusion of French-Canadian, Celtic, and American folk styles, which, in turn, is laced with bubbly, Latin-tinged rhythms. Nevertheless, Your Daughters & Your Sons makes apparent the notion that the collective’s concept of sculpting seamless, miniature suites from original, traditional, and cover tunes already was established well before Fleck came into the picture. In other words, Your Daughters & Your Sons is an equally stirring set of impeccably performed songs that suitably augments the solid foundation upon which The Duhks can construct its undoubtedly prosperous future. starstarstar

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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