Album Review: If You Leave by Daughter

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If You Leave by Daughter

Record Label: Glassnote Records

Genre: Indie/Folk

Release Date: April 30, 2013 (Released in UK: March 2013 with 4AD Records)

Songs: 11
If You Leave - Daughter

Daughter is an indie/folk band from England. They have created songs that are filled with tales of heartbreak and death that are sung in a sweet, soft tune. Currently, the band has out three EPs-Demos, His Young Heart, and The Wild Youth and one album-If You Leave. Members are: Elena Tonra  (vocals, guitar), Igor Haefeli  (guitar), and Remi Aguilella (drums).

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Daughter is the type of band that understands you without trying to. They’re trying to express themselves with their music but along the way they express you too. Or at least, they do for me. If You Leave is a story about heartbreak. It’s about feeding the monster inside of you, something, we all have and realizing that we’re still human. This entire album can easily become the backdrop for a heartfelt tv show drama. (Seriously, close your eyes and you can imagine Human, Amsterdam, Shallow as the music for Grey’s or supernatural or something super intense and heartbreaking movie/tv show.) I know I’ve been handing out high ratings for a lot of albums lately, but this band, Daughter, completely deserve it. And I cannot wait to see them this fall (hopefully).

I adore the way Daughter can make me feel with the single beat of a drum, a few chords from a guitar, and lovely sung high notes. In most of the songs, there’s an echo attached to the vocals which is something I’m very picky about. I can’t stand when songs have an echo that is useless to the song but with Daughter, they pull it off. Everything compliments each other rather than takes away from the songs. I also love how easy it is to relate to their music with lyrics about broken romances in Still with lyrics, “Biting words like a wolf howling. Hate is spitting out each others mouths. But we’re still sleeping like we’re lovers.” And no matter what, people are still human in Human with, “Buried deep within, there’s a human.” 

If You Leave by Daughter is a gorgeous album. There’s heartache, love, life, death, and well…Youth and growing up that’s shown throughout the album. I recommend this album to everyone especially to lovers of indie and acoustic music. Favourite songs off of this album are: Still, Human, Youth, and Shallows.

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Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Winter-4:44

2. Smother-4:02

3. Youth-4:14

4. Still-3:33

5. Lifeforms-5:36

6. Tomorrow-4:41

7. Human-3:34

8. Touch-4:26

9. Amsterdam-4:03

10. Shallows-6:54

P.S. Daughter’s music actually has been on well-known TV shows like Grey’s anatomy, Skins, Suburgatory, Vampire Diaries, etc.

4.7/5-It took me over a month to finish this book not because it was slow, boring, or uncreative, but because I couldn’t bring myself to finish the last few chapters I had left. I honestly didn’t want this book to end. The book made me so angry at times, yet still made me laugh a lot and cry too.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret. He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret. At least so far.

Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split—how do you begin to live again?

(My Opinion)

This book was amazing, most of the characters flew off of the pages because they were so  funny and creative. Well-written without too much description or explanation in the first few chapters that it was a quick and easy read. A very moving tale about abuse where we learn the different sides to his family. The idea for this novel was executed almost perfectly with a good amount of flashbacks and touching moments.

Almost perfect in my eyes. There are a lot of books that I wished were tweaked a bit better or were a bit clearer on some parts so that I could put it up in my “Forever love and cherish” book pile. Swati Avasthi’s Debut novel could have been clearer on a few of the secondary characters. I wished she made Jace’s ex-girlfriend clearer and more history about his best friend.

Such an emotional book! I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it for the longest time because I didn’t want Jace’s adventure to end. I loved how his brother, Christian acted towards Jace near the ending because it surprised me, I thought Christian would have reacted differently. Also, the flashbacks about Jace;s old life and what he liked about it and what he despised because most of them were about his father. In this book, I loved how the relationships between Jace’s brother and his new friends weren’t too fast and they were very unpredictable while the slowly blooming romance was in fact that. Slowly blooming. Holy crap, the writing style was what I loved from authors. It was so easy to read that, the words flew off the page and I couldn’t remember if the book was past or present tense because I was so caught up in the story of Jace.

An amazing novel about getting over the past and fighting to not become the monster you’ve known all your life. A total must read for everyone. Swati Avasthi’s next novel will probably be a smash hit if its anything similar to Split.

The Rules Of Survival By Nancy Werlin

4.6/5-I never knew how interesting reading a story told like a letter could be until I read this book.

(Summary)

When, amazingly, Murdoch begins dating Matt’s mother, it seems as if life may become peaceful for the first time. Matt and his sisters have never before known a moment of peace in a household ruled by their unpredictable, vicious mother. And so, after Murdoch inevitably breaks up with her and the short period of family calm is over, Matt sees that he needs to take action. He refuses to let his family remain at risk. Can he call upon his hero, Murdoch? And if not, what might his desperation lead him to do?

 

(My Opinion)

There wasn’t a time when I thought this book was boring. It was fast paced and original. The chapters were very short and easy to read. A great book for reluctant readers.  The Rules Of Survival was written as if it were a letter that was in a book format. The book follows Matt, the life he’s forced to live with his abusive, insane mother. Even though he hates living with her, he has to protect his sister. This means that he’s willing to take the blame whenever his mother is in a furious mood. The characters in the book were beautifully written and the relationship between the three siblings is very strong and protective. Nancy Werlin truly did take her time and made sure that these characters were perfect and well thought out.

 The bad thing about fast paced books are that sometimes they are a bit too fast. The Rules Of Survival was like that. There were some parts in the book where I felt like Nancy Werlin was just skimming through it without really explaining what happened. I wished she hadn’t done that.

 Most books that are about abuse only show one side of the abuser. This book showed many sides of Nikki as a good mother and as the monster her children were scared of. I loved that I got to read the different sides she had as well as the way the children reacted to her constantly changing moods. The writing style for this book was amazing, I loved how she could write a scene in the book and make me feel like I was actually right there with the characters.  This is a great book for anyone in a situation just like Mat and his little sisters while still being short enough for reluctant readers to read.