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Daughter is a five-piece post-hardcore punk band from N.Y.C. whose twist on the well-trodden genre involves a two-girl vocal attack from M.L. Platt and bassist Nicole Lombardi. Skin, their 2003 debut, recalls both Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney, but of the three they are certainly the most aggressive and the most indebted to hardcore and its affinity with heavy metal. Skin packs a heavy musical punch, but it is sometimes sidelined by Platt's vague confessional lyrics that fail to convey anything other than prosaic frustration. Daughter shows promise, but for all the punkish muscle rev that these songs provide, the band ultimately ends up spinning its wheels without the poetic punch needed to get things moving.

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