Four-piece jangle guitar act, Bad Daughter (壞女兒/坏女儿) is one of the growing number of indie-pop acts that have sprung up over the past couple of years like a breath of fresh air. Along with Tizzy Bac and Won Fu (旺福), Bad Daughter has turned what was once a predominantly second-rate grundge/metal based local indie scene into something quite amiable and musically pleasing.
While the band's quirky Belle and Sebastian-like debut, Hairless Bear (沒有毛的熊), wasn't without its moments, its rather tiny sound and lackluster production, sadly let the group down.
Released last week, Little Sun (小太陽), is certainly a step up for the band and its jangly pop guitar sound. Tighter and more upbeat in places and drawing inspiration from bands such as Throwing Muses and early Raincoats, Little Sun is an uplifting listen from the off, with the first track, First Wish (第一個願望), a simple two-beat four chord song.
What follows are nine tunes in which the combo flirts with the downbeat and morose, but comes up trumps thanks to its constant return to jangle pop, with numbers like the classic indie-pop based Right is Right, Wrong is Wrong, There's no Right and Wrong ( 就是 -錯就是錯-沒有什麼 與錯). It's the totally out of character and nail biting Cherry Bomb, however, which showcases the album's real oomph.