I stumbled on Ottawa power poppers Mother's Children a year or so too late to cover their last LP, the cheekily designed That's Who. An EP followed but hadn't grabbed me as tightly as the album, but the band returns triumphant with Lemon, their second full length and a buoyant, fizzing bit of power pop as ever rolled down the halls of RSTB. The band hardly takes a breath over the course of Lemon, spiking the sweet sway of quietly lusting choruses on top the full hip swagger of guitar punch. Its that punch that pushes them into that perfect pantheon of power pop that's just a touch tougher, the way the best of the classics played out; when the songs crackle like rock candy in a blender, that's the formula. There are certainly a few bands who are carrying the true power pop torch that The Quick, Milk n' Cookies and The Records left behind and along with Warm Soda, Mother's Children seem to be leading the pack.
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