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Down The Way [CD]

Angus & Julia Stone Audio CD
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Angus & Julia Stone are an Australian acoustic folk-pop duo consisting of siblings Julia Stone and Angus Stone from Newport, Australia. Their decision to collaborate was taken at the beginning of 2006. Prior to that, both had performed as solo artists at open mic nights but utilised the other as a backing partner. Ultimately they came up with the same idea, “Why ... Read more in Amazon's Angus & Julia Stone Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Flock Music
  • ASIN: B0037Z8VSI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hold On
2. Black Crow
3. For You
4. Big Jet Plane
5. Santa Monica Dream
6. Yellow Brick Road
7. And the Boys
8. On the Road
9. Walk It Off
10. Hush
11. Draw Your Swords
12. I'm Not Yours
13. The Devil's Tears
14. Old Friend

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BBC Review

Australian brother-and-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone, while nothing if not easy on the ear, are an acquired taste. Their habit of alternating tracks – she sings one, he sings one – makes them a trickier pitch than one where the dominant voice sets the mood.

This is a particularly unorthodox approach given that Julia possesses the kind of voice that generally sends critics into raptures. High and pained, it bears trace elements of Björk, Harriet Wheeler, Kristin Hersh, Jesca Hoop and Alison Shaw of Cranes. As a solo artist, she’d get quicker traction. Yet the contrasting laidback stoner tones of Angus are essential to the siblings’ appeal. Once you get into step, the yin and yang of his and hers make for a deft emotional map. She sounds edgy, all heartstrings; he’s chilled, all ennui. Hung across minimal, beautiful songs, it’s a powerful mix of gentle angst. 

Down the Way, their second full album, is a quiet storm. Their overall restraint is commendable, with fine details proving as moving as pyrotechnics might try to be in less subtle hands. Hold On (opening in a wave of shimmer) and For You are Julia warming up her palpitations, giving us a warning nod before ripping our emotions from our chests. Angus, meanwhile, grooves away to himself like the most talented busker in the world, disinterested in reaching out, bringing an organic sun-kissed vibe to Big Jet Plane. Here, simplistic lyrics gain gradual resonance, like a mantra. (Elsewhere, their lyrics are often their weak spot, lapsing into hippie cliché). Around the mid-point, Down the Way grows into something which surpasses their delicate debut and expands their sweet acoustic softness without getting hard-hearted.

Yellow Brick Road is lovely, developing from a light Angus number with Al Stewart undertones into an impeccably-gauged, muted rock-out, with pinpoint staccato guitar stabs to rival Neil Young or Tom Verlaine. And the Boys, the single, is Julia’s showstopper, a brilliantly arranged and produced anthem-in-waiting which builds, almost invisibly, until its chorus and crescendo set up home in your brain.

With the most basic tools, the Stones build something lovely and lasting. Roll with them. --Chris Roberts

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars siblings sophomore effort strikes the right note 22 Mar 2010
By Don Panik TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Aussie brother and sister have produced a deft second album which is easy on the ear once you get used to their tendency to alternate the lead vocals on each track. Julia's is the most immediately appealing voice - waif like Martha Wainright sort of describes it. Her brother puts me in mind of a laid back Josh Rouse. Nicely produced - mixing electric and acoustic guitars and strings to create a indie folkrock sound but arrangements are varied whilst staying coherent. Try the lead track '.. and the boys' to give a good impression of the whole

All in all an album that grows on you from an impressive starting point.

If you like this check out the Weepies for similar fare.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning album! 18 Mar 2010
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Read a favourable review in The Sunday Times, and took a punt - it's an amazingly good album. Beautiful fragile vocals. A bit like Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, each alternating in taking over vocal duties.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just so good.. 22 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
Stumbled across Angus and Julia Stone on Spotify. I can heartily recommend this double album. Not only is it great value for money, but the music is fantastic; laid back with some great rhythms, their voices are wonderful contrasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 31 May 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars Down The Way 29 April 2011
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Grows with every listen. Alternated male and quirky female vocals. Beautiful harmonies throughout.
Hauntingly gorgeous songs - 'For You'and 'I'm Not Yours'. An epic - 'Draw Your Swords'that begins hypnotically, builds and builds with brilliant vocals (shades of Jim Morrison and Jeff Buckley towards the end), quite magnificent. The incredibly catchy 'Big Jet Plane', and some Neil Young style guitar in 'Yellow Brick Road'. Each song is melodic and well-constructed, and at times achingly emotional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2010): 11 Feb 2011
By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Angus & Julia Stone - Down The Way (Flock)
The second album from Australian brother and sister, Angus and Julia Stone (Down The Way is the follow-up release to 2007's much lauded A Book Like This) has an intriguing history. Recorded in New York and London, but also an old water tank in Coolangatta and a converted sawmill in Cornwall, it's no surprise that the siblings take on much of the production role, and travel appears to be a central theme of the album. That and the loneliness it can bring.

It's a serious collection of songs with adult subject matter and a certain downbeat, weathered atmosphere pervades much of the material. Fortunately they're talented songwriters with voices that mesh and entwine with enchanting ease, and while Down The Way may not be the easiest of listening experiences, it's always rewarding. Indeed, it gets better with every spin. 9/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy but infinite pleasure... 8 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
This great album combines well writen tunes, nice artist performances and excellent production.
The kind of disk "repeat" function on CD players has been made for.

Note that Angus & Julia Stone totally deserve to be seen on stage. Well... at least Julia. The live versions of "down the way" tunes are even better than album ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 22 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
I loved this cd. Everything about it is such a laid back feel. The cd of summer 2011. A welcome new sound to a mundane year.
I want more. Each track is superb and gets better with constant listening.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected ... i need to do more homework.
Not what I expected but it's good enough.
Published 2 days ago by Mr. Stuart Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Rachel
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn after a few listens
This becomes a big yawn after a few listens - anyone want to buy it from me? I can use it as a coffee cup mat.
Published 2 months ago by Mikey 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible.
This is such a beautiful collection of songs.
The whole vibe of the album is just perfect, I could have it on repeat for hours. The lyrics are also genius. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eli Eliza
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I absolutely love this CD, the voices of the stones' are a great contrast, complement each other very well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by kelsey mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful double album
What is not to love about this value double set of brilliant albums by the brother and sister duet, their voices melt into beautiful harmonies on a backdrop of silky guitars and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by sair
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome music
I'm so surprised these two aren't better known. Their music is fantastic. Whether driving, studying or having friends over, their music has something for everyone.
Published 7 months ago by Bjorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Down the way
Like warm honey for the ears!

A friend played one track of this album for me, within seconds I knew I had to own it. Truly epic album!
Published 8 months ago by John Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough
Down the way is the Australian born Brother and Sister duet's second album that with Angus's dusty style and languid vocals, brings a definite care free west coast feel to the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eamonn MacNeill
4.0 out of 5 stars alternative and original
Here you get some good quality musicianship on offer - especially from Angus, who can write some pretty engaging compositions. Read more
Published 12 months ago by dan
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