Angus and Julia Stone
Down the Way


3.0
good

Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (90 Reviews)
March 14th, 2010 | 36 replies | 11,037 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still sweet, but maybe a little too cheerless.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

The last three years co-headlining between the US, UK and Australia has easily propelled the Stone siblings to greater heights after their defining debut A Book Like This a few years back. Such progression doesn’t sway their figure anywhere towards here or there on Down the Way, other than its overall feathery outer upon a first listen. Still considering how cute and little that three years ago was, now in a new decade they begin things as if three years ago was merely yesterday. But unlike their debut however, this is a rather quaint and beautiful collection of songs with mood setting tempos and instrumentation designed to reflect lullaby dreams. “Hold On”, “And the Boys” and “Santa Monica Dream” exemplify where 70% of the album’s anchorage is; the cinematic realm between Julia’s tensing voice box, minimal finger picking and warm fuzzy string arrangements. Between these Angus casually develops his own intermissions like “On the Road”, “Big Jet Plane” and “Yellow Brick Road”, which are more developed and structured pieces focussed more around novel electric guitar passages (the latter extending itself through an impressive but basic departure solo) than Julia’s mellow sleepyhead voice.

While most here is as pretty as their song-titles, there are elements missing that made A Book Like This more attuned to their stylistic French cafe folk-pop. Monotony sets in when piano and harmonica that complemented songs like “Silver Coin” and “Stranger” previously, are totally forgotten. Such petty things certainly won’t divide their growing fan base; if anything it will most likely act in the opposite and draw in more support as most here reflects what’s already been created before, only in a more serious (possibly romantic) setting on a beach somewhere in the mid 1950s rather than a backyard in the 60s. Despite this need of fun infusion, Down the Way is still a satisfying listen, even if it’s one that potentially could have been a subtle failure if not for some sharp songwriting in the cracks.



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taylormemer
March 14th 2010



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ugh album art. Release date for the US is the 30th, but has been released here for a few days now.

robin
Emeritus
March 14th 2010



4248 Comments


sup taylor?

Ponton
Emeritus
March 14th 2010



5790 Comments


good to see you review again

taylormemer
March 14th 2010



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, just been pretty busy. Also been waiting for something to review.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2010



20856 Comments


Good stuff Jake. I like it when you pop in & review some random Aussie album.

Nice & concise here; Tells me all I need to know in just 2 paragraphs.

BallsToTheWall
March 14th 2010



44173 Comments


Sounds like something I'd like.

taylormemer
March 15th 2010



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You'll probably wanna check their debut first, then this.

Douglas
March 15th 2010



9098 Comments


ahhh I was hoping this would be awesome. Suppose I will still check it out.

Digging: James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical

taylormemer
March 15th 2010



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's still ok. Still prefer their debut. It's just more interesting I guess.

Piglet
March 15th 2010



4653 Comments


I was under the impression from facebook you weren't reviewing anything
Yay!

AtavanHalen
March 15th 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is v. sweet, Julia owns this.

My review will be up soon. Nice review, Sobhi Jakeypoo

tombits
March 24th 2010



3470 Comments


There's always been something distictly bland about this band.

jeremologyy
April 3rd 2010



268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i actually really like this album. its kind of pastoral and its all very nice and calm. but it's just easy to listen to and they write some greay lyric bits here and there. plus they have interesting voices.

CatfishSoup
November 13th 2010



177 Comments


Fucking stoners

tombits
November 13th 2010



3470 Comments


their ARIA speech was a complete LOL

StolenIdentity
November 13th 2010



235 Comments


DRAW YOUR SWORDS...LET'S NOT FUCK AROUND!

Had to do it. Love that song.

jingledeath
December 20th 2010



7104 Comments


I think I enjoy this more than the debut.

DinoX
January 2nd 2011



3582 Comments


This album is pretty good needs more attention

tombits
January 3rd 2011



3470 Comments


these guys are so fucking boring. stagnant live show too.

AtavanHalen
January 3rd 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No, fuck off



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