Angus & Julia Stone - Snow review: blizzard of banalities
Angus & Julia Stone
Singer / Songwriter
Beige might be a more appropriate title for Angus and Julia Stone’s fourth album. The Australian siblings are known for their intimate folk-driven songs and even Rick Rubin, who produced their last album, is a big fan.
This collection is pretty by the numbers, though, from Julia’s eye-rollingly coquettish vocals to Angus’s contrasting murmured growl and their call-and-response formula. More importantly, their songs are bland creations, dripping with laboured pretence, as heard on Sleep Alone and the lacklustre Baudelaire. Only the Springsteen-esque shimmer of guitar on Who Do You Think You Are? inspires any emotional response.
It all sounds like the aural equivalent of a Pinterest board in the buyer’s department of Urban Outfitters: studied nonchalance with no real identity of its own. angusandjuliastone.com