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2010 release from the Australian siblings. Travelling has been an integral part of the Stone's musical story so it's not surprising they opted to record Down The Way in a number of diverse locations around the globe; an old sawmill on the river banks of Fowey in Cornwall, a studio in Brooklyn, a water tank in Coolangatta, their second home - London - and Queens in New York. Down The Way marks their debut as producers, taking full control of their sound without losing the spirit of what made the first record so special. There has been a subtle shift of gear, represented by a growing confidence in their abilities as artists and the music follows suit as it flows easily through sparse and rich textured arrangements without losing any of its etherealness and charm.
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  • Audio CD (March 30, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B0036WHM1E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Loudon on April 4, 2010
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In 2007, Angus & Julia Stone released their debut record, A Book like This. With a focus on fairy tale themes and simplistic instrumentation, the album was a solid debut, but inevitably forgettable. Three years later, Angus and Julia have returned with a great deal of experience under their belts and what seems to be a lifetime of knowledge on the topics they were just beginning to understand in their debut.

Trading vocals with her brother on every other song, Julia takes the lead track with "Hold On." Her vocals are soft, airy and innocent sounding with similarities to Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O. With a lush string section reminiscent of Sia's "Breathe Me" building in the background, Angus & Julia have definitely expanded their instrumentation since their last release. The following track, "Black Crow," gives Angus a chance to shine. With a likeness to Kings of Leon's "On Call," "Black Crow" lays down a slow groove that remains unaltered throughout, but builds on a dynamic level that keeps the song interesting.

Ringing in at 66 minutes long, the Stone siblings have given us a great deal of material to absorb. The weakness in the record occurs in the middle when creativity takes a backseat to genre experimentation and repetition. Tracks like "And the Boys" and "Walk It Off" have moments of beauty, but rapidly become lackluster. Ending with "The Devil's Tears," however, is somewhat redeeming for those patient enough to play through the remainder of the thirteen total tracks on this release. Angus and Julia share a quiet duet that relates Down the Way to their first album while placing their maturation on display.

Down the Way is a vast improvement from Angus & Julia Stone's first release.
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I really like this album by a duo from Australia. It held up to multiple listens well. I like Angus's songs and voice better, but I like the way Angus and Julia trade off songs and complement each other, backing each other up as a brother and sister team, which is an unusual duo. It is mood music reminiscent of a simpler time and the innocence of youth. Angus gives a tip of the hat to Neil Young and Heart of Gold. I believe he took some inspiration from Young's early work, both the lyrical side and the guitar jams. Julia's voice reminds me of Anais Mitchell. It takes a little getting used to, but it's good. I like all of the songs. Standouts for me are Yellow Brick Road, Draw Your Swords, the Devil's Tears, Hold On, and I'm Not Yours. Jet Plane was the one that caught my attention initially on a youtube video, but that one did wear out due to its minimalist structure and theme. I classify this as folk rock. You don't hear much of that coming out these days. I hear the sixties influence and it works in the current day context. It sounds new and fresh.
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Down The Way feels like laying in bed on a Saturday afternoon. Siblings Angus and Julia combine imaginative lyrics with acoustic instruments to put the listener in a calm daze. Julia's childlike, innocent vocals are well balanced by Angus's relaxed harmonies.
"Big Jet Plane" is one of the most memorable songs on the album. It combines simple melodies with suggestive lyrics to flawlessly balance naïve and mature. "On the Road" is another satisfying song from the album. Julia and Angus's harmonies combine the style of the Mamas and Papas with a modern acoustic-folk style incomparable to other albums out today.
Down the way is a mellow album that will pass by in what feels like only minutes.
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I seriously will never get tired of listening to this album. One of my most favorite songs of all time is "Draw Your Swords." I really hope that A&J do more music together after their current solo phase.
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I found this group first on Pandora. The more I listen to this mellow, cool sound, the more I like it. I hope they produce more. They have great potential!

Music is all about personal taste and I respect all musicians for the hard work they do to provide us enjoyment and heart-enrichment and hope that Angus & Julia Stone continue to grow and prosper as musicians.

My 18 year old son is a singer/songwriter so I am acutely aware of how tough it is in this biz and have so much appreciation for the many artists I listen to and support through purchasing their CD's. Keep buying the music you like and go to their gigs to enable your favorite artists to survive and produce more enjoyment for you!
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For me there is no one quite like Angus Stone. He is amazing. Love his voice and songs. I would have given this 5 stars but his sister, on the other hand, has a voice that makes me grind my teeth. It's really annoying so I skip her songs.
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This is my first CD from this great duo. Will not be my last. First heard them on Pandora and knew right away I would LOVE their music. This is one that I listen to from start to finish. No skipping tracks on this CD!!!!
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I heard a song at the gym with this tiny interesting bird-like voice. I tried to Shazam it but couldn't capture the sounds. Weeks went by before I heard it again and this time I captured it. That particular song isn't on this cd but I'm starting at the beginning with Angus and Julia. I really love their sound.
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