I was introduced to A & J Stone via Angus' Broken Brights album--an overlooked gem in the
vein of Neil Young perhaps--well written and also reveals it's strengths though repeated
listening. I bought a Julia Stone album shortly after and was disappointed in the writing
and her childlike voice really grated on me after a while....
Their previous self titled album had some decent songs, Death Defying Acts, Little Whiskey
and Crash & Burn, but Snow has few memorable songs with the exceptions of Oakwood
and Cellar Door. Basically the writing, for anyone who actually listens to lyrics (and reads literature
in general) is quite laughable--not that pop music is known for great literary accomplishments.
Even by pop music standards these lyrics are real yawners and head-scratchers. For siblings to
sing duets as yearning lovers has a bit of a yuck factor but even if you overlook that how many
times can you listen to repeated incantations about "your house, my house", and "wait for me"
before you shut your music delivery system down or just put on some other music....? I know I
am a tough music critic, I have been listening to new music for 50+ years and am open to anything
that rises above the flavor of the month and exhibits some skill, intellect and soul..this album is
quite pedestrian for the most part, if you have nothing to say about your life that is actually interesting,
make up something, become a surrealist, a word associating poet-- who really cares,
other than you, if you get laid or not? How about a solo follow up to Broken Brights?