Album Reviews

Angus and Julia Stone – Chocolates And Cigarettes EP

(Independiente) UK release date: 9 October 2006

This debut release from Australian brother/sister duo Angus and Julia Stone was written and recorded live at home, helping to give it a calm and remarkably chilled quality.

Likened to Portishead and Damien Rice, the Stones alternate lead vocals across the EP. Angus has the better voice, with its country drawl which evokes hints of Paul Simon. Julia’s is weak, thin and fractured and there are far better exponents of the fragile little girl sound than her.

Private Lawns starts off interestingly but fails to measure up. The less said about All of Me the better. Mango Tree and Paper Aeroplane are soft melodic numbers that are well worth a listen. Babylon is a lovely soulful tune in the vein of the Nutini / Blunt style that is currently in vogue.

Although the whole EP is well put together, the lyrics and accompaniment are good, it’s let down by the quality of some of the vocals. There are some promising tracks here, but you’d perhaps be better off waiting for Angus to go solo.

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