Aussie siblings reunite after going it alone
Australian brother-and-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone have had Top 10 albums in their home country, but in 2010 they decided to part ways and release a couple of solo albums apiece. Now they’ve reunited for a third LP, landing the services of super-producer Rick Rubin. His touch is noticeable; the influences of Neil Young and Joanna Newsom are still there, but there’s a gloss that was previously missing. The biggest difference, though, comes from the Stones writing together for the first time. Their records once had a two-sided feel, Angus’ songs lacking the drama of his sister’s, Julia lacking her brother’s restraint. Here, particularly on ‘Death Defying Acts’ and ‘Little Whiskey’, they’ve got the balance just right.