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A Book Like This

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01
The Beast
3:49
 
02
Here We Go Again
4:58
 
03
Wasted
3:44
 
04
Just A Boy
3:56
 
05
Bella
4:04
 
06
Hollywood
2:37
 
07
a Book like this
3:51
 
08
silver coin
4:55
 
09
Stranger
4:09
 
10
Soldier
3:38
 
11
Jewels and Gold
4:22
 
12
Another Day
4:16
 
13
Horse And Cart
4:35
 
Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 52:54

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flamingdeckchair

I would recommend tracks 4,8 and 9, plus the track "Paper Aeroplane" from the Hotel Costes X compilation. A lot of the other tracks didn't work for me because the female singer (julia stone I presume) has a quirky, childlike voice somewhat reminiscent of bjork. The tracks with the male lead are more solid. If you like this then I suggest you check out The Weepies, also on emusic.

They Say All Music Guide

With its mix of vocal harmony, acoustic guitars, and brushed percussion, Angus & Julia Stone’s debut recalls the lush, cuddle-up-in-bed indie folk of the Weepies and KaiserCartel. A Book Like This takes strength from its two young songwriters, both of whom approach love and coming-of-age issues from their own gendered perspective. Julia Stone plays the part of the quirky ingénue, her vocals fluttering like a young Joanna Newsom over homespun melodies and gauzy instrumental backdrops. “I blame you, Hollywood,” she softly chastises, “for showing me things you never should show a young girl.” Strings and glockenspiels chime in the background, swirling around the refrain before giving way to “Just a Boy,” where brother Angus details an awkward encounter with the fairer sex. He matches his sister’s soft, unadorned croon throughout the album, whether he’s helming G-rated material like “Bella” (sample lyric: “There goes the gal in the pretty skirt with the golden smile”) or planning a visit to a friend’s house for the sole purpose of getting stoned (“Jewels and Gold”). Drug references notwithstanding, the bulk of this debut revels in its own adolescence, focusing on fairy tale folk songs and pastoral imagery. For those who have a taste for such fanciful material, A Book Like This is an appropriate soundtrack for lazy Sunday afternoons and slow Monday mornings, when the pace of the world matches the relaxed gait of this band. – Andrew Leahey

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