Snow
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Studio album by
Released15 September 2017 (2017-09-15)
StudioByron Bay cottage studio[1]
Length52:36
Label
ProducerAngus & Julia Stone
Angus & Julia Stone chronology
Angus & Julia Stone
(2014)
Snow
(2017)
Singles from Snow
  1. "Snow"
    Released: 13 June 2017[2]
  2. "Chateau"
    Released: 24 August 2017[3]
  3. "Cellar Door"
    Released: 17 November 2017[4]
  4. "Nothing Else"
    Released: June 2018[5]

Snow is the fourth studio album by Australian singer-songwriter duo Angus & Julia Stone. It was released on 15 September 2017[1] by EMI in Australia and Nettwerk in the United States.[6][7] It was preceded by the release of the title track[1] and "Chateau" as singles.[8] "Chateau" was accompanied by a video directed by Jessie Hill.[9] The album was written entirely by the duo and recorded at Angus Stone's Byron Bay cottage studio after it was suggested by Rick Rubin, who produced their 2014 self-titled album.[10]

Two of the album's tracks were voted into the Triple J Hottest 100, 2017: "Chateau" at number three and "Snow" at number 98.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2018, the album was nominated for two awards; Best Blues and Roots Album and Best Independent Release.[11]

Production

Julia Stone commented that the duo had never written a whole album by themselves, nor spent as much time making an album alone together, saying: "That was the first time that we actually started writing together, in the same room [...] the last phase of writing and recording was just eight weeks of him and me and the quiet of the land."[10] Ideas for the album came about while the duo were in Switzerland, and the album was recorded at Angus' Byron Bay studio over a period of approximately six months.[12] Songs originated from "jam sessions" with friends who were at the pair's home.[13] Angus and Julia included a song about their late grandfather on the album, titled "Cellar Door", as he had helped inspire them to become a band; the track is about Angus revisiting his home town to sing at his funeral.[12]

The album incorporates new instrumentation for the duo: the use of a drum machine and "a more expansive guitar palette".[14] It also incorporates the use of a $150 organ the pair bought from an advertisement on the opening track, "Snow".[12][15] The track "Sylvester Stallone" includes lyrics referring to a lover who slurs their speech when drunk,[13] and "Sleep Alone" was created after a "'speed-date' songwriting session" with an unnamed DJ, where the duo abandoned the programmed beat but kept the lyrics.[13]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?5.5/10[16]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[17]
The Irish Times2/5 stars[18]
The Line of Best Fit7.5/10[19]
The Music AU4/5 stars[20]
The Observer3/5 stars[21]
Renowned for Sound4.5/5 stars[22]
Rolling Stone Australia3.5/5 stars[14]

Darren Levin from Rolling Stone Australia complimented the "call-and-response" of "Snow", saying: "The Stones are at their best when they're playing off each other like this: Julia providing the strong but sympathetic counterpoint to her brother's just-rolled-out-of-a-two-day-bender version of charm."[14] He gave the record three-and-a-half stars out of five, concluding: "They're stronger together – they just realise it now."[14] Lauren Murphy of The Irish Times was less positive, giving the record two out of five stars, writing: "Beige might be a more appropriate title for Angus and Julia Stone's fourth album [...] their songs are bland creations, dripping with laboured pretence, as heard on 'Sleep Alone' and the lacklustre 'Baudelaire'. Only the Springsteen-esque shimmer of guitar on 'Who Do You Think You Are?' inspires any emotional response."[18] She summarised that the album was "studied nonchalance with no real identity of its own".[18]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Angus & Julia Stone.

No.TitleLength
1."Snow"4:12
2."Oakwood"3:43
3."Chateau"4:33
4."Cellar Door"4:41
5."Sleep Alone"4:29
6."Make It Out Alive"3:17
7."Who Do You Think You Are"6:51
8."Nothing Else"4:24
9."My House Your House"4:42
10."Bloodhound"3:58
11."Baudelaire"4:14
12."Sylvester Stallone"3:32
Total length:52:36

Source: iTunes[23]

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[39]Gold35,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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