Vancouver Sun

Aussie pair hit just the right bounce for fans

- STUART DERDEYN

Angus & Julia Stone

Friday night | Vogue Theatre

Having already owned their native Australia, Angus and Julia Stone are riding a wave of internatio­nal success with their third album.

None other than producer Rick Rubin helmed the Sydney duo’s selftitled new album Angus & Julia Stone. His signature gloss is all over the record, which boasts just the requisite amount of atmospheri­c groove to present the group’s meticulous­ly obvious songs.

The sold- out house at the Vogue certainly wanted to hear the bouncy opener A Heartbreak, hooting its support.

The droning repetition of Main Street continued the pace before Julia strapped on her acoustic guitar to deliver a surprising­ly potent version of the hit For You from the 2010 album Down The Way. Backed by the band’s combined guitar, banjo, keyboards, bass and drums, her frequently whispery, childlike voice almost took on Appalachia­n folk dimensions.

Then it was back to another midtempo thud for Angus to sing the new Crash & Burn. The Neil Young-esque guitar work and nasal delivery sounded very akin to the type of music being played in dingy garages across the nation.

The entire concert was along these lines.

The band does play very well together and Julia has some solid trumpet chops. She also comes closest to engaging the audience, although neither musician is particular­ly outgoing on stage.

 ?? RICHARD LAM/ PNG ?? Angus and Julia Stone perform at the Vogue Theatre on Friday night.
RICHARD LAM/ PNG Angus and Julia Stone perform at the Vogue Theatre on Friday night.

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