Smoking Gun review by Lady of the Sunshine

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  • Released: May 5, 2009
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.9 (12 votes)
Lady of the Sunshine: Smoking Gun

Sound — 10
Lady Of The Sunshine is a solo-project by Australian singer/songwriter Angus Stone, known for his work with his sister in the duo "Angus and Julia Stone." The general sound of this record comes as quite a surprise to fans of the mellow, acoustic music known to the Stone duo. In the hills of Coolangatta in the home studio of Stone's producer, the album was recorded in an emptied concrete water tank, complete with floorboards. The opening tracks, "Silver Revolver" and "Home Sweet Home" begin in a rather mellow, laid back style. "Jack Nimble", "Anna" and "Big Jet Plane" are a few tracks that follow this style. However, tracks such as "White Rose Parade", "Smoking Gun", "The Wolf" and "Kings Black Magic" take on a very different feel. The acoustic guitar gives way to a distortioned electric guitars. These tracks take on a rocky, dark feel compared to the rest of the album and to Angus's old work.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are very simple, much the same as Angus and Julia Stone's. Angus really spreads his wings with this record, displaying the true capability of his voice, from a quiet, chilled, folk voice, to a full-on rock scream. Some people may think the lyrics become rather repetitive in some songs, but they certainly follow the idea of each track and the album as a whole.

Overall Impression — 10
My personal opinion of this album: Loved each and every bit of it. The tracks are well alternated between chilled-acoustic and rock. The most notable songs are definetly "White Rose Parade", "Silver Revolver", "Smoking Gun" and "The Wolf". If my copy was lost or stolen, I'd be out to buy a new copy the next day.

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