CD REVIEW: Julia Stone "The Memory Machine"

The Memory Machine
One half of the brother and sister duo Angus & Julia Stone, Julia has released her debut solo album. A side project of sorts, the album has Julia branching out on her own and exploring her own songwriting to a further extent. As with her previous releases with her brother, the disc is a plethora of folk rock driven heavily by an acoustic guitar and wispy strings. Not having to share lead vocal duties, Julia showcases her rather unique voice on each of the ten tracks, ad several of them could have found themselves on an Angus & Julia Stone album. Fortunately she saved some gems for herself, and songs such as "This Love" and "Catastrophe" are samples of her songwriting at its best. Julia Stone is a unique soul, and whether with her brother or on her own, the music she creates is truly magical.