Allen Stone-Figure It Out

USA Today has called Allen Stone a “pitch-perfect powerhouse” and The New York Times has likened his socially conscious music to that of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers. But the 25-year-old singer-songwriter just sees himself as “a hippie with soul”.

This guy’s credentials are crazy, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s a household name. He’s a wonderfully talented vocalist with a lovely vintage soul style. Think Maxwell meets Stevie Wonder.

His buttery vocals are a real treat on the ears, and it’s near-terrifying how consistently good his vocal work is throughout this track. Unlike many, his technical excellence doesn’t come at the cost of believable emotion (not that shouty ballad stuff that convinces the idiots), with his hopeful lyricism delivered with a passion that’s tempered by the smoothness of his vocal work, particularly on the hook, ensuring it never ruins the laidback vibe of the song. The instrumentation blends superbly with Allen’s output, combining soft guitar strums, bouncy bass and dashes of horns and keys with lively percussion for a jazzy production that does an awful lot of work, but still remains subservient to the vocals. Catch Allen at Cargo on Wednesday night, and grab the track here.

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