Allen Stone – Radius

06 18 15 Allen Stone - RadiusI did not expect my very first review as Music Manager at KRUA to be on the very first album I received in the mail. But here we are. Allen Stone’s Radius has elements of nearly every genre, including pop, rock, blues, soul, R&B, gospel, and electronic. It reaches even as far as neo-hip-hop on track #5 “Upside” which sounds a lot like a more positive version of Outkast’s “She Lives In My Lap” with staccato keyboard and tight percussion. Every track is sung, and the lyrics on track #3 “American Privilege” and track #7 “Love” are particularly striking.

Around the middle of the album it starts to lull, dropping into repetitive Franz Ferdinand-esque pop/rock/funk. This lull lasts until the end, except for track #7, “Love”, and track #11, “Guardian Angel”. “Love” is not necessarily a love song per se but instead talks about the importance of love in contemporary society, and “Guardian Angel” is a nice addition to the collection of songs dealing with death of a loved one, joining the ranks of songs like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s “Crossroads”.

I would encourage anyone who likes blues, pop, rock, or indie music to check out this album. I can definitely see it appealing to a broad range of people. Stone’s social conscientiousness also contributes to his likability. Overall, the album is decentĀ in spite of some flaws.

Final Rating: 6/10

Track list:

  1. Perfect World
  2. Fake Future
  3. American Privilege
  4. Circle
  5. Upside
  6. Freezer Burn
  7. Love
  8. Where You’re At
  9. Symmetrical
  10. The Wire
  11. Guardian Angel
  12. Freedom
  13. Barbwire
  14. I Know That I Wasn’t Right

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