Album Review: Allen Stone – Radius (7/10)

ALLEN-STONE-RADIUS-PICStone brings his colorful, “hippie with soul” pop/R&B aesthetic to his dynamic major label debut. Over 14 tracks predominantly helmed by Swedish producer Magnus Tingsek with contributions from Malay, Blended Babies and Benny Cassette, it’s like listening to two different artists. One rap/sings playfully over slick contemporary productions, while the other kicks it old school, equally in touch with his inner Bruno Mars and his idol Stevie Wonder. Whether he’s crooning, rapping or funking it up, Stone sets the tone for a joyfully schizophrenic ride. – Jonathan Widran