Allen Stone‘s third full-length album, Radius, is due out on May 26th. We got our first taste of his Capitol Records debut last month with the retro R&B sounds of “Upside.” Now, he’s released another track for our listening pleasure called, “Freedom.”
At first listen, the catchy anthem seems like a departure from his recent offerings with its decidedly pop sound. But a spirited horn section and Stone’s energetic falsetto help infuse the tune with a little dose of soul. Stone keeps things lyrically interesting by maintaining a sinner versus saint dynamic. There’s an air of spirituality when he sings, “I’ve been searching around, turning every stone / Spun the world upside down, I can’t leave it alone / Everyday when I rise, You break me from my chains / Supernatural high that gets me out my way.” But then flips the script and embraces his inner hedonist with, “Get free, baby / Die young, honey / Drink up, baby / Make love to me.” Finally, he takes us to church, proclaiming, “Hallelujah! / Pumping right through ya,” punctuated with soulful hand-clapping. No matter how you choose to exercise your freedom, Allen Stone has got the soundtrack for you.
After you get familiar with the lyrics to “Freedom” below, scroll down for some additional audio previews (“Fake Future,” “Circle” and “Freezer Burn”) from the forthcoming album. Although Allen is currently on tour, you can follow him on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Be sure to visit his website to view an exclusive mini concert (hurry, before they take it down) that was live-streamed on May 12th from the top of the Capitol Records Tower, then catch him on the small screen when he stops by Late Night with Seth Myers on May 20th. Radius is available for pre-order on iTunes.