Contemporary R&B fans may be tempted to lock themselves in their bedrooms this weekend to luxuriate in the Adele’s highly anticipated new album, “25.”
Yet even the most devoted Adele enthusiasts are encouraged to take a break from basking in the new recording to attend Allen Stone’s concert at the Granada. Although he lacks the British diva’s elegance, Stone possesses a similarly soulful voice and a comparable ability to heal broken hearts.
Stone may look like a sketchy vendor in a parking lot at a Phish concert, but he sings like a wondrous combination of Justin Timberlake and Amy Winehouse. He places his rapturous instrument in soulful R&B setting that’s based on the jubilant style of classic Stevie Wonder.
Born in Washington in 1987, Stone is a visual and sonic throwback to an earlier era. He only stumbles when he complains about contemporary music. On “Fake Future,” a bitter song on his otherwise fine new “Radius” album, Stone rails against musicians who compose and perform music on computers.
Whining doesn’t flatter Stone. He’s at his best while performing organic songs like “Satisfaction.” Renditions of such immensely funky material will make Sunday’s show a joyous occasion for fans of old-school soul.
Bernhoft, a Norwegian who blends electronic elements with contemporary R&B, opens the concert.
Tickets are $22 in advance through thegranada.com.
Concert previews by Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink