First Listen: Allen Stone and Alessia Cara sing about the "Bed I Made"

(November 12, 2021) With his snazzy 21st century hippie looks and his knack for Stevie Wonder belting, blue-eyed soul brother Allen Stone has managed to croon his way into the depths of our hearts. And yes, the “wokeness” found in songs like “Unaware” and “Perfect World” along with the gritty funk-pop of 2018’s “Brown Eyed Lover” helped with that level of appraisal.

(November 12, 2021) With his snazzy 21st century hippie looks and his knack for Stevie Wonder belting, blue-eyed soul brother Allen Stone has managed to croon his way into the depths of our hearts. And yes, the “wokeness” found in songs like “Unaware” and “Perfect World” along with the gritty funk-pop of 2018’s “Brown Eyed Lover” helped with that level of appraisal.

Now with a follow-up album to the pre-pandemic-released Building Balance slated to drop this month (APART), the Washington-based singer-songwriter aims to pull off a more intimate soul record, one that focuses on stripped-down versions of his catalog favorites. Arising to the forefront, “Bed I Made” gloriously teams Stone with pop-R&B star Alessia Cara on a warm acoustic soul remake of one of the bonus tracks from 2016’s Radius. On this version, the song is buttered up and smoothed out when placed against the original’s perky uptempo drive.

Against the cozy coffee lounge backdrop from Ryan Hadlock’s production, the combination of their voices gives new life to the pointed lyricism about emotional responsibility. With every swing of the matchless chorus, this update possesses the Midas touch, easily becoming one of the album highlights.

Cara, who has graced international hits singles like “Scars to Your Beautiful” and the Zedd-supported “Stay,” is such a beautiful companion to Stone’s smooth vocal. And the whole idea of the unique pairing actually stemmed from a most unexpected and peculiar moment. “Right around the time when we’d gotten that whole song finished, Alessia posted a cover of herself signing the same tune,” Stone recalls. “We reached out to her asking if she wanted to do a cameo on the [new] album, and she was gracious enough to share her talents with us.”

Check out the First Listen of this exciting duet and let us know if you’re comfy lying in this bed.

By J Matthew Cobb

Allen Stone ft. Alessia Care
"Bed I Made"

 

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