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SINGLE REVIEW: Stone Woman by Cole Phoenix

Cole Phoenix is no stranger to releasing contemporary pop songs that experiment with genre and reveal her jazz and soul roots. This latest offering from the Australian born singer-songwriter is no different. Cole was a semi-finalist in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition with her single Cannibal and was also nominated for Best New Top 40 Artist of The Year in 2015 at the New Music Awards (USA) alongside chart-toppers Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor and Charli XCX.

This latest single Stone Woman is the perfect showcase for Cole’s seductive vocals, delivering emotional honesty at its best with a lyric that’s personal yet relatable. The track kicks off with a house style piano, laced with steamy organ and merges with a rhythm section taking its cues from funk, rock and soul. The production is smooth and suitably dynamic, reigning in the instrumentation when required. The chorus refrain contains a crucial hook at its tail but the resolute lead vocal line is where the engine of the song resides. A seamless build throughout the song unveils some tasteful subtle jazz guitar parts in the second verse after which another steadily intensifying chorus comes in. This segues into a partial breakdown and then a concluding energy boost from the band.

Lyrically Stone Woman depicts a resolute stance, defiant yet emotionally raw and perhaps reflects a sentiment ripe for today’s climate. The subtle yet daring subject matter invokes self-empowerment and after repeated listens the melodic precision sounds as though it’s merely at the service of this lyric, a statement that’s essential and decisive.

On the whole Cole Phoenix has delivered another impressive track which explores genres in an interesting and commercially attuned way. It has enormous crossover potential that should see this emerging artist reach heights all her previous releases have promised.

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