“Yet your name keeps coming back, like an old track”. From the first notes of the horn one hears on this smoldering, jazzy song, the listener knows they are in for a special trip.
Like A Stone is immediately nostalgic, evident through the crackling sound of the record (an oft-used device in 1990s CD-era recordings), the jazzy, somber instrumentation and Alves’ unique, throwback, melancholic vocal stylings. Yet Swiss producer/arranger duo Stereotyp keep the song firmly rooted in the twenty-first century through its fresh production and the electronic flourishes that pop up throughout the track (especially the surprising groovy vocal effect that comes in at around 2:50 mark).
Immediately nostalgic…jazzy, somber instrumentation & unique, throwback, melancholic vocal stylings – but firmly routed in the 21st Century through fresh production and electronic flourishes
In this playlist-heavy age, this cut can fit comfortably in playlists ranging from neo-soul to torch songs, as well trendier ones devoted to pop/soul/genre-hybrid material.
“Like A Stone” also brings to mind 1990s artists such as Groove Theory, Erykah Badu, Massive Attack and even, dare we say, the great Sade. whom the reviewer can clearly imagine comfortably and lovingly covering this winning recording.
The song’s lyrical theme centers around a broken relationship which Alves is not able to forget. The subject matter is treated carefully and the song manages to avoid the lyrical cliches that can sometimes hamper a track such as this.
Alves’ vocals are warm, unique, inviting and world-weary
Rio De Janeiro-born and Biel-residing Alves’ vocals are warm, unique, inviting and world-weary. Coupled with Stereotyp’s appealing production, they come up with a winning combination that one hopes will go far for Caroline Alves and help cement her career. Like A Stone serves as an introduction to Alves’ debut album, which is planned to be released later this year. “Stuck in my head, more than it should, I can not move on, like a stone”.