Kylie Auldist possesses the kind of powerful yet nuanced soul voice that comes along only once in a while, and when youâ€™ve heard it once you never quite forget it. On her second album, Made Of Stone, the Australian singer has again enlisted the phenomenal talents of The Bamboos as her backing band.
The result is a sizzling collection of original, grown-up pop with warm, retro-inspired funk and mod-soul flavors complementing the razor sharp musicianship, crystal-clear production and Kylieâ€™s incisive lyrical voice.
Made of Stone kicks off with a familiarly fiery funk number in the shape of the title track; a few tracks in though, and youâ€™ll see a gear change that finds Kylie and the band in a more mellifluous, reflective soul mode, where the perfectly-crafted songs range from knowingly-articulated tales of life and love along universal themes, such as â€œLookinâ€™ For Youâ€, to the more complex internal web of experience that informs â€œI Willâ€, written for her two sons, and the closing track, which is a dedication to a dearly missed member of a close-knit family.
If you missed her debut album Just Say, then you missed out! Get it here.