Dope Lemon - Rose Pink Cadillac (2LP Picture Disc)
Slinking out of the silky darkness of the midnight hour towards the blissed ou champagne pinks and purples of twilight, in 2021 Angus Stone returns with his beloved, intrepid Dope Lemon project.
So say the people: the third album is the one to keep ears on and eyes peeled for, and we believe this is a true testimony for the coliseum of Stone’s wonderful Dope Lemon tale. For his third heavy thinking Lemon album, Stone steps away from the observatory of space from his earlier records and towards something glitzier and glammier but no less thoughtful.
This time, it’s all about true love, manifesting the bright silver clouds that only exist in your deepest dreams, meeting that dream girl you thought was a figment of your imagination. The Rose Pink Cadillac has arrived right on time, and there’s a ticket in your hot little hands to jump in and go for a ride. Far from a retread of his past lives — although, no doubt, the rich waters of 2019’s Smooth Big Cat and 2016’s Honey Bones are still ripe for exploration — this year sees Stone taking a running leap into the warm lagunas and restorative hot springs of glittering, gorgeous new love. From the album’s first song — its title track and statement of intent, a tone-setting jaunt that immediately delineates this as a new era of Dope Lemon — romance oozes from this record.
“Oh, I love the way you dance, oh, how you move your feet,” Stone sings, like some long-lost sailor on the shores in the moonlight. Settling into a gorgeous, sunny Sunday morning groove (albeit a Sunday morning with a soiree of the finest champagne) Rose Pink Cadillac's gracious optimism tints the rest of this record, its golden tone dripping down like strands of hair sun-bleached from a weekend out at sea.
Rose Pink Cadillac was written and recorded by Stone under the spectre of global turmoil. Its sunkissed, unabashedly romantic outlook persists in spite of that: this is a paean to the spell that love puts us all under at one point or another, and an appeal to try and find that rarest of feelings even in times of strife. This is a record to put on with your loved ones, to let envelop and overtake you with its wash of feeling. There’s a seat for all of us in the Rose Pink Cadillac.