Michael Stosic – “Michael Stosic”
The indie approach of low-frills studio production has become clichéd and dull. Michael Stosic’s new self-titled album flips the pages back to a different aesthetic, when sounding slickly recorded and big wasn’t a crime against musical taste. For the most part, Stosic is channeling the ‘80s here, equal parts Hall & Oates-ish R&B and Bruce Hornsby heartland rock. For those old enough to recall Adult Contemporary radio during that era, Stosic’s music will strike a nostalgic chord.
On “Tell Me You Love Me,” Stosic’s soulful voice is beautifully captured by the sleek production; it’s as smooth as molasses. “Easy Come Easy Go” is gorgeously rendered adult pop, its acoustic prettiness blending effortlessly with the sublime piano. On “If You Ever Change Your Mind,” Stosic easily recalls Boz Scaggs while shimmering keyboards offer a transcendent uplift to “Can’t Run from Love.” Stosic has quite a voice, brimming with passion and real emotion. His silky crooning on “Be Easy Love” will have hearts melting.