Mikey Wax | s/t (Toucan Cove)

cd mikey-waxDance floor–ready first single and disc opener “You Lift Me Up” takes you instantly to the crest of the wave—no paddling required.

 

 

From Nashville by way of Long Island comes Mikey Wax, a young man with a firm hold on pop music. Although new to many of us, Wax is something of a self-made man. He self-released his debut album Change Again in 2009 while a student at Vanderbilt University, and soon found success on social media. After a song was featured on YouTube, Wax’s debut made it into the top 100 of the iTunes pop charts. A second self-release, Constant Motion, followed, with the single “Counting on You” climbing to #47 on Billboard Heatseekers chart. Now into 2014, we’ve got his self-titled third album, this time on Universal Records subsidiary Toucan Cove.

From the get-go, Wax lets you know this pop album is no sissy meandering through maudlin songs about heartbreak and lost love. Dance floor–ready first single and disc opener “You Lift Me Up” takes you instantly to the crest of the wave—no paddling required. What follows are 13 songs (16, if you’ve got the deluxe edition with its three remixes of “You Lift Me Up”—I highly recommend the acoustic version) of upbeat and engaging songs, each led by Wax’s comfortable, boy-next-door vocals.

As with any good pop release, there are plenty of love songs here; however, they’re largely positive and inspiring, the kind of songs that remind you how lucky you are to have found that special someone, the “Only One” about whom Wax sings. Other feel-good, sing-along tracks include “Hang On,” “Let You Run,” “Alive in NYC,” “Take Me Home,” and “Fall Back in Love Tonight.”

But if you haven’t yet met your soul mate, don’t fear: There a few “Where did she go?” songs here, just for you: “Baby Don’t You Let Me Down,” “Last Great Song

The piano-driven “The Calm” showcases Wax’s talents as a musician, and the slow jam of “Walking on Air” display versatility in style. The album proper closes with “Holiday,” a song both mellow and cheerful. It may not be the best thing you’ll hear all year, but it’s definitely one to play again. B | Laura Hamlett

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Laura Hamlett is the Managing Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. In a past life, she was also a music publicist and band manager. Besides music, books, and other forms of popular culture, she's a fan of the psychology behind true crime and violent criminals. Ask her about mass murder...if you dare.

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