If you’re looking for an album that will make you melt, Luke Maxim’s Stay is it. For the majority, the album is comprised of covers, which just adds to his “Buble-esque” style. However, with original tracks like the upbeat “Sunshine,” Maxim brings jazz back in a whole new way. His vocals are smooth like honey, and the gorgeous instrumentals behind him only add to this stunning track. It’s so refreshing to hear music like this again.
The title track of the album, “Stay,” is a subtly beautiful track, and each line just oozes this hypnotizing power. If you don’t melt listening to this, I have no hope for you. It’s a plea, an expression of restless fear, and the start of the madness love can cause. The track builds, and I find myself holding my breath waiting for the each verse, and the rich, lush instrumentals that encompass the song with this spine-tingling power. The theme of the madness of love seems to pop up a few times, with a cover of Michael Jackson’s “I Can’t Help It,” and a duet, “More Than a Dream.” On the latter, the two vocalists match with raw power, which only builds alongside the music.
Each of Maxim’s covers presented on Stay add a whole new love to the songs that are already pretty much worshipped, like The Divine Comedy’s “Tonight We Fly” or the classics like “Tu Vuò Fà L’Americano,” and “I Can’t Give You Anything.” Maxim’s vocals are, for lack of a better phrase, on point. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” is just as stunning as the Tony Bennet tune has always been, but it is his rendition of the Foo Fighters’ “Everlong,” and his male-version of Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” that stand out as the strongest covers. They are truly magical, and add a whole other dimension to Maxim’s versatility. If you already love these songs, Maxim’s cover will only add to the adoration.
“Slow Down” is the ballad of a heartbroken man, who tried to fight for a love that wasn’t going to last, and who’s upset that his lover moved on so quickly. Maxim’s inflection on the chorus, backed by gorgeous harmonies, adds a truly magical depth to the track. Luke Maxim will hit the big time before you know it; this song instills that feeling. His versatility and talent are both showcased wonderfully on this album, although it would be nice to hear a fully original album. Whether or not that comes later, I guess we’ll see.