Stan Mosley | Rosa's Lounge | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader

Stan Mosley Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., June 14, 9:30 p.m. 2009

Soul-blues singer Stan Mosley is clearly influenced by Bobby Womack, but he’s no mere imitator. His coruscating timbre is rougher than Womack’s, and the emotional fire that charges his voice—a combination of streetsy toughness and disarming vulnerability—is entirely his own. Mosley’s new album, I’m Comin’ Back (CDS), showcases his versatility as well as his chops: on up-tempo numbers he attacks the groove with leathery shouts that recall James Brown, and on ballads his choked delivery conveys both anguish and compassion. Though he mellows out on the bouncy, danceable title tune, his soft-edged croon has all the focus of his more aggressive vocals as he promises his lover he’ll mend his ways this time. His onstage demeanor underlines that blend of good-natured roguishness and heartfelt sincerity: his self-confidence stops just short of arrogance, and his warm smile and insinuating body language make it plain that, despite the gritty subject matter of some of his songs, this is a party for lovers. —David Whiteis

Price: $15

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