In movies, there are certain films that are known for being really a character study rather than an event. What that does entail is we are basically meant to focus on a particular star and his journey throughout the entire production. The same (rarely) happens in music as well, where there isn’t really nothing that special about the music itself but rather the frontman, which most of the time is the vocalist. This kind of things really shows up more often than not in the talent shows where, let’s face it, no one gives that too much crap about the band but the singers instead. And that makes all the sense of the world in a show call, say, The Voice.
That being said, all these thoughts does come to mind when you are listening to Josh Michaels’ latest single “You’ll See.” There isn’t any crazy and interesting arrangements, groundbreaking techniques that will wow you forever – no, it’s all very subtle and the reason that is it’s because the song is really all about Michaels. Right in the very first second Josh comes into the spotlight and starts singing, the power that comes out in some way blows you away. Being honest isn’t something out of this world as in Susan Boyle back in the BGT where everyone just went nuts, but the layers found in his voice leaves no doubt this is a talented artist with a presence. In fact, even though you are listening, you can definitely picture him performing at a stage.
And that takes me to the somewhat negative thing I have and that is what personally felt as a lack of control from Michaels. There are number of times within the song where it feels a bit theatrical, especially around the verses where he adds these grasps and unnecessary emphasis, like to make the song much passionate and rock and roll, I guess? That might have work in another type of song, but in simple and contemporary track as this one it really felt out of place.