Stavro's debut album, "Chances," is a warm, wistful set of songs, lushly produced and layered. Storytelling is the album's central focus, each song its own portrait. Suburban nostalgia, pangs of longing at last call, the long walks stretching in between: each is a backdrop that "Chances" soaks up in the course of its ten tracks.
As a songwriter, Stavro's wit and sincerity are front and center. "Time and Time Again" is a standout, with its agile, sidestepping chorus: "I don't want you, anymore than I'm willing to say/I don't want you, anymore than you're willing to take." This doesn't mean every emotion on "Chances" is mingled with restraint, however; "Footsteps Up the Staircase" and "New Orleans" are songs of yearning unfiltered, and the debut single "I Remember" spills over with regret and sentimentality.