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This review is from: Overcome (Audio CD)
"Overcome" is David Nevue's ninth solo piano CD, and comes from the emotional journey of losing his father in the fall of 2003. Nevue emphasizes in the liner notes that the focus of the album is not sadness or sorrow, but the process of passing through it. A deeply religious man, and the son of a street preacher/evangelist known as "Brother Hallelujah" to those he preached to in Africa, Nevue includes his arrangements of five hymns and praise songs as well as ten new pieces and a new arrangement of "The Vigil," which was the title track of his 1999 CD and the piece he opens every performance with. Several of the pieces are very intense and convey the mix of emotions that comes with the death of a loved one. Some are quite dark, but the hymns bring light and a sense of healing. The last two tracks are much more upbeat and peaceful, having "overcome" the grieving process and making it through to the other side.
The title track is a very dark, powerful piece, full of deep emotion - one of Nevue's best, I think. "Winter Walk" is another favorite. The crystalline opening notes in the upper register are chilly and clear. The rest of the piece is more introspective with the leisurely pace of a long walk to think things through and to just let yourself feel. The feeling is very sad, but not without hope. "Treasure Falls" is another beauty, although it is much lighter in feel. Alternately introspective and almost dancelike, it reflects a contrast of emotions. "Broken" is again very solemn and deeply emotional, as are "A Moment Lost" and "When the Hard Rains Come." "Words Left Unsaid" is another favorite. Nevue calls it "a lament," and the sense of regret is palpable. "Walking In Shadow" is based on a verse from the 23rd Psalm, and is very dark, indeed, but a feeling of hope breaks through in passages, again contrasting some very different emotions. "The Old Country Church" was composed for Nevue's father, who loved good-time gospel music. It isn't exactly joyful, but as the song develops, it is going in that direction. Nevue's arrangements include a lovely version of "As the Deer" as well as his personal interpretations of "It Is Well With My Soul," "Take My Life and Let It Be," "There Is a Redeemer," and "Psalm 5."
As an artist, David Nevue keeps reaching new heights by setting his life experience and faith to music. His music is not complicated or flashy, but comes from deep within, letting us know him and his heart in a way that words would never do. "Overcome" is amazing in its candor and openness. Very highly recommended!