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This Noah Deserves to be Heard

  • Chad Estes TheFish.com Contributing Writer
  • 2012 7 Jul
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This <i>Noah</i> Deserves to be Heard


Artist:
Noah Stewart

Title: Noah  

Label: Verve   

Looking like a more refined and softer version of model Tyson Beckford, vocalist Noah Stewart makes a striking vision on the CD jacket of his self-titled album, Noah.  

If you don't know Noah by reputation you would be surprised by the voice that comes out of your speakers when you first play Noah's music - opera. I was expecting a rich, professional voice based on the photography in his booklet. I was unprepared for the smooth, rising, operatic tenor.  

Opera music isn't something I normally put on in the background when I'm working in my studio or when I'm reading. But I'm learning there is something calming and creative about classical music performed well. This is an amazing debut album and will win many fans. It has won me.  

The strength of the album is when Noah covers songs from operas, from Broadway musicals and old hymns. Amazing Grace, Nearer my God to Thee, and I'll Walk with God, are heartfelt and soaring. I've had more people walk into my home and ask who I was listening to than any other album I've reviewed this year.  

It is when Noah moves away from the standard fare covered by opera music and tries to reinterpret other genres of songs that his album hits a speed bump. While listening to "Notte Di Luce," and you realize you are listening to an Italian version of "Nights in White Satin," you will find yourself in your own moody blues. And though his voice is beautiful, when Noah sings Leonard Cohen's "Halleluiah" his voice comes across as an angel and this song needs to be sung by a mortal for the true expression to be felt. Some voices are too perfect for some songs. Jeff Buckley's version, even the group that sang the song for the movie Shrek interpreted the song with more grace and less perfection.  

If you don't have any opera albums on your iPod, try downloading a song or two from this album, if not the whole thing. Noah Stewart has a voice that needs to be heard and it is going to be ringing for many years to come. 

*This Review First Published 7/30/2012