Saturday, January 29, 2011

Devin Williams: Overload Review

Devin Williams is back with his third release Overload. His Creed-like sound and refreshing deep voice make this album an immediate sensation, as the short, six-song EP offers a wide variety of styles from grunge rock to string-based, encouragement-filled tracks.

The title track "Overload" opens the CD with a blast of grunge rock and the overpowering "heys" that immediately remind the listener of Creed. "Overload" speaks to someone who is causing hurt that must be avoided and how we need God's help in it. Next, at first sounding as if it is slowing things down, "Save Me" bursts suddenly into a strong guitar act, becoming a nicely-paced contemporary worship track asking God to save us from the troubles in life. "Start Over" was very welcoming, a string-based love song speaking of "breaking the walls we built on our mistakes." I enjoyed the mix-up of tracks, the first two being very upbeat, with a third one being on the slower side of things.

"Eraser" is a moderate rock track giving praise to God for erasing the sin and shame in our lives. I very much enjoyed the encouraging lyrics of this track: "You erase it all/ come and wash away the pain/ all the shame is gone/ now I stand up tall cause you erased it all." "Roses In The Morning" keeps the same sentiment as "Eraser" and tells the story of being in a relationship that was broken up and how only God knows how we truly feel inside about our secret hurts. "Always There" ends Overload with a RED-sounding song -- string based and on a sad note. However, the lyrics of this song were extremely encouraging, reminding the listener that Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us: "He'll always be there for you/ when you're down/ and all alone/ He'll always be there for you if your life caves in."

I had heard several of Devin's works previous to Overload that I had thoroughly enjoyed, and Overload seems to only bring out Devin's very best. I greatly enjoyed Devin's amazing vocal talent, as the music is nothing short of amazing. I highly recommend this album to fans of Red, Creed, or Kutless, because of the similarities in style. Be sure to get this album today!

Buy it here for $7!

Rating: 4.5/5
Release date: January 10, 2011

Track listing:
1. Overload
2. Save Me
3. Start Over
4. Eraser
5. Roses In the Morning
6. Always There

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