Nouveaux - Beginnings

Wednesday 1st February 1995
Nouveaux - Beginnings
Nouveaux - Beginnings

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Benson 8441840482
RELEASE DATE: 1994-11-15
RRP: £10.99

Reviewed by Andy Barnes

As the name and title would suggest, this is another newcomer off the seemingly endless conveyor belt of highly talented CCM melodic rock bands. A five piece based in Nashville (where else?), Nouveaux have delivered an absolute stormer which totally belies it's debut status. Right from the opening bars of the Def Leppard inspired "We Believe", it's obvious this is going to be a bit special. More hooks than a fisherman's basket, catchier than measles, every song an AOR fan's dream. Bon Jovi would kill for a song half as good as the epic "Bridge Across The Water", whilst the slightly funkier edge to "Red, White, Black And Blue" has more of a Rhythm House feel. They show a heavier side on "All That Glitters"; "Hurt So Bad" is Idle Cure-style balladry and "A Time To Cry" comes over all White Heart, circa Tales Of Wonder'. All this is mere build up to the album closer "Across The Miles", a pure AOR classic, complete with Neal Schon (Journey) style lead guitar work - six minutes of sheer bliss. Great songs, superbly performed, all blended together with a top notch production job, courtesy of Doug Beiden. If you like your rock punchy, yet with tons of melody, makes sure this is at the top of your shopping list. Look, I'm out of superlatives here, so to sum up - WOW!!!

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Reader Comments

Posted by peter in solomon islands @ 04:39 on Jul 19 2007

I've had the beginings albun when i was in high school but got missing.
I have search for it for ages and could not find it. If anyone can have mercy on me and send me a copy would be of great enhancement for witnessing to my friends about the Lord. It is very effective using such things to witness for the Lord.

Posted by Scott in northern ireland @ 13:56 on Jul 20 2006

This is the rockier album of the two this band released and has killer hooks and solos... the kind of music crave grew up on!! ;-) Now, does anyone know where i can find this album to buy online in the UK?????!!!!

Reply by daevid in New York, NY @ 14:12 on May 31 2007

hi.. do you happen to have the 2nd album of them "and this is how I feel"? I lent mine and never got it returned!
if you do.. I have the "beginnings" album. please let me know

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