A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as the University of Western Ontario (with a Honors Bachelor's of Music), Dave King is experienced as a classical pianist. He released his first album in 2010, calling it Listening Through The Night. The songs were birthed from moments spent calling out and listening to God even in some darker times. The overall style of this album is piano pop rock, with a bit more of a rock tinge here and there (such as in the song "Sanctify"). Though some of the instrumentation is fairly well-composed and played (the instrumental tracks "Exile" and "Becoming One" are the best tracks on the album), the majority is subpar compared to other piano pop artists of today. However, between the music and the vocals/lyrics, the music is the better half. Vocally, King has a good voice, but it might be much better utilized in a different musical setting. Piano pop doesn't seem to be the best fit for his vocals. I could see him sounding better in a more toned-down, maybe worship music setting. He may also do better to take some time to strengthen his lyric-writing skills, or collaborate with other writers. I appreciate that he's writing about personal things and he's honest (good qualities to have in songwriting), but the inclusion of the personal experiences and honesty into words seems lacking. A lot of the time, there are some rather cheesy rhyme schemes. While Dave King isn't entirely impressive as of yet, there's definite potential here. A little time spent refining his lyrics (and maybe finding a softer style that works for his voice) and we could have some pretty good music on our hands.
- Review date: 2/9/11, written by Scott Fryberger of Jesusfreakhideout.com