CD Review: Steve Hewitt – Bigger Than Words
by Antony Bailey for Country Music News International
- Mind Off Of You
- Fix Me
- Move On
- Pushing Me Away
- Light Gone Out
- Healing & Hurt
- Without You
- Holding Me Back
- Sad Sad Old World
British singer-songwriter Steve Hewitt’s debut album ‘Bigger Than Words’ is fast approaching its third birthday and continues to strike a chord with its ever-expanding audience. The ten-track album touches on love, heartbreak, wisdom, and despair and is available to download and stream from multiple digital platforms.
The first song titled ‘Mind Off Of You’ is an acoustic piece with lyrics heavily focused on being in love without being able to take that person off one’s mind. It sets the tone for the album as each song is based on Hewitt’s personal life experiences. ‘Fix Me’ is also an acoustic piece with minimal rhythmic accompaniment. The lyrics question whether he has been living a lie in a relationship with somebody who perhaps didn’t love him as much as he loved them. ‘’Don’t try to fix me’’ typifies the meaning behind the song as he pours his heart out in a song overwhelmed with tension and anguish.
‘Pieces’ includes the use of the drums and consequently injects more life into the music. The meaning is about being left to pick up the pieces of a relationship after its fallen on hard times without any sign of reconciliation and understanding. The song also touches on being receptive to each-others needs and interest rather than expecting the other half to make all the effort and sacrifice.
‘Move On’ sings about ‘’holding on to what you got’’ while at the same time being strong enough to let go of something that isn’t bringing any happiness or emotional wellbeing to a person’s life. It is ultimately about able to notice the signs of a toxic relationship that isn’t ever going to flourish into something special. ‘Pushing Me Away’ sings about being pushed away by someone who is loved, cherished, and admired to the core but can’t seem to recognise the love they have in their life.
‘Light Gone Out’ depicts an image of misery and depression as humans are well-known for associating darkness with sadness and tragedy. Therefore, the song’s meaning is just that – switching the light back on and regaining strength in places where it would never have been thought to be found. In other words, there is always light at the end of the tunnel no matter how long that tunnel might be.
The last track on the album ‘Sad Sad Old World’ closes the album on a rather sombre note but leaves undertones of hope and wisdom that there will always be an opportunity to find love and strength even at the darkest of times. The world is crying out for peace so perhaps one day it will achieve what it always strived to from day one. Stay tuned to Country Music News International for live updates and upcoming country artists located around the world.
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