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Album Review

Neither David Wilcox or Nance Pettit planned on creating an album called Out Beyond Ideas when they started reading sacred poetry. The accidental project began when a friend gave the couple a book of mystic poetry for Christmas. Soon, they — being musicians — decided to set the poems to music. As they continued this experiment, just for fun, the harmonies and arrangements worked themselves out, and before long, they were performing these songs for friends. Everyone liked the songs, but they all had one question: are the songs available on a CD? They weren't. Furthermore, a number of people began to volunteer to play on an album including Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann. As one might imagine, mystic poetry works well within a singer/songwriter format — a natural fit. So while a musical-poem like "How Did the Rose Ever Open" might seem a bit esoteric (or old fashioned), it isn't all that far removed from the general contemplations that singer/songwriters are prone to. The real drawing power here, however, is the intertwined voices of Wilcox and Pettit. Their comfort with one another is evident and the merger of their voices also creates a lovely blend on Out Beyond Ideas. Singer/songwriter fans and lovers of esoteric poetry will enjoy this outing. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Back to the Basics ... Please

I am a huge David Wilcox fan. I have all his albums, see his concerts, blah blah blah. However, this album is a travesty. I understand he was trying something new, I understand the personal meaning for him behind the album, I understand where the profits are going. BUT. The voices don't blend, there are pitch problems and the songs themselves go nowhere for me. I know, it's a no no to criticize him, but I was very disappointed.

Great album!

As a fellow finger-picker I've loved David's material for years. Recent albums, however, had begun to sound all too much alike - until this one. I'm hearing new sounds, new melodies and some new creativity. I like this album very much! All musicians need to grow and evolve. It seems David has done some moving forward with this album.

Out Beyond Ideas grows on you

I wasn't initially excited about this CD, and bought it only because I love Rumi and Hafiz. The low-key nature of the songs didn't attract me at first, and I didn't listen to it much. But one day I found myself humming "How did the rose ever open" and telling people about it, and realized I do very much like this album. It's not a "typical" David Wilcox album, if there is such a thing, but for my money it has "hits" just as meaningful to me as Farthest Shore or Rule Number One, or the wonderful East Asheville Hardware. For sure all the Hafiz and Rumi fans should be lining up to buy this CD (especially on iTunes which has a bonus track) - though you will have to have the poetry at hand, since iTunes doesn't have a digital booklet for it - my one quibble with the album!


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A warm, baritone vocal tone and poetic lyricism are combined with a unique guitar style that blends soft jazz and folk sensibilities and an intimate stage persona by singer/songwriter David Wilcox. Often compared to James Taylor and John Martyn, Wilcox has built a solid fan base for his well-crafted folk-pop tunes. Cleveland-born Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after watching a fellow student play in a stairwell at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. Transferring to Warren Wilson College in...
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