The journey into the works of a new artist came upon me in
2017 when I sojourned with the fluent and passionate refrains of Dulce Joya on her debut release Reality of Dreams, now the artist is
back with a truly magnificent new album entitled Devotion and what a splendid album it is indeed.
From the very opening piece Joya grabs you by the musical
collar and never lets you go, the powerful but utterly impressive Passione Nocturnale starts the
proceedings and is in my view one of the best solo piano pieces and
performances I have heard for many years, fast paced and filled with a sense of
urgency, but so beautifully played.
That aforementioned style is matched so colourfully with one
of my personal favourites in the heart felt and deeply moving opus of Yes It is You. The dance with major and
minor here was emotive and quite reflective, and mixed the combinations of New Age
Piano and a more commercial style incredibly well.
An artist like Dulce
Joya has the ability to play light and dark, sunshine and shadow and that
can be felt on classy pieces like Forgotten
Worlds, her performance here would easily grasp a standing ovation with
ease. The more sensitive textures can be also found on tracks like the mood
filled opus of My Untamed Soul in Yours,
it is indeed an album with something for everyone’s taste.
This is really one of those solo piano journeys you never
want to end, the presentations from the artist are all full flowing, and filled
with passionate streaming rivers of emotion that Joya is clearly in touch with,
like the crafted nuances of From Ancient
Time We Meet Again, or the climatic ending composition Mistery Among Candles, an offering that could easily be part of a
Dulce Joya in my view has created her best work
so far with Devotion, and in doing
so has raised the bar of professionalism more than just a single notch of the
ladder, this in my opinion is the apex of performance and presentation in what
is an overcrowded genre of solo piano, but Devotion
a classy release of ten quality tracks,
is not only an album that stands out from the crowd, it is one that screams and
demands to be listened to, and has to be one of the best solo piano albums of
the last decade with ease.