You’ve got the idea by now that I’m into Stevie Wonder and I’m into folks who cover his music. I obviously prefer it if they do a good job of that and unless the effort is so awful it’s laughable I won’t post it unless it’s worth you giving some time to it.
Now do I know Thierry Eliez? What do you think? Of course I don’t (see how I take it easy on your brain, right there). Never heard of him in all my days on planet earth until I came across his version of Overjoyed. Let me deal with If It’s Magic cover first. That’s alright, not uprooting any trees or establishing a threat to the original, but a good faithful cover of the song – the brother’s alright vocally and I’m cool with that.
To be fair, though, if it was just this bit that I was reviewing, I wouldn’t post it. It’s the piano’s treatment of Overjoyed that caught my attention. It’s not just showing off, it’s taking a song and doing things with it that only a piano can do justice to, wonderful version indeed. (Trust me I try not to use that pun, but it’s not meant as a pun in this instance.) The man is evidently gifted to weave a spell on the piano that gets you up and hopping around the song and settled into it by the end. A marvellous rendition well worth giving your time to consider. Enjoy.