With a voice that is equal parts Florence Welch and Lana Del Rey, Nana M. Rose delivers a powerful performance of her new song “November” in this one-take video posted to her YouTube channel on December 11th, 2020. Rose showcases her skill behind the piano while simultaneously mixing deep, sultry vocals with high falsettos and a belted chorus that will rip out the heart of any feeling human. While many artists have performed ballads from behind the piano for almost the entire history of the instrument, Rose uses what makes her unique, her voice, and puts forth one of the strongest ballads in recent memory.
The melancholic tone of the song provides the perfect springboard for Rose to showcase her vocal range. As mentioned before, she mixes the lows and the highs to push the audience to their emotional breaking point before sucking them back in with the chorus. In the chorus of “November,” Rose showcases her phenomenal ability to belt, and the cinematographer behind this one-take deserves credit for focusing on Rose’s facial expressions at various points throughout the entire process. While one can absolutely hear the pain in Rose’s voice, seeing her face contort to fit the lyrics and the melody is what adds that extra layer of despair.
Having a powerful and unique voice is one of the greatest ways to make an artist stand out, and Nana M. Rose has exactly that. There’s something in her voice that breathes life into the sadness and reminds the audience that pain is a necessary part of life, and nobody is going through life alone. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sob in the corner while reminding myself that there is beauty in pain and pain in beauty.