Enter an acoustic wonderland.
“If I could love you more than all the saints and angels combined…”
The heart of the song “Simon (Petros)” is the desire to learn to love as unconditionally as God loves us all. Alanna-Marie Boudreau explores this theme with a driving acoustic guitar rhythm and a gentle folk melody. She gives the tune a suspended feeling by letting the thin strings ring and changing chords through the lower notes.
The percussion arrangement is exceptional. The drum set is comprised of mostly muted timpani drums, emitting an almost tribal beat. The drummer employs cymbal rolls at the entrance of each chorus which, after a brief halt of music, broadens the sound and makes the refrain sound like it’s hitting the ground running. Her choice of low, male backup vocals is a nice contrast to her lead and makes this unplugged tune sound a lot larger than her accompaniment really is.
Alanna-Marie Boudreau is an artist to watch. Her tunes are engaging and venturesome without challenging or underestimating the listener, and it is obvious that she puts great deal of effort into her getting her arrangements just right.
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