Her album, 'Champion,' is bound to have crossover success.
The opening track of Alanna Boudreau’s 2016 album Champion, “O Anxious One,” is a gentle tune which features Alanna singing and accompanying herself on guitar and with backup vocals. It is a prime example of her brilliance as a songwriter.
First, let’s look at her arrangement. Anxiety can often leave people feeling alone or isolated. She represents this by keeping it simple and performing all the music herself.
This minimalist arrangement was the perfect choice for a song about trying to comfort the anxious. Boudreau creates an intimate atmosphere that breaks down emotional walls with her voice’s sweet caress.
Her lyrics are another highlight. Boudreau is a Christian artist who explores faith in the secular. The duality of living in a very secular world as a Christian can create challenges we must all face from time to time.
“O Anxious One” is a prime example of this. The tune could be just as much about a parent’s feelings toward an anxious child, or a spouse trying to remove barriers, as it could be about God trying to reach out to us.
It is this accessibility that gives her music lasting Evangelical power. The obvious care Alanna puts into her craft leaves us giddy with anticipation for her next album.
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