Artist – Alpha Rev
Album – New Morning
Year – 2010
Genre – Alternative/Acoustic Rock
I don’t have many things to say to open this one. All I can say is that when I first heard this song, I knew it was something special. You will too, I hope. It never really got much attention after it was first released, but it deserves every bit of praise it gets.
The instrumentation of this song can best be described like this: the music is like a man who doesn’t speak much, but when he does, it’s powerful and moving beyond belief. The song constantly adds layers upon layers. It’s guitar, then accordion, then piano, and so on. The first verse is gentle, but when the backing synth and strings hit you during the chorus, it knock the wind out of you. Even the drums and guitar “solo” in the middle of the song don’t sound out of place. The whole song just builds to a hugely triumphant and very emotional climax.
The vocals are the absolute star of this song. Frontman Casey McPherson has a voice so beautiful, powerful, and gentle at the same time, I haven’t heard many like it since. It’s absolutely moving in the way he sings the chorus. If you’re looking for a song to give you chills throughout your whole body, listen to the chorus of this song. Each one get’s better and better as more and more instruments add to the power. His voice is in this song is just profound to me in a way that’s hard to explain. As he climbs higher and higher, he loses no sense of emotion, and you can tell he is throwing every ounce of himself into this track.
The lyrics at first glance are hard to understand in terms of meaning. They’re sort of cryptic, and I think this is a song that each person will have a different meaning for. However, I interpret it as this: there is beauty everywhere around us, and all it takes to see it sometimes is looking at things in a new light, and being thankful for the simple things; the things that we take for granted that are around us every day. We all have the capability to experience unimaginable beauty in the people around us, or even the world around us, if we’re just willing to take a step back and truly look.
This song moved me, and I’m certainly not ashamed to say it. It’s a sign of a song that has accomplished it’s task to the fullest degree. If you want to be moved too, this is for you. It’s powerful, emotional, yet gentle and simple. It’s been awhile since I used the word honest in a review, but here it is: the song is pure honesty and poetry, and that’s the highest praise a song can get from me.
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