Alyssa Bonagura - Road Less Traveled (2016)

Alyssa Bonagura - Road Less Traveled (2016)

Artist: Road Less Traveled
Title: Awakening of a Capital
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Alyssa Bonagura
Genre: Country, Americana, Singer/Songwriter
Quality: 320 / FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 37:42
Total Size: 101 / 242 Mb


1. Comin' up from the Underground (04:37)
2. Imagination (04:18)
3. Road Less Traveled (03:47)
4. Heavy on My Mind (03:29)
5. I Wanna Marry You (02:14)
6. Like a Child (05:22)
7. Rebel (03:54)
8. Crying (03:52)
9. Who I Want the World to See (02:45)
10. Angel (03:24)

Nashville native makes a case for stardom with stacked ten track country debut.

It s often hard for children of successful musicians to become successful themselves and yet after a decade of working as an in-demand songwriter both abroad (Raquel Castro, Morgan Evans) and in Nashville ( Circles from Jana Kramer and Lights Down Low from Jessie James Decker - both radio singles at the writing of this review), Alyssa Bonagura is ready to take the world by storm with her diverse just-released new album Road Less Traveled.

The album opens with a pair of exquisite tracks. The Sheryl Crow-like Comin Up From The Underground and lilt-y ballad Imagination. The former track is a perfect tempo-filled, arena ready album opener while Imagination has an earthy, Celtic melodic underpinning which recalls the great records of Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. An edgier folks-y country song which suggests Bonagura is anything but a pop tart. As if to hammer this point home, this album s first single Rebel, showcases a powerful artist with one of the best lyrics of 2016 . Rebel is a song with a chorus refrain I m a rebel with an unknown plan, I m a believer trying to figure out who I am. This is the kind of simple power ballad (which features piano, strings, acoustic bass and guitar) which constantly poured out of the Brill Building in NYC all those years ago. It s also one of five songs here which are solo compositions from the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer.

As an instrumentalist, Bonagura plays 8 different instruments in addition to all the vocals of Crying, a haunting, harmonica-laced ode to loneliness that can be found anywhere, even if you re a popular figure. It s a showcase for how depression can hit even the people who seemingly have it all together. The title track is another introspective piece about finding your own path, even if it s one that s not the same path as everyone else. This is a song for the awkward and the independent amongst us. It s an artist s song and one that certainly feels like a mission statement from Alyssa Bonagura herself.

The sweet I Wanna Marry You is another song that s as simple and saccharine sweet as Paul McCartney s Silly Love Songs and that s what s striking about Alyssa Bonagura s work throughout the duration of Road Less Traveled. She s working on a level that few debut artists work on. This is a record which deserves to be listened to over and over and over again. This is a record from an artist at the top of her game.

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