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Monday, February 10, 2014

"The Tower" by Nicole Atkins

Epic.  If asked to describe this song in one word, it would be "epic".  It begins fairly gently with an unassuming guitar riff that wouldn't be out of place on a classic rock record from 1970.  Then Ms. Atkins enters with her hauntingly beautiful vocals.  The verse leads way to a powerful chorus that causes the listener to question why she hasn't garnered more attention from the masses.  There is such power and passion in her voice that it's refreshing to hear.  After another verse/chorus, we arrive at a dazzling instrumental section with a climactic guitar solo while Atkins wails over the music.  Things quiet down for a moment until she begins repeatedly singing "There's a tower", which serves as the vocal climax and is truly chill-inducing.  The song winds down once again for a slow, quiet finish and ends the album, Mondo Amore, on an epic note.

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