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Alyssa Bonagura : Love Wins Review

Alyssa Bonagura : Love Wins Review

by Shannon Smith

Alyssa-Bonagura-Sound-In-Review-CDAlyssa Bonagura’s latest EP, Love Wins, released under Extreme Music Library LTD, is a compelling set of songs that show her versatility as a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. With a career that spans over a decade and a sound that fuses country storytelling, rock & roll spirit, and Brit-pop flair, Bonagura once again showcases her exceptional ability to transcend genres.

The EP opens with “No Stoppin’ This Train,” a vibrant anthem about newfound happiness after heartbreak. Bonagura’s powerful vocals soar over a rhythmic arrangement that mirrors the relentless motion of a train, symbolizing her forward momentum and resilience. The clever travel metaphors and infectious energy set the tone for an EP that celebrates overcoming adversity.

The title track, “Love Wins,” is a gospel-infused powerhouse that epitomizes the EP’s central theme of triumph over darkness. Bonagura’s poignant lyrics and soulful delivery, inspired by a tragic event and bolstered by phenomenal backing vocals, create a cathartic and uplifting experience. The song’s message is clear: love is the ultimate victor, even when evil tries to invade our hearts.

“I’m Done” shifts to a more mainstream country/pop sound, making it the most radio-friendly track on the EP. Its catchy melody and upbeat tempo celebrate moving past fear and negativity, embodying the spirit of letting go and embracing joy. This track’s universal appeal and fun vibe could easily find a place in any pop-country playlist.

In “There Was You,” Bonagura reveals a more tender side. The song’s simplicity, led by acoustic guitar, allows her delicate vocal delivery to shine. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of life transformed by love, likening her previous sorrow to singing the blues and her current joy to a harmonious symphony. This track is a beautiful testament to the power of love to change one’s perspective.

The EP closes with “Never Alone,” a profoundly moving ballad written in memory of Bonagura’s best friend, Roman. The song offers comfort and solace, its lyrics serving as a gentle reminder that we are never truly alone. The piano-driven arrangement and Bonagura’s heartfelt performance make this a decisive end to a richly emotional journey.

Love Wins is Bonagura weaving diverse musical influences into a cohesive and emotionally profound collection. Each track, with its unique musical elements, contributes to the EP’s overarching narrative of love, loss, and triumph. Bonagura’s evocative storytelling, combined with her blend of country, rock, and pop elements, ensures that Love Wins will deeply resonate with listeners, leaving a lasting emotional impact.

As we eagerly await her forthcoming full-length album, Love Wins serves as a tantalizing appetizer, a testament to why Alyssa Bonagura remains a formidable and innovative force in contemporary country music. With her unique sound and compelling storytelling, it’s clear that Bonagura’s future projects will continue to captivate and surprise us.


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Alyssa Bonagura

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Love Wins

Release Date

May 3, 2024


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Shannon Smith
A fan of music my entire life. Should that be enough, well it is for me. Who buys music, the fans. Who listens to music, the fans. Like me, there are many like-minded individuals that daily search for meaningful and new music to add to their playlist, their soundtrack of life. A life without music would Bb. Yes, I have seen that saying floating around for years, and truth is, its #truth. So, may I introduce you to Shannon Smith (me). I am the editor. A music junkie that can’t get enough music in my life. A nerd (proudly), with some mad love for technology and design. It is that desire that sparked Sound in Review. Life is busy, the reviews are meant to ultimately introduce and briefly talk about the music. We have a section called SIR Quote: this is my way of saying thank you, to the countless artists making the world a place of expression. Show yours by rating each artists album, just as we have (collectively as writers), to show your support for your favorite artist.
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