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Review: Christopher Bonella – ‘Outono’

by admin August 26, 2020

Review: Christopher Bonella – ‘Outono’

A talented musician with more than two decades of experience, Christopher Bonella is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer with a special penchant for guitars and bass guitars. As an artist, Bonella weaves elements of pop and rock together, shaping his compositions with striking guitar melodies and indelible riffs that blend seamlessly with his unique vocal style to create something on unquestionable character.

After cutting his teeth and refining his talents in bars throughout the city of São Paulo, Bonella went on to participate in a series of cover bands, open his own musical production company, and gain national fame as the guitarist of the group Alto Retrato. Now embarking on a promising solo career, Bonella has recently released his latest single, ‘Outono’, an original rock song written and recorded in his native dialect of Portuguese.

While the cheesy cover art might set your expectations low, Bonella’s new single is a definitive case of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. Arriving on a wave of nuanced acoustic guitar and solid, drifting percussion, ‘Outono’ soars with a building, emotive sound, crossing the borders between soft, melodic rock and intense balladry with ease.

Musically, it’s hard to fault Bonella’s work, creating a vibrant and evolving series of melodies that ebb and flow with his vocals, dipping and rising at just the right moments and moving forward with a perfectly paced tempo that reflects the evocative nature of his lyrics. For the most part, his vocals are strong and sentimental, managing to keep up with the instrumentals and convey a lavish melancholic tone that is easily readable in any language. There are admittedly moments where they strain and falter, but for the most part you can easily fall deep into the heart of the song.

A textured and otherwise seamless introduction to Bonella’s work, ‘Outono’ has a universal appeal that surpasses its native tongue, brimming with affection and a wistful quality that can only come from gifted songwriting. Offering a heartfelt and impressive glimpse into what might come next, the single is easily accessible and wonderfully relatable, showcasing both Bonella’s talents, strengths, and weakness in brilliant form.

Available now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, and all other major platforms, ‘Outono’ is a new track that any fan of melodic, heartfelt rock can take solace in.

Score: 7.5/10

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