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Michele D'Amour - 'Silent Night'

Review By Patrick Joseph & Staff

The piano intro on “Silent Night” is like a warm comforting blanket. It instantly puts one in mind of being inside a cozy house and singing at the piano with family. This is the kind of emotional space which one is looking for from a Holiday song.

When the band kicks in, we hear a soaring organ and the white noise of brushes on a snare drum; the song is elevated to a huge, quiet intensity. The vocal take is mature and confident. D’Amour delivers a ton of emotion without overdoing it, bringing a classic to life.

All of the burning passion of classic gospel is present on this take. Listeners will fall in love with some of the chord choices toward the end of the song. The overall dynamic build from start to finish on this track is really impressive. The song begins in a very “homey” kind of a way and makes it way all the way to “church packed to the rafters” by the end. The instrumentation is exactly what you would want to hear. Piano and organ blend together perfectly. A strong bass player and pro rhythm section play all the right notes.

“Silent Night” feels like some great musicians got together and played a classic for the fun of it. All of the instrumental takes feel effortless and fun. A great organ solo is supported by sparse but deliberate comping from the rest of the band. By the last section, a vocal chorus supports the lead vocal, which kicks into high gear after a key change. D’Amour sings with a renewed flare and enticing ornamentations. A classic song delivered with passion while honoring timeless traditions, this track is an absolute killer. Stream on Spotify.

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About Michele D'Amour and The Love Dealers

Dubbed "the poetess of the blues," Michele D'Amour was steeped in music in the womb and has maintained her love of the blues genre throughout her life, bolstered by her father's extensive record collection. At the tender age of six, inspired by a now-forgotten incident, the precocious youngster penned her first song, "My Mom is So Mean." Growing up in rainy Seattle in such circumstances with two older sisters to boot, the blues gave Michele an outlet for transcending life's trials and helping others as well.

In 2011, the band Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers formed when the stars aligned -- Michele's lifelong affinity for the blues, her experience writing and performing, and the emergence of the right founding band members. The band has since released six albums; Michele's songs have won several songwriting awards, including a John Lennon grand prize. The band has also received awards, such as Best Blues Band from LA Music Critic in January 2019.


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