Sandra Bouza commands that you pull out your torches for The City as she renders an emotional performance. She tucks nostalgia into every word that she delivers with passion. The song is obviously a journey, while she speaks of a city, there is a distance. So I would say that she puts her city behind glass panes to show us the museum of what she thought she knew, but it isn’t so in reality.
The City originally was to have strings and a band before it was recorded. The first mix was recorded to understand the song better. It was then sent to Sandra by Ross Hayes Citrullo, her producer. It immediately stuck with Sandra. The both of them knew that it was magic and that this was the version that deserves to be heard. In the track, it is just Sandra and the piano, this grounds the song entirely and adds a woody texture to it. It also feels like an intimate experience where it’s just you, Sandra, a piano and a spotlight. She evokes a whole platter of nostalgia and a range of emotions that resonate deeply with the listeners.
A film that comes to mind as we hear the song is Sweet Home Alabama. She comes back to a home she barely recognizes. And Sandra sings of that exact emotion, of not recognizing a city even though you spent such a large chunk of your life in. Sandra has touched an extraordinary level of delicate pureness in a lyrical ballad. This shining gem of a number is proof that Sandra Bouza is a talent to watch out for.