Allison Crowe : Little Light

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Sell date: 8/2012
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Mfg's Catalog#: 5637258
CDC Part#: 1246665
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 Notes & Reviews
 
Little Light is the newest singer-songwriter collection from Allison Crowe. It opens with a rustically shimmering version of 'Northern Lights' - a song Allison performed'specially for the John Lennon Northern Lights Festival in Durness, Scotland. 'Angels' is recorded live at St. Andrew's United Church, Christmas-time, in Allison's birthplace, Nanaimo, Canada. She's backed here by bassist Dave Baird and percussionist Laurent Boucher. 'Disease', a song of social conscience, has, through years of live performance, become epic - channeling Beethoven, grunge and more. Here 't'is captured in it's raging glory by Engineer-Producer Larry Anschell and Co-Engineer Brad Graham (on International Women's Day 2008, the same night celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Anschell's Turtle Recording Studios). Title track 'Little Light' is among a set of guitar songs that reveal a different sort of Allison Crowe's writerly reflections in music. 'Happy People', like such earlier songs as Ray Davies' Kinky 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion', and Crowe's own, 'Skeletons and Spirits', a bright melody coats more acid observations. Strong and gentle poetics of 'Hold Back' warm us by a fire kindled in the '70s by Joni Mitchell. 'Choose to Be' bridges the piano sound of Allison's 'This Little Bird' songs with her new tunes. Bob Dylan's ramblin' shoes lead to a less restless farewell, as the album closes with 'Wedding Song' - Crowe's sweetest, rootsiest, love song to date. The interpretations on this collection are: 'Time After Time' - originally a hit for that most unusual girl, Cyndi Lauper - Allison, a child of the '80s gives her impassioned take, live (Scott LittleJohn recording this, the same night as 'Angels'); 'Running for Home', is a cover of the Matthew Good Band, and one of the songs Allison has performed since her teens; and, by way of the Righteous Babe, Ani DiFranco, comes Allison's vocal-guitar nod to the great peace-loving bard, Phil Ochs - 'When I'm Gone'. 'Can't be singing louder than the guns when I'm gone, so I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here.' 'Ever wonder what it would have been like to listen to a gifted singer/songwriter from Saskatchewan in a small, intimate hall before she became Joni Mitchell? Don't fret the missed opportunity. There's no need to turn back the clock. Check out Allison Crowe...' ~ Robert Reid, The Record (Canada) 'Get a piece of paper and write Tori Amos in the top left hand corner. Then write Patti Smith top right, followed by Stevie Nicks and Leonard Cohen (stay with me) in the bottom two positions. Then draw diagonal lines from their names to the centre, forming a big symmetrical cross. Here is where you will find Allison Crowe's music.' ~ The Scene (Australia) 'Treat yourself to one of the mightiest talents on the singer-songwriter scene today.' ~ Bob Muller, JoniMitchell.com (USA) Tags: Allison Crowe, singer songwriter, rock, folk, jazz, pop, soul, acoustic, independent, alternative, contemporary, live, piano, guitar, lyrical, vocal, seasonal, holiday, Christmas, Beethoven, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Counting Crows, Pearl Jam, Leonard Cohen, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Chet Baker, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, John Lennon, Elton John, Bob Marley, Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Fiona Apple ***** Here's what reviewers say about Allison Crowe's newest album, 'Little Light': Allison Crowe: Little Light Thursday, May 1, 2008 by Muruch (USA) Allison Crowe's new album Little Light will be released on May 2nd. I posted a song from the new album last week and just received my advance of the CD. Though in some ways the new album plays like a sequel to This Little Bird, the inclusion of live recordings and the general organic style are closer to her awesome Live At Wood Hall collection. However, the earnest howls of the past often take a backseat in this song cycle to a more somber maturity in the vein of Joni Mitchell. If this change in style is a portent of things to come, I'll miss hearing Allison's unearthly keens rip their way out of her throat... though I understand that's the price that sometimes

 
 Tracks
 
Northern Lights
Angels
Disease
Time After Time
Little Light
Happy People
Hold Back
Choose to Be
Running for Home
When I M Gone
Wedding Song