Allison Crowe : Spiral

CD [Cover Art for Allison Crowe / Spiral] Your Price: $16.53
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Sell date: 3/2010
Label: CD Baby
Mfg's Catalog#: 5637605
CDC Part#: 1471685
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 Notes & Reviews
 
A collection of music from Allison Crowe is like a feast where 'all hearts open and all wines flow' - to lift from the poet Rimbaud. Over a decade of reviews, the word most often used to describe the voice of Allison Crowe is 'gorgeous'. The word that testifies more than any other to her musical performance is 'amazing'. This month, the much-loved and acclaimed singer-songwriter releases 'Spiral', her seventh album/CD. It is both of these things. And plenty more. U.S.-based entertainment blog 'Muruch' earlier this year named it as an album most highly anticipated, and, now, UK music blog 'We Write Lists' includes 'Spiral' as one of 'The Twelve Most Exciting Albums of 2010', remarking: 'Crowe's speciality is startlingly beautiful piano-based songs that sort of make you wonder why you bother with anything else.' (Joining Crowe on the list are new recordings from: Fleet Foxes, Fyfe Dangerfield, Girls Aloud, Goldfrapp, Gorillaz, Joanna Newsom, Marina and the Diamonds, Massive Attack, MGMT, Music Go Music and She and Him.) For Allison Crowe, a peerless live performer, and a singer-songwriter of the thrilling calibre known in the 1960s, Spiral is the seventh release from her label, Rubenesque Records, in as many years. Musical production wrapped on Valentine's Day. Spiral contains eight of Crowe's original songs, ranging from the tender and playful country/roots of 'Dearly', to the upbeat pop of 'Double-Edged Swords', 'cross the loving 'Oceans', and darker terrain of 'I Don't Know' and the hard rocking title track. Raw, natural, emotion is embraced passionately with elegiac beauty and melody in these, and such joy-filled tunes as 'Going Home Tonight' and 'No Matter the Battle'. With the live track, 'Wake Up', Crowe, again, renders the personal universal, and the global, human. Uniquely known not just as one of the most exciting songwriters of a new generation, Crowe is also one of our finest interpreters of popular song. Spiral's mix of light and shadow includes a trio of fresh covers - revisiting music of Annie Lennox ('Why'), Leonard Cohen ('Chelsea Hotel No. 2'), and Hunters and Collectors' Antipodean anthem, 'Throw Your Arms Around Me'. On this new song collection, the bi-coastal Canadian, (she calls Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Nanaimo, British Columbia, home), is joined by ideally-skilled and sympathetic west-coast musicians Billie Rocha-Woods (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Dave Baird (bass, backing vocals), Laurent Boucher (percussion), Brendan Millbank (cello) and Larry Anschell (electric guitar, and, also, Engineer/Producer at Turtle Studios in White Rock, B.C.) Kayla Schmah, Los Angeles-based, Canadian-born, composer and film scorer, orchestrates and produces the album with, yes, 'gorgeous' musical textures, and cinematic ideas artfully brought to life. Concert capturings by Engineers B.R.N. (aka Condor) and John MacMillan complete this diverse mix of music made in Corner Brook, Nanaimo, as well as Chilliwack, White Rock, Denman Island and Salt Spring Island, Canada, Vienna, Austria, and Hollywood, USA. The visual art of Spiral matches it's aural beauty - with cover paintings by Netherlands-based Tara Thelen, photographs by Canada's Billie Rocha-Woods, and California's Dan Goldwasser, fontage from Brazil's Billy Argel and graphic design by Florida's Alix Whitmire. *** Here's what reviewers say about Allison Crowe's 'Spiral': April 14, 2010 Muruch (USA) ALLISON CROWE: Spiral Allison Crowe's new CD Spiral finally arrived! I posted mp3s from it last November and last month, and the entire album was released digitally on March 17th. But the physical release was delayed due to printing issues, so I didn't receive my copy until this week. It was well worth the wait. Spiral is Allison Crowe's best album since Live at Wood Hall (one of my Best of the Decade picks), and is possibly her best studio album ever. Spiral is a prime example of why I will always prefer physical albums over digital ones. The beautiful gold and silver embossed cover has a lovely peacock painting by Tara Thelen. Cover art and liner notes enhance

 
 Tracks
 
Dearly
Double-Edged Swords
Chelsea Hotel No. 2
Wake Up [Live] [Live]
Oceans
I Don't Know
Spiral
Throw Your Arms Around Me
Why
Going Home Tonight
No Matter the Battle
Silence
Throw Your Arms Around Me [Version 2] [Version]
Why [Version 2] [Version]