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A soul-rending voice

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Allison Crowe is a Canadian singer and pianist, and if you listen to any of the songs on this album, you will quickly see that her voice and her musicality are amazing. Yes, she tends toward the very depressing, so you have to be in the right mood to listen to her, but that only means that her talent is all the more affecting.

At this point, I still haven’t listened to the lyrics closely, but that doesn’t really matter to me at the moment. There are three songs in particular that clutch at my heart — “Northern Lights”, “Little Light”, and “Disease”, which is a live performance and just stunning, a sledgehammer of emotion.

“Disease” is supposed to be some sort of social commentary, and its the song whose lyrics I’ve paid the least attention to, in part because of that. But listen to that piano. Listen to the tones of Miss Crowe’s voice. Whatever political agenda she brings to this song, she also brings ten tons of soul-ache, which makes up for whatever agenda the song might have.

Again, this is Jamendo, so the download is free. And as usual, I recommend the OGG Vorbis files over the MP3. I’ve listened to both, and the Ogg files are just a bit sharper. Miss Crowe is one of Jamendo’s biggest artists, so all her albums are well seeded in BitTorrents.

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  1. Do you ever listen to Neko Case? She popped up on the ipod the other day on the plane. If you like girl singers, I bet you’d like her.

    Scott

    9 May 2009 at 10:11 am


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A soul-rending voice

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Allison Crowe is a Canadian singer and pianist, and if you listen to any of the songs on this album, you will quickly see that her voice and her musicality are amazing. Yes, she tends toward the very depressing, so you have to be in the right mood to listen to her, but that only means that her talent is all the more affecting.

At this point, I still haven’t listened to the lyrics closely, but that doesn’t really matter to me at the moment. There are three songs in particular that clutch at my heart — “Northern Lights”, “Little Light”, and “Disease”, which is a live performance and just stunning, a sledgehammer of emotion.

“Disease” is supposed to be some sort of social commentary, and its the song whose lyrics I’ve paid the least attention to, in part because of that. But listen to that piano. Listen to the tones of Miss Crowe’s voice. Whatever political agenda she brings to this song, she also brings ten tons of soul-ache, which makes up for whatever agenda the song might have.

Again, this is Jamendo, so the download is free. And as usual, I recommend the OGG Vorbis files over the MP3. I’ve listened to both, and the Ogg files are just a bit sharper. Miss Crowe is one of Jamendo’s biggest artists, so all her albums are well seeded in BitTorrents.

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  1. Delighted you feel as you do about Allison Crowe’s music.

    fyi, I serve as manager to Allison – and, can assure you, there need be no worry. She has no agenda other than expressing herself through music.

    Thanks for digging it.

    Adrian

    10 May 2009 at 2:56 am


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