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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.

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.

Good news for open standards

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The next version of Firefox (which will be 3.5, and not 3.1) will support Ogg Vorbis audio and Ogg Theora video out of the box, no plug-ins required:

Firefox 3.1 will ship with built-in support for the Ogg Vorbis and Theora formats—open audio and video codecs that are believed to be unencumbered by patents. The actual codec implementations are integrated directly into the browser itself, so content in those formats will be playable without requiring any external components or plugins.

It will be a welcome relief not to have to deal with FlashPlayer’s boneheaded MP3-only approach.

Written by [IMH]

9 March 2009 at 3:55 pm