Allison Crowe Mp3s (Download Page)
My new musical obsession is Allison Crowe. She’s one of those artists that I’ve seen mentioned for years but never got around to listening to until recently. And now I’m addicted. Fortunately, her above linked site provides numerous mp3s to feed such an addiction.
Allison is another piano girl. If she had a weaker voice, she would be Charlotte Martin. If she had a bit more pizzaz, she’d be Fiona Apple. Instead, she’s somewhere in between. Kind of like a more palatable Nicki Jaine. Anyway, however you want to describe her sound, it’s really good. Her piano playing is solid, but her voice has such an unusual and alluring purr, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about that voice. And it’s quite a voice.
I’m especially impressed with her cover of “Hallelujah.” It’s a very tough song for artists to cover. Most modern artists don’t seem to grasp that. There are tons of mediocre covers of the tune floating about. I love Damien Rice and I didn’t even like his cover of it. For me, there are only two truly great versions of the song. Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley. Buckley especially just blew the song to pieces and every artist after him has tried and failed to put it back together. Until now.
Allison Crowe manages to pump “Hallelujah” full of all the soaring vocals and raw emotion that it requires. And the result is a big beautiful lump in the throat.
She has several other strong covers, such as Janis Joplin’s “Me & Bobby McGee” (another hard cover to nail), Counting Crows’ “Raining In Baltimore,” Ani Difrano’s “Independence Day,” Sarah Mclachlan’s “Angel,” Joni Mitchell’s “River,” “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables, “In My Life” by The Beatles, and “Playboy Mommy” by Tori Amos (with a cute fangirl intro).
I also recommend her original songs “By Your Side”, “Sea of a Million Faces”, “Crayon and Ink”, “Pray For Rain”, “Disease”, “Midnight,” though there’s not a bad song to be found on that page.