“Words” by Allison Crowe is my favorite song of 2013, so much so I was inspired to make a video for it. I’m pleasantly shocked to say Allison approved of my video enough to add it to her official YouTube channel. Featured on Heavy Graces, Allison’s second album released this year, “Words” showcases Allison’s fierce vocals as well as her newly acquired fiddle skills. I originally envisioned a video showing a couple’s turbulent break up to match the song’s angry lyrics, but George Hodan‘s somber series of photographs inspired me to depict a deeper grief – the loss of a child. Whatever the visual interpretation of “Words,” there’s an undeniable and quite remarkable intensity of emotion in Allison Crowe’s song. You can view the exclusive premiere of Muruch’s video for Allison Crowe’s “Words” and also download a free, legal mp3 of the song below…
Allison Crowe continues her video series homage to Buster Keaton’s silent film, The General, with her videos for “Control” and “Dissolve.” Both tracks are from her new album, Heavy Graces. You can watch the videos below and my album review post for more videos and to download a free, legal mp3.
Allison Crowe continues her video series homage to Buster Keaton’s silent film, The General, with her new video for “Words.” You can watch the video below and download a free, legal mp3 of the song in my review of Allison’s new album, Heavy Graces (click title for review, mp3 and more videos).
Allison Crowe continues rolling out videos from her new album, Heavy Graces (click title for review, mp3 and more videos). The latest, which you can view below, is for the track “You All Haunt Me” and features more footage from the Buster Keaton silent film, The General.
To celebrate today’s release of her new album, Heavy Graces, Allison Crowe is sharing her cover of Pearl Jam’s “Better Man.” The video, which you can watch below, features footage from the classic silent film Broken Blossoms. In case you missed my rave review of the album yesterday, you can download a free, legal mp3 of the track “Words,” view other videos and stream the entire album in that post.
Allison Crowe’s new album, Heavy Graces, was released today. In case you missed my rave review of the album yesterday, you can download a free, legal mp3 of “Words” in that post and/or below. The album is now available to stream in its entirety and purchase via the Bandcamp widget below…
Allison Crowe has been a very busy girl this year. After a surprise cameo in the summer blockbuster movie Man of Steel and the release of her exquisite traditional folk covers album, Newfoundland Vinyl, Allison quickly rushed back into the studio to write, record, engineer, produce and create the cover art for her upcoming album, Heavy Graces. She only announced the album’s existence at the end of last month and Heavy Graces will be released tomorrow, October 15th, via Allison’s own Rubenesque Records.
Heavy Graces is comprised of five new, original Allison Crowe songs, a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Better Man” and two versions of Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat.”
Allison’s delving into traditional folk music for Newfoundland Vinyl seems to have influenced her own songwriting. Songs like the opener “Through These Heavy Graces” and “You All Haunt Me” layer Allison’s lovely voice over simple but heartfelt folk acoustic arrangements. You can see the premiere of the “Through These Heavy Graces” video, featuring footage from Buster Keaton’s classic film The General, below.
Though Allison apparently only took up the fiddle for the recording of this album, she already sounds like a folk fiddle pro in the standout track “Words.” What a lush piece of work that song is! There’s a touch of Celtic folk in the instrumentation, haunting backing vocals and a slow building, seething tension until Allison unleashes her wail toward the end of the song. I’m very happy to be able to premiere and share the mp3 with you below. Update: I also created and premiered a new video for “Words” on November 22, 2013 and added it to the review below.
As I wrote when we premiered the video for her choral version of “Famous Blue Raincoat,” I couldn’t imagine even someone as talented as Allison successfully matching, let alone improving, Cohen’s original or Tori Amos‘ beautiful piano rendition. Yet where Cohen took the song to a melancholy depth and Tori gave it a bittersweet wistfulness, Allison gives the song a new feeling of suspense with a slightly faster pace and choral embellishments. Her cover at times recalls the elegance of Joan Baez‘ operatic folk rendering. And, as always, Allison’s vocal is gorgeous, multi-faceted and full of emotion and grace. You can stream the track and watch the video below.
Allison’s piano makes a very welcome return on her striking cover of Pearl Jam’s “Better Man.” I’m a Pearl Jam fan, so I don’t say this lightly: Allison Crowe’s cover of “Better Man” is better than the original. You can watch the video, featuring footage from the classic silent film Broken Blossoms, below.
On those two covers as well as the captivating original “Dissolve,” Allison once again uses layers of her own voice to mimic a backing choir. It’s a technique she developed for Newfoundland Vinyl, but she seems to have perfected it on Heavy Graces.
The original song lyrics on Heavy Graces seem to deal most often with regaining control of one’s own life, venting anger at and breaking free from oppressive influences and starting fresh with integrity intact. Whether such fierce and independent themes were born from the death of a relationship or Allison’s brief brush with Hollywood, it seems our favorite independent singer-songwriter is more determined than ever to forge her own path. I predict we’ll be seeing Allison Crowe not once but twice on our best of the year list.
Allison Crowe’s upcoming album, Heavy Graces, will feature two covers of Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” and the video for the “Choral” version has just been released. The video sets Allison’s music to scenes from the classic Marlene Dietrich film, The Blue Angel. As much as I love Allison’s voice, I really couldn’t imagine any cover of “Famous Blue Raincoat” surpassing Cohen’s original or Tori Amos‘ beautiful piano rendition. Yet where Cohen took the song to a melancholy depth and Tori gave it a bittersweet wistfulness, Allison gives the song a new feeling of suspense with a slightly faster pace and choral embellishments. Her cover at times recalls the elegance of Joan Baez‘ operatic folk rendering. And, as always, Allison’s vocal is gorgeous, multi-faceted and full of emotion and grace. You can watch it below….
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Allison Crowe only announced her new album two weeks ago, but she’s already revealing the track list and setting a release date. Heavy Graces will be released on October 15th and you can view the track list, which includes not one but two covers of Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” as well as a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Better Man,” below…
Heavy Graces Tracklist
1. Through These Heavy Graces (Allison Crowe)
2. Famous Blue Raincoat (choral) (Leonard Cohen)
3. You All Haunt Me (Allison Crowe)
4. Words (Allison Crowe)
5. Better Man (Eddie Vedder)
6. Control (Allison Crowe)
7. Dissolve (Allison Crowe)
8. Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)
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Allison Crowe just released the cover art and a few teasing details about her upcoming album, Heavy Graces. The album will feature mostly new, original songs along with covers of Leonard Cohen and Pearl Jam. A release date hasn’t been set, but the album is said “to be released very soon.” As she did with her last, exquisite collection, Newfoundland Vinyl, Allison has once again taken on the roles of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer for the new album. Best known for her piano and guitar playing, Allison took up the fiddle for several songs on Heavy Graces. She’s also the mastermind behind the album’s lovely and somewhat Gothic cover art…
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