Allison Crowe’s definitive Leonard Cohen cover, “Hallelujah,” and her haunting choral rendition of Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” are featured on the Muruch.com Presents Allison Crowe album.
I won’t pretend to be unbiased here. Allison Crowe has been Muruch’s musical mascot for over a decade now and we at Muruch are thanked in the liner notes of her new double album, Introducing/Heirs + Grievances. So obviously I was excited and predisposed to love this album before I even listened to it. Still! It’s absolutely fantastic.
The first disc of this 2-CD set is Introducing, a live concert recording with lots of bubbly banter from Allison and a full set of songs performed with her new band.
The second disc, Heirs + Grievances, is a studio-recorded album by Allison and the band. Heirs + Grievances is a gorgeous, full circle showcase of Allison’s growth as a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her extraordinary voice is unrestrained and beautifully accompanied by her bandmates.
Allison and her band’s choral rendition of “Tarry Trousers” is a standout with an almost Medieval folk tone, akin to Medieval Baebes (whom I love).
The final three tracks of the albums are the most capitivating and I’m happy to premiere the free, authorized mp3s below.
This new band rendition of “Words” is even more powerful than the Heavy Graces solo version. I may have cracked a rib gasping in awe when Ally roars “I am so angry!”
Then she split me like a wishbone with the volatile vocal finale of “Lisa’s Song.” It’s Allison at her very best, delving into the rich depths of her lower register then unleashing a banshee wail.
Allison masterfully uses her voice as an agile, spiralling instrument in the finale “Silence.” Her astounding, aerodynamic flourish at the end of the song enters operatic realms.
Muruch.com’s RAINN benefit album & fundraising campaign will end New Year’s Eve, so you only have 1 day left to donate $10 (or more) at directly to RAINN.org and receive this magnificent 25-mp3 album!
Muruch.com for RAINN features: Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, The Dresden Dolls’ frontwoman and Art of Asking author Amanda Palmer, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, My Brightest Diamond, The Mynabirds, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Meursault, Elysian Fields, Pamela Means, Fisher, Catie Curtis, Anielle Reid, Heidi Saperstein, Hannah Fury and poets Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor, and Clementine von Radics.
20 Beth May: The Family Arsonist (poetry)
19 Wolf Alice: My Love is Cool
18 Elise Cabrét (EP)
17 Anielle Reid: Ain’t Like Them (EP)
16 Kat Robichaud & The Darling Misfits
15 Dengue Fever: The Deepest Lake
14 The Innocence Mission: Hello I Feel the Same
13 Darlingside: Birds Say
12 Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi: Cold Moon
11 Hayley Cannon: Who Are You
10 Allison Crowe: Sylvan Hour
9 Alessia Cara: Know It All
8 Chris Stapleton: Traveler
7 Andra Day: Cheers to the Fall
6 Rhiannen Giddens: Tomorrow is My Turn
5 Lizabett Russo: Running With the Wolves
4 V V Brown: Glitch
3 Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe
2 Muruch.com for RAINN benefit album
Donate $10 (or more) at Muruch’s RAINN.org fundraising page to receive the free 25-mp3 album.
1 Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher’s Daughter
I debated including the Muruch-curated albums, but they are truly the two albums I have listened to most frequently and loved most intensely this year. Besides, it’s the artists and their music that make them so undeniably spectacular. I was just the DJ. That being said, every time I’ve been asked during the year what I think my #1 album of 2015 would be, my immediate answer has been: “Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter.” I love it more with each listen and it has the timelessness of the greatest classic albums.