Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe continues her Newfoundland Vinyl traditional folk series with the release of Newfoundland Vinyl 3. Allison gives new meaning to the word multi-tasking by once again arranging, performing, producing and engineering a collection of traditional Canadian and Celtic folk songs from the local theatrical production for which she serves as Musical Director. Following is my review of the album along with several mp3s, including three songs premiering here on Muruch.com…
Curated by Muruch.com, this spectacular, career-spanning collection features Allison Crowe’s most magnificent original songs as well as her mesmeric interpretation of “Hallelujah” and other classic covers. Muruch.com also created the album’s cover art from photographs taken by our Editor in Newgrange, Ireland.
Muruch first introduced you to Romanian-born, Scotland-based singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo two years ago as part of our Surfacing series. Lizabett was one of our more memorable undiscovered artists and her new debut full-length, Running With the Wolves, more than lives up to the extraordinary potential we heard in those first three songs.
From the haunting opener “You May Go Further and Find Worse” through softer folk ballads like “Surrender” and more quirky delights like “Love Me No Matter What,” Running With the Wolves is a nonstop surprise and pleasure.
Lizabett’s supernatural voice is as multi-faceted and multi-genre as her intricately orchestrated music. She can cram the vocal styles of Sia, Melody Gardot, My Brightest Diamond, Regina Spektor and Joan Baez into a single note, particularly in the moody ballad “I’ve Been Waiting” and the gorgeous finale “River Bridge.” Not mention the mindblowingly wide range of songs she’s covered live.
Lizabett Russo’s debut album, Running With the Wolves, is an exquisite collection of some of the most beautiful and innovative songs ever recorded.
Muruch is now a surly teenager. While the original site was created in 1999, it was in July, 2000 that I began posting “Muruch mp3s” to share new music with friends. If you’re interested in the site’s convoluted history, you can read the saga on the About page. We have a lot of things planned to celebrate Muruch‘s 15th anniversary – starting with today’s official launch of the Muruch.com for RAINN fundraising campaign and benefit album. And, of course, Muruch wouldn’t be Muruch without plenty of Allison Crowe…