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…
By now most Muruch readers have heard Allison Crowe’s cover of “Hallelujah,” as we’ve had the privilege of posting her gorgeous, definitive version of the Leonard Cohen song many times over the years. The song is now available for streaming on Allison’s SoundCloud page. It was Allison’s YouTube video of “Hallelujah” that first caught the attention of Man of Steel director Zach Snyder and landed our favorite Canadian singer-songstress a role in the new Superman movie. It boggles the mind why the film’s studio didn’t put Allison’s cover of “Ring of Fire” on the movie’s soundtrack or at least release it as a single. Check out the “Hallelujah” stream and video” below. And you can still download several new mp3s in my rave review of Allison’s new album, NewFoundland Vinyl.
I really wanted to hate this album, or at least feel indifferent enough to ignore it. I tried, really I did. I didn’t even listen to the unrequested advance promo I received. Then a second promo arrived from Jones’ record label, so I thought I’d see how bad it is while I mopped the kitchen floor. I still can’t believe I like a Tom Jones album. The man best known to my generation for his vomit-inducing cover of Prince’s “Kiss” and even more atrocious dance hit “Sexbomb” has recorded what I must admit is a twisted, bluesy and actually quite good Americana album. A collaboration with producer Ethan Johns, the album was recorded in Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio and features covers by such artists as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and The Low Anthem.
The weird, Western noir isn’t quite Nick Cave, the blues wailers aren’t quite Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and the reflective old man country songs aren’t quite Johnny Cash, but you can hear those influences in several songs and they definitely suit Jones’ voice. And there’s no denying the instrumentation on the album is superb.
Highlights are Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song” (the video of which you can watch below), Tom Waits’ “Bad As Me,” Joe Henry’s “All Blues Hail Mary,” “Hit or Miss,” and Blind Willie Johnson’s “Soul of a Man.” The album also includes a cover of The Low Anthem’s “Charlie Darwin.”
So yeah, judge me if you must, but I like a Tom Jones album.
Muruch’s musical mascot Allison Crowe has recorded another exquisite cover song, this time of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on a Wire.” Born of her work with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the song is a perfect fit for Allison’s lovely voice. You can download the free, legal mp3 below…
A stream of Leonard Cohen’s new song, “Going Home,” premiered today on The New Yorker. The lyrics of the song will be published in the January 23rd issue of The New Yorker and the song will be included on Cohen’s upcoming studio album, Old Ideas. The album will be released on January 31st.