Allison Crowe’s Timeless Voice Lifts “Heavy Graces”

Heavy Graces” is out now.

It’s musician Allison Crowe’s second album of new recordings in 2013 – the releases book-ending Crowe’s cameo appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster, “Man of Steel”, and her curating and music-directing TNL’s stage production of “Newfoundland Vinyl”, an hit show at this Summer’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

On this latest collection the Canadian artist is writing, singing, playing piano, guitar, doing percussion, engineering, production, album art, and photography. And she’s picked up her Great-Grandfather’s fiddle and includes it on several tracks – adding shades of Scarlet Rivera, had the Rolling Thunder Revue sought shelter from the storm in Corner Brook, NL.

“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,” says music blog Muruch @ http://www.muruch.com/2013/10/allison-crowe-heavy-graces.html

Muruch’s review of “Heavy Graces” references, as well, “Newfoundland Vinyl”, Allison Crowe’s LP of popular and traditional songs of the island region where she’s home on the Atlantic. It’s an album which has listeners recalling Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Ryan’s Fancy, Anais Mitchell, and the McGarrigle sisters, Kate and Anna.

All told, Crowe’s released three albums so far this year: “Songbook”- an oeuvre-spanning 22-song compilation – the music of which, naturally, draws more diverse praise including comparisons with Solomon Burke, Joni Mitchell, and Modest Mussorgsky – all the while Crowe’s passionate singularity is recognized and enjoyed by critics and fans alike.

Heavy Graces“, features new songs from the pen and soul of Allison Crowe, alongside her interpretations of tunes composed by Leonard Cohen (“Famous Blue Raincoat” – in two versions) and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder (“Better Man”).

Allison Crowe delights in working with today’s film directors – this year, Tom Anton on “The Pardon”, and Zack Snyder for the Superman reboot, “Man of Steel” – and their amazing production teams.

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Via today’s digital archives, there’s now opportunity for artistry and fun to combine music and movies in timeless fashion. The songs of “Heavy Graces” are accompanied visually, in video form, by a series of excerpts from silent-era, and other classic b/w, films from directors D.W. Griffith, Josef von Sternberg, Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman.

(Album @ http://www.music.allisoncrowe.com/album/heavy-graces and via iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and all major music services online.)


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Famous Blue Raincoat (choral) – Allison Crowe (Heavy Graces)

Famous Blue Raincoat“, its composer, Leonard Cohen, says, reflects on the “tyranny” of possession — of the kind that enslaves us as women and men.

It’s territory covered here by musician Allison Crowe. (Crowe’s previously celebrated the Cohen songbook via renowned interpretations of “Hallelujah“, “Joan of Arc” and other tunes from the master songsmith.)
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Impressionistic visual accompaniment comes via film scenes from “The Blue Angel” (“Der blaue Engel” first released in Europe in 1930 saw its full North American release the following year.)

This choral rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic is the first of two versions recorded by Allison Crowe for her album “Heavy Graces“.

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Heavy Graces – Track Listing + Release Date

Heavy Graces“, Allison Crowe’s newest music is released October 15, 2013.

Here’s the track listing:

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)

Music, videos and more are rolling our way :)

Image: still from Buster Keaton’s “The General

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Through These Heavy Graces

Through These Heavy Graces” is a new song set from Allison Crowe – a recording to be released very soon. Here’s the cover art. Allison’s created plenty over the years, and with this collection she’s writing, singing, playing piano, guitar, doing percussion, engineering and production, album art, photography – and, for the first-time ever, adding fiddle to her palette!
Through These Heavy Graces - Allison Crowe - music set 2013
Maintaining a musical tradition that’s as much fun for the artist as it is for audience, alongside a batch of new original songs, Allison delivers interpretations of songs by her personal favourites – this time out, tunes from Leonard Cohen and Pearl Jam are in the mix.
Allison Crowe photo/artwork

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The Recital

Welcome the New Year on Allison Crowe’s “7 Thumbs Up” blog with The Recital :)

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