“Heavy Graces” is out now.
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.
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
"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.
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.
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