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Allison CroweAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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listen11. Shine A Light 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
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"I love singing for people," says Allison Crowe. "It's a way to connect and share with others. Communication is crucial. Just being able to do what I do, to write and sing and perform, makes me feel not only alive, but incredibly lucky. Knowing at any moment everything could change, I don't take one second for granted."

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rubenesque Records Ltd.
  • ASIN: B00063BJC4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Crowe for Christmas It is customary among some at this time of year, to begin to issue seasonal greeting by reference to some song. Thus, to readers, I say, have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, or, to paraphrase ecumenically, a Cheery Chanukah or a Kolossal Kwanza. To help you on your way, there is the usual shower of Christmas albums. You might try CDs by Canadian icons Sarah McLachlan (Wintersong) and the Barra MacNeils (The Christmas Album II), or journey to the land of the green Christmas (mostly) for James Taylor's At Christmas, while the most unlikely source of peace and love is shock-rock heavy metallers Twisted Sister, with A Twisted Christmas. Somehow, I can't quite associate chestnuts roasting on an open fire or sleigh bells jing-a-lingling with Dee Snider and crew... But for me, the real revelation is an CD from last year that I've only just listened to. I refer to that other singer-pianist from Nanaimo, B.C., Allison Crowe. And if you haven't heard of her or, better yet, heard her, you really should. Her album is called Tidings(Rubenesque Records) and they are glad indeed. Beginning with a brief but stirring rendition of the carol It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Crowe launches into a 12-track CD that contains not a single turkey, nor any stuffing. There are other carols (Silent Night, The First Noel), but Crowe also pays tribute to the gods of rock and roll, with charming readings of the Beatles' Let it Be and In My Life, Joni Mitchell's River and the Rolling Stones' Shine a Light, fittingly and thematically concluding with Angel. Crowe's warm, natural, passionate and need I add lovely? voice are perhaps shown to best effect on another glorious standard, Leonard Cohen's magnificent and deeply spiritual quest for faith, Hallelujah. It's been sung brilliantly before by the likes of Rufus Wainright and k.d. lang, but Crowe easily holds her own in that august company. I expect much more to be heard from her. --Martin Levin, Women's Post (Canada)

What a find! Tidings is an exceptional holiday album, and Canadian Allison Crowe is a stunningly talented performer. Her voice celebrates the music with a bluesy rock-gospel intensity; her controlled vibrato, silken rasp, and powerful projection rivet your attention. This is no casual background music for your holiday party; be prepared to be amazed. For the most part, this album is all about Crowe's spectacular, unique voice and her exceptional piano playing. Given her incredible vocal power, the minimal production provides just the right showcase. She easily fills the room with soulful energy all on her own. On three tracks (#4, 10 & 11), Crowe gets some fine support from two friends on bass (David Baird) and drums (Kevin Clevette). The artist's vocal delivery is so intense, one wonders how Crowe retains the energy to provide piano accompaniment. In fact, her piano abilities are so natural--so personal--that the keyboard seems to operate as an organic extension of her body, just another 'voice' emanating from her musical soul. Somebody pinch me--the song selections here are outrageously fine--a folk rocker's paradise! To start, there are six lovely pillars of traditional holiday music (Silent Night, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, etc.) Then things truly take off--Crowe includes Joni Mitchell's River, and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah; two songs by the Beatles (the John Lennon/Paul McCartney tunes of Let It Be and In My Life, one Rolling Stones number (Shine a Light by Mick Jagger/Keith Richards), and Sarah McLachlan's Angel. Although these tracks stray from the holiday path most commonly tread, each cut relates to spirituality on its own terms, and the overall package works in grand fashion. Interestingly, although Crowe is herself an acclaimed songwriter, she has penned no holiday numbers here. Perhaps next year. The artist opens with an unadorned, a cappella presentation of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; then rolls cleanly into an intensely moving rendition of River; one of my favorite holiday tunes. When the artist sings the crystalline, sorrowful line 'I made my baby cry' you can almost feel the tears welling up inside. Crowe's wonderful Hallelujah is an absolute show-stopper. To be honest, this album is packed with highlights from stem to stern. Every song radiates sincerity, creative flair, and emotional intensity. No doubt about it--Tidings is one of the best holiday albums this year. If you crave folk/rock music that speaks from the heart, invite Allison Crowe into your home this Christmas season. She's sensational! --Carol Swanson, (USA)

The Yuletide find of the year goes to Nanaimo-based singer/songwriter Allison Crowe for Tidings. What makes the album so wonderful is not only Crowe's powerfully soulful vocals and accomplished piano playing, but the inspired repertoire spanning traditional six carols and contemporary songs with a spiritual dimensions. Joining such beloved carols as Silent Night and In the Bleak Winter are Joni Mitchell's River, Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, Lennon and McCartney's Let It Be and In My Life, Jagger and Richard's Shine a Light and Sarah McLachlan's Angel, all of which make for an absolutely stunning seasonal album that can be enjoyed year-round. In keeping with the simplicity, elegance and intimacy of the season, all but two tracks feature Crowe accompanying herself on piano, with a bass and drums added on two tracks. Following so closely after Secrets, released on Crowe's own label a few months ago, Tidings confirms the arrival of a recording artist who has what it takes to climb to the highest echelons of Canadian, if not international, pop music. --Robert Reid, The Record (Canada)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful...everything November 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
wonderful album. pretty much her voice + a piano producing great music. throws a little pop/jazz into classics, yet she doesn't totally profane the music such as so many modern renditions of old favorites do. (i mean, some of staci orrico's covers seem like they took the old songs, ripped em apart, set em to a bunch of synthesizers, drums, and guitars. not so with allison crowe) she has an incredibly powerful voice, and the piano parts are also well arranged. sometimes, however, she does fall into the pit of going overboard with the "remake" part of remaking the classics. anyway, it is a wonderful album, moving, peaceful, sublime, a fresh breath of good ol' christmas time air, and a should-be classic.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice! December 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is a wonderful addition to your CD collection if you have a love/hate relationship with seasonal music. The covers are good, but the holiday songs are where Crowe really shines. I discovered Crowe's "O Holy Night" purely by accident, and couldn't be more thrilled. I play this album at work, and people are constantly asking me who the artist is. I highly recommend it!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable January 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Absolute perfection. She is one of the rare few who possess a voice such as this - not just technically moving, but there is no doubt that it's her soul singing. Thank you, Amazon, for introducing me to her music. Allison Crowe's voice not only gives me chills but leaves me breathless as well. It's a shame that talent such as this gets so little attention while at the same time we're inundated with singers who can't sing and other such crap. I can't wait for her next album.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a glorious, stirring, collection November 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Everything works with this song collection. It's the most moving "Christmas" album I've heard in decades.

The versions of traditional songs are marvellous. And with some of these well-worn carols it's not easy being original. Still, Allison Crowe pulls it off, and makes her take on "Silent Night", "The First Noel" and "What Child Is This" instant favorites. "O Holy Night" really rocks.

Crowe's renditions of the secular, rock and pop, songs on the album are equally magnificent. Her Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell interpretations are definitive and she manages to bring something new even to the Beatles songs!

It's a great record year-round and particularly wonderful at this time.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunningly beautiful November 16, 2005
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Allison Crowe succeeds in spectacular, inspired, fashion with this highly original approach.

She's gathered together songs of the season that reflect thoughtfulness and spirituality well outside the standard.

Without the sort of polish normally heard on holiday records, Crowe's natural vocals and piano accompaniment are truly stunning.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allison Crowe - Watch Her Rise To The Top February 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Allison Crowe is on her way. I downloaded some of her music here on Amazon, visited her website and wondered where she had been hiding. Allison's music is soulful and full of passion. If you like Norah Jones, you will love Allison. I hear Allison is working on a new CD. I am betting it will be dynamite! WATCH FOR IT!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden little masterpiece May 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The versions of traditional songs are very good. I think she has a very good voice. This is a nice simple clean album. It is built on talent and passion. Sometimes it reminds me a little of Cher on the more upbeat songs and a bit like Norah Jones on the softer pieces. This is a hidden little masterpiece.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moved. March 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Received this as a gift over the holidays, and wow.... just, wow. Allison's singing is remarkable in a way that is difficult to put to words. There's an essence to her singing, a vitality that you can appreciate only in the experience. It hit me while sitting in a candle-lit living room on a cold night sipping tea with my lover, and finding that we both were suddenly moved nearly to tears by this great CD. (Yes, I'm referring here to the hauntingly good rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah").

The song selection is great (doesn't hurt that Allison's included "In My Life" -- one of my favorite Beatles songs), and this has certainly made it into my stack of favorites. Buy it. You won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice CD, and I enjoy listening to it.
Published 3 months ago by Linda Cooper-smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Allison Crowe!
This is my favorite of her cds. It's peaceful, warm, beautiful. I listen to it often at Christmas time. My personal favorites are: River, Hallelujah, and Let it Be. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. Demers
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical voice that takes you to a different place
I absolutely love this CD and will wear it out from listening to it so often! It is Christmas-themed but, I believe you can listen to it just about any time when you're in a... Read more
Published on December 24, 2012 by Christine Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good find
I got this for my Pastor because he did a sermon about how he keeps ordering cd's with the December 's Bleak Midwinter, but when he gets it the 2nd and what he says is the most... Read more
Published on December 9, 2012 by Janet Lee Goss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to Christmas Collection!
Tidings makes a wonderful addition to a Christmas collection. Strong and emotional renditions of "River" and "Hallejujah" are arguably the best there are!
Published on December 25, 2010 by Javert
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Moving--
Alison Crowe's singing moves me. I feel it deep inside my heart when she sings "Halleluia",River, and others on the Tidings album. Read more
Published on September 25, 2010 by M. J. Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars a vital talent
It's refreshing to hear such an authentic voice. Allison Crowe's passion and conviction shines on every song track. Tidings is an one-of-a-kind creation. Read more
Published on July 28, 2009 by Hollis R
3.0 out of 5 stars Merry Christmas, or Something
This is an odd collection of Christian carols, one secular Christmastime song (Joni Mitchell's much-covered "River"), and several other songs with potentially religious references,... Read more
Published on July 1, 2009 by R. Berman
5.0 out of 5 stars Optimal delivery
It really was a super-quick delivery, within 6 days it arrived in the Netherlands, great service. I was looking for this cd for a long time, and here it was finally. Thanks a lot.
Published on June 28, 2009 by Eve
4.0 out of 5 stars good tidings from Allison Crowe
I really enjoyed this cd. She's an overlooked performer who brings a female perspective to formerly 'men's songs' - Hallelujah, Let It Be, and her version of River I prefer to the... Read more
Published on May 25, 2009 by Marian Goodich
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