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...
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.
Original songs in this set from the Canadian artist are accompanied visually by a series of excerpts from the classic silent film, "The General" -- a celebration of Buster Keaton's genius. In this episode of our music-movie mash-up, Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton) is no longer riding the rails -- he and Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack) adventure off-track.
Allison Crowe enjoys working with today's film directors -- this year, Tom Anton on "The Pardon", and Zack Snyder for "Man of Steel" -- and their amazing production teams.
Via online videos, there's now opportunity for artistry and fun to combine music and movies from an earlier era.
"Heavy Graces", an album which includes new songs from the pen and soul of Allison Crowe, alongside her interpretations of tunes composed by Leonard Cohen and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, is out now (and available everywhere - via Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon +)