The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo Region)
Arts, Saturday, September 4, 2004, p. C2
Secrets (Rubenesque Records/Festival)
Canada has no shortage of young female singer/songwriters who can belt out a song.
Add to the list Allison Crowe on the strength of her impressive solo CD debut Secrets.
Crowe's gifts as a songwriter, pianist and powerhouse vocalist will not be secrets much longer -- word is spreading fast.
When a new artist emerges, the tendency is to compare her to established artists as a context for listeners. Crowe has already attracted a long list of comparisons -- Tori Amos, Chantal Kreviazuk, Alanis Morissette all seem to me to be valid, with the proviso that Crowe is very much her own artist.
With voice and piano in the foreground, Crowe performs with a soulful poignancy, spanning pop, folk, blues and jazz. All but two of the album's 11 tracks are original with the exception of Raining in Baltimore and Leonard Cohen's Joan of Arc, both of which receive inspired versions here.
Allison Crowe has taken flight.