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Tidings: CD Review
Teri McIntyre, Empowerment4Women
November/December 2004

If you are looking for something a little different this year in terms of a Christmas album, Tidings by Allison Crowe certainly fits the bill. This e.p., composed of covers of traditional and modern seasonal hymns, is a wonderful addition to the more obvious fare people choose to play at that time of the year.

For traditional tracks, Crowe begins with the classic "Silent Night," rendering its delicate structure with a deep warmth and spirit. The same goes for "O Holy Night." "In The Bleak of Winter" sports a more pop arrangement that is equally inviting.

For modern tracks, Crowe creatively selected three imaginative tracks. She wraps her impressive vocals around the Leonard Cohen favorite "Hallelujah" to create a thunderously moving aural experience. Next, Crowe tackles The Rolling Stones "Shine A Light," a track from their Exile On Main Street album. She brings forth a powerful sense of redemption from the lyrics that is highly engaging. Rounding out the album is a "live off the floor" rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s maudlin "Angel." Crowe manages to give the song a refreshing, blown-out emotional take that, for some, may surpass the original.

Crowe may have intended the album to be a seasonal experience, but the great arrangements and her memorable vocals make Tidings an album worthy of repeated play all year round.