Joseph Blake, The Times Colonist (Canada)
Sunday, December 19, 2004
What would the Christmas
season be without a new crop of recordings? The bins are overflowing
with seasonal CDs, but three of this year’s output really stand
Young Nanaimo pop diva
Allison Crowe’s recently released Tidings collects
surprisingly moving versions of traditional Christmas favourites
such as Silent Night, In the Bleak Midwinter, It
Came Upon a Midnight Clear, The First Noel and O Holy
Night and truly transcendent versions of Joni Mitchell’s River
and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Crowe not only makes these Canadian treasures her own, she does almost as much with Lennon and McCartney’s In My Life and Let It Be, the Stones’ Shine a Light and Sarah McLachlan’s Angel.
With each recording Crowe becomes a more stunning vocalist. She's got a very big voice, and she's learning how to use it to embody a song. This high concept seasonal sampler is a triumph. Highly recommended.