Album Review: Little Light
by Allison Crowe
Album Name: Little Light
Artist: Allison Crowe
Year/Label: 2008 Rubenesque Records Ltd.
Review by Amy
Lotsberg Producer of Collected
First of all, look at that cover photo…could she be any
Secondly, I don’t really know what else I can say about
Allison Crowe that I haven’t said already in the 6 years I’ve
been reviewing her CDs and listening to her music. She’s
fantastic, I know it, you know it, and since she only gets better
as the years progress you can probably guess what I think of this
record. I am just having a hard time putting it into words.
Luckily she is more creative than I and keeps putting out great
‘Disease’ is really cool. It is very dramatic. There is
lots of banging on piano and weird rhythms. This is quite
different for her. The piano is dizzying. Several times now, while
it’s been on shuffle with others, it’s stopped me in my
tracks. This is currently my favorite track.
While I am at a loss for new adjectives, she is always coming
up with something new. Guess that’s why she writes songs and I
Another great one Ally!
Listen to track
1 Northern Lights
4 Time After Time
5 Little Light
6 Happy People
7 Hold Back
8 Choose to Be
9 Running for Home
10 When I’m Gone
11 Wedding Song
July 03, 2008
RECORD STAFF Guelph Mercury
ALLISON CROWE -- LITTLE LIGHT (RUBENESQUE RECORDS)
Allison Crowe's latest album, Little Light, is an evocative blend of
original compositions and covers.
Whether sitting at the piano or strumming the guitar, Crowe's vocals
take flight like a lark in clear air. She can keep it light and
breezy or dig deep into the social fabric in songs like Disease and
Happy People, following in the footsteps of her musical heroes Joni
Mitchell and Ani DiFranco.
Recorded in her hometown of Nanaimo, B.C., and her adopted home of
Corner Brook, N.L., Little Light is produced by Larry Anschell.
Crowe is joined by Dave Baird on bass and Laurent Boucher on
Kafé record review
- Full Moon 144
It's time for another record by the talented Allison Crowe and
I'm happy about that. Her past albums have all been stellar and this
one's no exception.
Vocally she's more restrained this time but there's no mistaking
her dynamic voice. The more acoustic sound of this album supports
her singing well. "Angels" is a live recording that has
some of Crowe's best singing and a supple melody.
"Disease" is a long, epic tune with some gorgeous piano
playing and a fabulous vocal. Crowe adds dissonant chords in the mix
and that adds a welcome tension. The Cyndi Lauper cover "Time
After Time" is done live and it really works. "Hold
Back" is softer and with a slow, unfurling melody as Crowe
sings of being restrained. The cover of Phil Ochs' "When I'm
Gone" is moving and a fitting tribute to the great Ochs
himself. This is another great album by a truly marvelous artist.
Copyright © 2008
Anna Maria Stjärnell
Thursday, May 1, 2008
's new album Little Light
will be released on
May 2nd. I posted a song from the new album last
and just received my advance of the CD. Though in
some ways the new album plays like a sequel to This
, the inclusion of live recordings and the
general organic style are closer to her awesome Live
At Wood Hall
collection. However, the earnest howls of the
past often take a backseat in this song cycle to a more somber
maturity in the vein of Joni Mitchell. If this change in style
is a portent of things to come, I'll miss hearing Allison's
unearthly keens rip their way out of her throat... though I
understand that's the price that sometimes must be paid for a
songwriter's talent to grow.
opens with "Northern Lights", a
gentle acoustic ballad that I posted last
from Allison's performance at the John Lennon
Northern Lights Festival in Durness, Scotland. Though I must
say I love when Allison belts out the big notes, there's a
quiet beauty about the tune that better serves the emotion of
the lyrics. And Crowe does let out one wail toward the end of
"Angels" and the cover of Cyndi
's "Time After Time" were recorded live in
Canada in 2006. She also tackles Matthew Good's "Running
for Home" and Phil Ochs' "When I'm Gone",
replacing the dry wistfulness of the better known Ani
rendition with her signature bleeding heart
interpretation. I believe that Allison Crowe is the only
living person - with the possible exception of Glen
- that can pour their whole being into any cover
and make it sound like an entirely new song.
The fervent, mesmeric, piano hammering extended version of
"Disease" - originally featured on Live At Wood
- is a live recording from last year. "Happy
People" begins with some wry humor, but eventually the
song becomes possessed as Allison's heartfelt cries mix with a
backing choir of voices. As I told her manager when I first
heard "Hold Back", I would chew my arm off to sing
like Allison. Though I guess that would make it difficult to
shred a piano like she does, which seems to be half the fun.
Crowe - Northern Lights
Crowe - Disease
Crowe - Hold Back
Crowe Official Site
Little Light: Album Review
Allison Crowe is one of those rare artists that
always produces stellar quality music.
She has accomplished this again with her newest offering
I just purchased this album yesterday and I already can't
stop playing it. It's
going to be on permanent rotation in my collection.
Allison is a multi-talented instrumentalist and a stunning
Light displays a different side of Allison's writing, featuring
her both on acoustic guitar as
well as piano. Allison
displays a different vocal styling when she plays guitar.
Her cover of Time After Time made famous by Cyndi
Lauper is brilliant, Running for Home by the Matthew Good
Band is exceptional, as well as Allison's own original tunes.
Her originals such as Wedding Song are absolutely
Song is one of her most poignant songs to date, some of my
favorites include: Northern Lights, Angels, Disease,
Time After Time, Hold Back and Choose to Be.
I love all the selections on this album, they
are beautiful. If
you're in to acoustic music, buy this album.
Definitely an album you want to add to your collection if
you're an Allison Crowe fan! Keep making that beautiful music,