Tuesday, April 20, 2010

 

Allison Crowe

 

Spiral (Independent)

 

West Coast singer-songwriter-pianist-guitarist Allison Crowe’s Spiral follows a familiar pattern, a pattern that works wonderfully well.

 

Her seventh album features a collection of original songs complemented by a couple of inspired covers — in this case, Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel (following the success Crowe has enjoyed with her rendition of Cohen’s Hallelujah) and Annie Lennox’s Why.

 

As a vocalist Crowe doesn’t shy away from emotion and producer Kayla Schmah’s lush arrangements provide an ideal setting.