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Song of the Year 2013, Top Album Nods for Allison Crowe  ~ December 30


“The difficult I’ll do right now, the impossible’ll take a little while”. That’s pretty much always been the way of musician Allison Crowe.


This year proves ”weirdly typical” as ever for the amazing bi-coastal Canadian artist - to quote a phrase from one of 2013’s fine reviews.


In it, Crowe’s released three peerless albums (“Newfoundland Vinyl”, “Heavy Graces”, and the compilation “Songbook”), musically directed a hit theatre show (TNL’s “Newfoundland Vinyl”), saw one song recording used brilliantly in a trailer for a major independent motion picture (“Hallelujah” w. “The Pardon”), and appeared, pretty much as herself, in one of the year’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters (“Man of Steel”).


Now ‘Top Song of the Year’ nod for Allison Crowe's "Words" comes from the annual list of Muruch, the passionate and uncompromising culture blog that’s been sharing favourite albums, live performances, films and literature online since 1999.


Words”, from the album “Heavy Graces”, features, for the first time, Allison playing her Great-Grandfather’s fiddle (along with her singing, playing guitar, arranging, engineering, producing and all those things she regularly does!). A trio of songs from her "Newfoundland Vinyl" album, also released this year, are found in the Top 50: "Black Velvet Band" (12); "Men Who Die for a Living" (18); and "Skipper Billy's Wake" (28).


Artists joining Allison Crowe in the top ten picks are: Alice Boman; Trent Dabbs; Lorde; Vienna Teng; Foxygen; Imagine Dragons; MS MR; & Janelle Monae (feat. Erykah Badu). Enjoy videos and music – of “Words” and all of Muruch’s ‘Top 50 Songs’ @


The West Virginia-based blog follows the song list with its Top 25 Albums – and Allison Crowe’s two new albums this year both land in the top ten. Remarking: “The top three are really interchangeable, they are far too brilliant and too different from each other to truly rank”, Muruch slots Crowe’s “Newfoundland Vinyl” second, book-ended by Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” (#1) and Foxygen’s “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” (#3).


Crowe’s tribute to songs of her Atlantic home region contains traditional tunes, such as “Black Velvet Band” as well as interpretations of such modern classics as “The Mobile Goat Song”, (a Tom Cahill-penned hit for Joan Morrissey), Gary O’Driscoll’s elegiac “Men Who Die for a Living” and Ron Hynes’ anthemic “Sonny’s Dream”. This set, released on vinyl, “plays like a lovely, vintage collection of traditional Irish and Canadian folk ballads, lively sea chanteys and drinking songs, parlour songs and country tunes with surprising retro, girl-pop harmonies woven throughout…full of dazzling melody and such a unique charm…Allison’s voice is so strong and spectacular,” says Muruch. “It has the timeless beauty of a classic folk album.”


Heavy Graces” combines Allison Crowe’s newest original song recordings with singular covers of Leonard Cohen (“Famous Blue Raincoat”) and Pearl Jam (“Better Man”) – and this album occupies the tenth spot on the albums of the year list, as described by Muruch: “what a lush piece of work…a touch of Celtic folk in the instrumentation, haunting backing vocals and a slow building, seething tension until Allison unleashes her wail”. The complete list of top album picks – which also includes this year’s releases from Elton John, Molly Drake, Hem, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Janelle Monae and more – is available @


Here’s to a very happy, healthy, New Year – one and all!


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Click a date/line for 2013 and earlier news:




12/30 ~ Song of the Year, Top Album Nods for Allison Crowe

12/24 ~ Silent Night

12/24 ~ Superfun Year

12/23 ~ Words - Song of the Year

12/20 ~ Easy Livin', Lovin' Joy!

12/18 ~ Midnight + Swing Time

12/14 ~ What Child Is This (Greensleeves)

12/11 ~ Allison Crowe in Be-CREATIVE: Found in Translation

12/08 ~ Be-CREATIVE Covers Allison Crowe

12/06 ~ Joy!

12/04 ~ In France they kiss... AND skate on Main Street!

11/30 ~ Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet Opens "Doorway" Anew

11/29 ~ Snow on Snow

11/22 ~ Human Voices: Muruch's "Words" Video Premere

11/20 ~ Fun Universe Brings Allison Crowe’s Music Home this Holiday Season

11/12 ~ Up, Up and Away... Man of Steel flies into home theatres

11/02 ~ By Your Side + Autumn Fire

10/31 ~ Halloween Treat

10/21 ~ By Your Side + Autumn Fire

10/20 ~ "Dissolve" mash-up

10/19 ~ "Control" mash-up

10/18 ~ Allison Crowe's Timeless Voice Lifts "Heavy Graces"

10/17 ~ "Words" mash-up

10/16 ~ "You All Haunt Me" mash-up

10/15 ~ "Heavy Graces" out now

10/14 ~ "Through These Heavy Graces" mash-up

10/10 ~ "Famous Blue Raincoat" (choral)

10/06 ~ Heavy Graces Track Listing + Release Date

09/26 ~ "Through These Heavy Graces"

09/19 ~ "Snow" Ellipses Debut

09/12 ~ Allison Crowe in Triple-Billof Summer Hits

09/06 ~ East Coast Kitchen Party Spins Newfoundland Vinyl

09/05 ~ Whether I'm Wrong

09/02 ~ This Little Bird flies free

08/30 ~ Empire State

08/25 ~ Dishing on the "Man of Steel"

08/13 ~ "Canadian Music Rocks the Global Stage" reports Epoch Times

08/02 ~ "I saw rock and roll future..."

07/30 ~ Muruch + Music = Win, Win

07/26 ~ Nappin'

07/25 ~ Hail Atlanti-Con! Fantastic Forum Coming Soon to Grenfell

07/19 ~ Muruch blog shares music joy many ways

07/12 ~ "Newfoundland Vinyl" Revolution at GMTF

07/11 ~ "Sweet Forget Me Not"

07/10 ~ "Seven Old Ladies"

07/09 ~ "Tiny Red Light"

07/07 ~ "Sonny's Dream"

07/06 ~ "Black Velvet Band"

07/05 ~ Newfoundland Vinyl's "timeless beauty" praised + Man of Steel soars

07/03 ~ "Black Velvet Band"

07/02 ~ "Easy" + "Cliffs of Baccalieu"

06/28 ~ "Man of Steel" Set Pics

06/26 ~ Superman to Super Songs: Allison Crowe Changes Tack as "Newfoundland Vinyl" Sets Sail

06/25 ~ "Newfoundland Vinyl" Launch

06/17 ~ Allison Crowe's Synchronous Orbit with "Man of Steel"

06/14 ~ Songbook Salute

06/10 ~ Man of Steel - NYC After-Party

06/10 ~ Super Night of Nights - Man of Steel Premiere

06/02 ~ Up, Up and Away

05/30 ~ Superman Today

05/24 ~ Allison Crowe's Super Summer Launches with "Man of Steel"

05/17 ~ "Newfoundland Vinyl" LP Readies to Set Sail

04/26 ~ New, Vinyl, Album This Summer

04/03 ~ Tonight Will Be Fine

03/03 ~ Curtain Rises on "The Pardon"

02/25 ~ A Case of You's Blue Stroke of Genius

02/14 ~ No Matter the Battle + Le Voyage dans la Lune (Excerpt II)

02/12 ~ Going Home Tonight + Le Voyage dans la Lune (Excerpt I)

02/12 ~ How Long + Romance Sentimentale (excerpt)

02/06 ~ Crayon and Ink + Destino

02/02 ~ Secrets (That Aren't My Own) + Ménilmontant

02/01 ~ Skeletons and Spirits + Le Manoir du diable

01/30 ~ January 2013

01/13 ~ Let the sun shine in

01/06 ~ Snow

01/02 ~ Happy 2013



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