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Another Gem from Allison,
This review is from: Spiral (Audio CD)
Why isn't the Canadian powerhouse singer that is Allison Crowe better known in the UK? One reason could be that the last time she rocked up at the UK to promote this album, she was deported as a suspected terrorist. I didn't realise that terrorists travelled with a grand piano, but what do I know?
What I do know is that `Spiral' is yet another wonderful album by Allison to add to the list of fine albums already in her back catalogue. Allison is known for the largely piano based output of her previous albums like the acoustic `Little Light' released in 1998, but this time she has gathered her small but select touring band around her and the effect is to fill out her sound without detracting from her own performance.
As has become standard for Allison's albums there is a majority of original material with one or two covers of others' songs. In this instance, she has covered Leonard Cohen's `Chelsea Hotel No 2' and Annie Lennox's `Why' and for me these are the highlights. It takes a certain type of artist to take another's song and have the insight to reinterpret it in a way that makes you see another side to the song.
This album shows yet again what a sensitive interpreter she is. `Why' in particular is a tour de force performance giving the song a spine tingling sheen. And this is where I find myself wondering what direction her career might take. Left to me, I'd say that in view of her special talent, she should reorganise the content of her albums and increase the number of covers, but that's just my preference.
In any event, this is another fine album and comes with an unconditional recommendation. Go check it out.