"Music for the season... and all time”
NB This six song EP version of "Tidings" exists ONLY in digital format. For a CD containing these songs you'll find Allison Crowe's CD Baby catalogue contains "Tidings (Bonus Tracks Edition)", a 12 song CD (and digital format) album. The full-length "Tidings" contains all six songs found on this digital-only EP version plus an additional six favourites!
"Tidings" brings together traditional carols, and not-so-traditional songs, all interpreted, even redefined, through the vocal and piano artistry of Allison Crowe. It's a much-loved collection tagged "the Yule-tide find of the year" by one music critic. "Her voice celebrates the music with a bluesy rock-gospel intensity; her controlled vibrato, silken rasp, and powerful projection rivet your attention. This is no casual background music... be prepared to be amazed," says another reviewer. Tidings is popular year-round - not just during the Christmas season when it's a natural. The album's songs are recorded, live-off-the-floor, on Winter's eve in Canada by Engineer & Producer Larry Anschell, (Pearl Jam, Sarah McLachlan, k-os), who captures the magic at his Turtle Recording studio by the shore in White Rock, British Columbia.
Peace on Earth ~ goodwill toward all.
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Here's what reviewers says about Allison Crowe's "Tidings: 6 Songs for the Season":
Hallelujah! YouTube hits keep indie musicians free
Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist (Canada)
September 22, 2007
Excerpt from feature:
"It's not hard to see why Crowe's Hallelujah -- recorded in a single take -- is popular. It's one of Leonard Cohen's most affecting songs, and the 26-year-old, accompanying herself on piano, makes it her own with raw honesty and formidable vocal power. It's simultaneously heart-breaking and redemptive, and it has captured the imaginations of people around the world. 'The song itself is just so emotionally resonant,' Crowe said modestly this week."
6 Songs - EP
Allison Crowe - pick of the day/week
Record of the Day (UK)
August 3, 2004
In August, 2004, the London, England-based music industry source, Record of the Day, selected Allison Crowe's version of the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah" as its record of the day and week, telling its audience:
"Bet you thought you heard all the versions you need to hear of this song, right? Think again, because Allison Crowe has a voice to fall in love with. She is from Vancouver Island in Canada, descended from Irish and Manx stock. She's exactly the sort of artist who can make serious headway on her own label and that's just what she's doing."
(Record of the Day is a prognosticator of musical talent, and has tipped people early to such artists as Damien Rice, The Darkness, Keane and The Black Eyed Peas.)
From Fragmentation to Wholeness
Shirley Goldberg, Mo Magazine (Canada)
In the final number, Allison Crowe at the piano joined Crimson Coast's Holly Bright for a radiant, rousing, celebratory rendition of Leonard Cohen's lovely "Hallelujah," with Holly's graceful, expansive movements providing the visual corollary for Allison's full, vibrant voice, completing the circle, merging body and spirit, body and mind.
Allison Crowe: Artist Spotlight
New Songs for Peace Project (International)
"Allison Crowe may not be well-known now but this young woman has the voice and talent to be the next Alanis or Norah. The raw emotions in her hauntingly beautiful rendition of 'Angel' should convince you of her potential."
Tidings, 6 Songs+
Derrick Marr, Great White Noise (Canada)
Monday, February 9, 2004
6 Songs + is as good an introduction to an artist as you are ever going to get. Allison Crowe (vocals/piano), together with Dave Baird (electric and acoustic bass) and Kevin Clevette (drums and percussions) have recorded a CD rich with lyrical content in which Allison has managed to merge writing skills with vocals that cover every note on the scale, and probably some that aren't. Musically, the trio is as tight as any I have heard, each rendering a flawless performance.
There will be the obvious comparisons to the songs styles of Sarah McLachlan, and, in truth, there are similarities, but that in no way should be taken as meaning there is any intentional formula following. It is simply the case of two women with beautiful voices sharing a passion for a somewhat laid back, jazz based style of pop rock.
Born in Nanaimo B.C., also coincidently the hometown of Diana Krall, Allison was exposed to music from a very young age. She quickly developed a love of jazz music and by the age of 15 found herself playing to audiences up and down Vancouver Island.
Tidings is a similar listening experience, this time wrapped pleasantly in the guise of a Christmas CD. The songs selected and recorded for this disc, however, ensure that it is far more than simply something listened to once or twice a year. Combining traditional Christmas classics such as Silent Night and O Holy Night, with lesser known or thought of works such as Hallellujah, In The Bleak Midwinter and Shine A Light, and even a version of the non-Christmas, yet inspirational Sarah McLachlan hit Angel, Allison has released a CD that is a pleasure to listen to both during the Yule season and any other time of the year.
True "vocalists" are seldom stumbled across in this age of nu-metal, hip-hop, rap, or any of the other multitude of genre fragments. Sometimes it seems like the art of writing a good song is lost. In the rush to get the next all-elusive hit, many talents have fallen by the wayside and have perhaps forgotten what started them on this path in the first place. To date it seems like Allison has held true to her origins. Only time will tell if this remains the case, but personally I'm thinking there are going to be many, many more insightful and beautiful songs emerging from within the young lady from Nanaimo.
Have Yourself a Merry Diva Christmas...
Rick Dennis, At Large, Cowichan News Leader (Canada)
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
"Diva Fest was a great time. I'm very impressed with the organizers and the talent, writes artist manager Adrian du Plessis from his Saltspring Island office. "They're already talking about the next Diva Fest, and you can be sure they've learned a lot from producing this year's show!"
I met Adrian and his star client, Allison Crowe, at the Nov. 22 Cowichan Women Against Violence fundraiser at the Cowichan Theatre. Allison was one of the featured performers at the Saturday evening concert. By now, the 22-year-old Nanaimo singer/songwriter has earned enough rave reviews to wallpaper a rehearsal studio. Yet she is refreshingly free of attitude, often punctuating her sentences with a girlish giggle. Then she sits down at the piano and begins to sing and you realize what all the fuss is about. Her voice is a force of nature: bright and warm, refracting into a whole spectrum of tonal shadings like sunlight through a prism; bracing and cool, a torrent of emotion washing over the listener like summer rain.
She has just completed a Christmas CD, Tidings: 6 Songs for the Season recorded live-off-the-floor, with bandmates David Baird on bass and Kevin Clevette on drums for her own label, Rubenesque Records.
"I love music and I love Christmas, so it seemed natural to make a seasonal record," she says. "It was also fun to create something that wasn't completely traditional, and have a good mix of different songs and styles on a holiday album."
Soulful versions of Silent Night and Oh Holy Night stand under the mistletoe with the Stones album track Shine a Light (from Exile on Main Street) and Sarah McLachlan's Angel. Altogether, a very cool Yule disc.
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Monday, December 22, 2003 (Canada)
Tired of Top 40? Then consider...
Allison Crowe Band,
Tidings, 6 Songs for the Season
Continuing Allison Crowe's love affair with six songs per CD, Tidings takes a different approach to some traditional Christmas songs like O Holy Night - and a few non-traditional ones, including Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and Sarah McLachlan's Angel. Even fans of Sarah will appreciate Crowe's version of the latter. This may be the most unusual Christmas offering of the year, but possibly the most interesting.
Sing A Song of Christmas
Robert Moyes, Monday Magazine (Canada)
Thursday, December 11, 2003
Despite the best efforts of malls everywhere to ruin the joy that people find in December's festive music, there are always new recordings that try-and sometimes succeed-in giving listeners that holly-jolly Christmas feeling. Herewith is a brief tour of the very diverse sounds of the season.
If your significant other is of a certain age and uncertain taste-in particular, has with religious zeal replaced vinyl recordings of Aqualung and Thick as a Brick with CDs-then their Christmas jukebox is no doubt crying out for The Jethro Tull Christmas Album. Occasionally jazzy and even orchestral, Tull mostly follows in the faux-medieval folk-rock idiom that characterized their early (and best) albums. Unlikely to win over the uninitiated, Tull will still gladden the hearts of those ever-faithful fans who still dance to Ian Anderson's heavy metal flute.
And although the Medieval Bæbes bear the same relation to Early Music that a historical bodice-ripper does to Beowulf, they are still an entertaining and talented octet of singers with lung-revealing cleavage and a sound that evokes highly romantic images of a French castle in the Middle Ages. Their Mistletoe & Wine ranges from "The Holly & the Ivy" and "In Dulce Jubilo" to mostly 13th- and 14th-century pieces or medieval poems set to music by alpha Babe Katharine Blake. With soaring vocal harmonies grounded by the funky music of zithers, recorders, harmoniums and various percussion, these bodaceous Babes are pleasing both to eye and ear (although Maddy Prior's A Tapestry of Carols doth kick mightily their medieval butts).
The infelicitously-titled Frostbite by the ominously single-named Pavlo is, in fact, likely to have great appeal to fans of the Gypsy Kings and Ottmar Liebert. Very much in the nuevo flamenco school of hot Latin licks, Frostbite is distinguished by spicy infusions courtesy of Pavlo's bouzouki and the Ukrainian violin of Wasyl Popaduik. The endlessly
energetic Pavlo is very appealing live, but his versions of classics such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Little Drummer Boy" come off as technically accomplished but something less than soulful.
They just know how to do Christmas in the country, and Cochrane, Alberta-born superstar George Fox is in fine form on A George Fox Christmas. With his sturdy, aw-shucks baritone he delivers a mix of classics ("Silent Night," "Away in a Manger") and a few novelty songs ("Six White Boomers," "Santa Lost His Ho Ho Ho").
Meanwhile, Nanaimo's other musical muse, Allison Crowe, has just released Tidings, a tasty and often-moving six-pack of seasonal songs-and not just the usual suspects. After kicking off with Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," she calls on those least-covered of Christmas carollers-Mick Jagger and Keith Richards-via "Shine a Light," which here
shines with redemptive power. After "O Holy Night" and "In the Bleak Midwinter" for traditionalists, there's more Can-Con via Sarah McLachlan's "Angel." Simply arranged for trio and recorded "live off the floor" with Crowe's bold voice mixed way forward, this is an appealing and effective holiday offering.
Crowe on Christmas
Tom Harrison, The Province (Canada)
Tuesday, December 9, 2003
Nanaimo's Allison Crowe has recorded a six-song Christmas CD called Tidings . Crowe and her drummer and bassist do live-off-the-floor versions of the traditional "Silent Night," "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "O Holy Night" plus three other appropriately but imaginatively selected songs, Leonard Cohen 's "Hallelujah," The Stones' "Shine a Light," and Sarah McLachlan 's "Angel." It's Crowe's best-recorded work so far,
featuring soulful performances.
Allison Crowe: Tidings
Eliza Gardiner, Mind's Eye (Canada)
Good news for Alley Crowe Band fans - Crowe, bassist David Baird and drummer Kevin Clevette have released a new CD just in time for the gift-giving season. The CD features Crowe's powerful voice, this time filled with passion for peace and giving and all things holy. Crowe's version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is courageous and puts the soundtrack of Shrek to shame. Crowe's choice of tradtional songs are lovely, and her cover of "Shine a Light" brightens further an already vivid production. Even after Christmas is over, this CD will be an inspirational listen.
Tidings CD Review
Amy Lotsberg, Collected Sounds (USA)
Saturday, November 29, 2003
Well, I've been looking forward to this release since I heard about it. So when it arrived I immediately popped it into the car stereo and within moments I was close to tears. The opening track is Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". I've never heard Cohen's version, but I have heard Jeff Buckley's and I have to say it's one of the most beautiful songs ever written. I am happy to report that Allison Crowe does it justice and then some. Her voice will give you chills. If it doesn't, check your pulse, you may not be alive. It's incredibly moving.
The whole EP is beautiful. I'd never heard "In the Bleak Midwinter" before but it's gorgeous. Crowe's voice is extremely powerful and strong. I hear her and think 'how does she do that?' She's a gifted young lady for sure...
If you're looking for a good stocking stuffer for the pop piano lover on your list, this is perfect.
NB "Tidings" has now grown to full-length - 12 song - CD size, and is available here on CD Baby!