Jul 282010
 

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There are some voices that speak (or sing) for themselves. You know the ones. Voices where it doesn’t matter what they sing. Voices where it doesn’t really matter what instruments support them. Solomon Burke has such a voice. Jeff Buckley had it. Allison Crowe has it too.

Born in British Columbia, Crowe has amassed a loyal following in Canada and Europe. The songwriter’s songwriter pure tones sound like a bell, no show-off acrobatics necessary. The amazing thing isn’t just that she performs the best version of Leonard Cohen‘s oft-covered “Hallelujah” (sorry Jeff); the amazing thing is that she does so using the same solo piano style that everyone else does. There’s nothing particularly creative about it; her voice is just that good! So throw all those other “sensitive” covers. This one’s the keeper.

Her others are equally charming. The Beatles’ “In My Life” gets the uplifting piano too, while Cyndi Lauper‘s “Time after Time” mixes it up with – wait for it – a guitar! A full band joins in for Pearl Jam’s “Indifference” and the Rolling Stones’ “Shine a Light,” but as always Crowe’s voice is the star.

Download: Allison Crowe – Shine a Light (Rolling Stones cover)

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Download: Allison Crowe – Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover)

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Download: Allison Crowe – Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover)

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Download: Allison Crowe – Indifference (Pearl Jam cover)

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Download: Allison Crowe – In My Life (The Beatles cover)

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Check out more Allison Crowe at her website or MySpace.


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  1. Thank you, Ray, for sharing your appreciation of Allison Crowe. Serving as manager to Allison, as I do, it’s a real pleasure to know how her voice and music touches people. Allison’s next tour starts tomorrow, and your blog post helps bring that joy into high focus.

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