Allison Crowe
Release date
17 Mar 2010
Running length
14 tracks
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1 Dearly - Allison Crowe - Spiral 4:11 15
2 Double-Edged Swords - Allison Crowe - Spiral 2:33 10
3 Chelsea Hotel No.2 - Allison Crowe - Spiral 4:31 12
4 Wake Up (live) - Allison Crowe - Spiral 5:37 143
5 Oceans - Allison Crowe - Spiral 3:15 16
6 I Don't Know - Allison Crowe - Spiral 4:50 14
7 Spiral - Allison Crowe - Spiral 3:47 137
8 Throw Your Arms Around Me - Allison Crowe - Spiral 4:26 3
9 Why - Allison Crowe - Spiral 4:40 15
10 Going Home Tonight - Allison Crowe - Spiral 4:44 6
11 No Matter the Battle - Allison Crowe - Spiral 4:12 132
12 silence (literally, 82 seconds of) - Allison Crowe - Spiral 1:24 10
13 Throw Your Arms Around Me v2 - Allison Crowe - Spiral 4:25 11
14 Why v2 - Allison Crowe - Spiral 4:42 15

About this album

Spiral contains eight of Allison Crowe’s original songs, ranging from the tender and playful country/roots of “Dearly”, to the upbeat pop of “Double-Edged Swords”, ’cross the loving “Oceans”, and darker terrain of “I Don’t Know” and the hard rocking title track. Raw, natural, emotion is embraced passionately with elegiac beauty and melody in these, and such joy-filled tunes as “Going Home Tonight” and “No Matter the Battle”. With the live track, “Wake Up”, Crowe, again, renders the personal universal, and the global, human.

Uniquely known not just as one of the most exciting songwriters of a new generation, Crowe is also one of our finest interpreters of popular song. Spiral’s mix of light and shadow includes a trio of fresh covers – revisiting music of Annie Lennox (“Why”), Leonard Cohen (“Chelsea Hotel No. 2”), and Hunters and Collectors’ Antipodean anthem, “Throw Your Arms Around Me”.

On this new song collection, the bi-coastal Canadian, (she calls Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Nanaimo, British Columbia, home), is joined by ideally-skilled and sympathetic west-coast musicians Billie Rocha-Woods (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Dave Baird (bass, backing vocals), Laurent Boucher (percussion), Brendan Millbank (cello) and Larry Anschell (electric guitar, and, also, Engineer/Producer at Turtle Studios in White Rock, B.C.)

Kayla Schmah, Los Angeles-based, Canadian-born, composer and film scorer, orchestrates and produces the album with, yes, “gorgeous” musical textures, and cinematic ideas artfully brought to life.

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