The songs in Allison Crowe’s Spiral will take you on a rough winding road through different emotions, joy and weariness, to name just two. Variety is the best feature of this album as it offers a little bit of country, a little bit of rock, and a little bit of pop. The best part, without a doubt, is the emotionally-packed, powerful big vocals of Allison Crowe.
Allison Crowe has been known as a performer-songwriter who delivers great quality music and she does not disappoint in her latest album.
“No Matter the Battle” is one of my favorites among the eight new songs in Spiral. Another favorite is the live track, “Wake Up,” which I feel is only a mild taste of Crowe’s authentic vocal chops.
Spiral contains three fresh covers – Annie Lennox (“Why”), Leonard Cohen (“Chelsea Hotel No. 2”), and Hunters and Collectors’ “Throw Your Arms Around Me”. (These composers do not release under CC license, and so these three songs are not included in the free album.)
The other brilliant artists behind Spiral are: Billie Rocha-Woods (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Dave Baird (bass, backing vocals), Laurent Boucher (percussion), Brendan Millbank (cello) and Larry Anschell (electric guitar). Anschell was also Spiral’s engineer/producer at Turtle Studios in White Rock, B.C.
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