Album Review: Live at Wood Hall by Allison Crowe

Album Name: Live at Wood Hall
Artist: Allison Crowe
Year/Label: 2005 / Rubenesque Records LTD

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

If you’ve been a reader for this site for a while, you know that I’ve reviewed Allison’s music many times. She is on the first artists ever showcased here and as it turns out, in some instances I’ve been the first reviewer to review a certain CD or song. So she’s definitely a Collected Sounds favorite. I’m not really sure that I can say anything new that I haven’t already said about Allison. She’s amazing.

This recording gives us a chance to see what Allison is like in front of an audience…how she interacts with them, and how she still does not miss a note. That voice is just as crystal clear and spot on as it is on any studio recording.

One of my favorites moments is her cover of Ani DiFranco’s “Independence Day”. She actually does quite a few covers here. Many songs by Jerome Kern, a Counting Crows tune, John Lennon’s “Imagine” and something for you bluesy rock folks: a cover of Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee” and her voice is perfect for it. Funny, I can’t stand Joplin (I know, you want to take away my Female Musician Evangelist card), but I like it when Allison is doing it, even though she sounds very much like Joplin. Go figure!

But most of the other songs are written by Allison and they’re just as good, if not better than the covers. My favorites are: There Is, Sea of a Million Faces, Whether I’m Wrong, Crayon & Ink (which was also on a previous release)

This is a great way to get acquainted with the lovely Allison Crowe if you are not already. If you are, well, then you will have to have this to round out your collection.

Posted on August 9, 2005

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. There Is
2. By Your Side
3. Immersed
4. Independence Day
5. Sea of a Million Faces
6. Fire
7. What About You
8. Bill
9. Whether I’m Wrong
10. In Love In Vain
11. A Murder of One
12. Believe Me If All
13. Crayon and Ink
14. How Long
15. Running
16. Pray for Rain
17. Playboy Mommy
18. Finally
19. Disease
20. Secrets
21. I Dreamed A Dream
22. Imagine
23. Me and Bobby McGee

[Allison Crowe Official Site]


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