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Corner Brook singer lands two records on U.S. blog’s Best Of 2013 list

Corner Brook singer Allison Crowe has landed two of her 2013 albums on the Best of 2013 list on an American cultural blog.

Allison Crowe.

The West Virginia-based Muruch placed Crowe’s album “Heavy Graces” at No. 10 and “Newfoundland Vinyl” at No. 2, second only to “Pure Heroine” by Lorde.

The blog also selected Crowe’s “Words” from the “Heavy Graces” record as the top song of the year for its annual list of the 50 best songs of the year, which also found room for three cuts from “Newfoundland Vinyl”: “Black Velvet Band” (No. 12), “Men Who Die for a Living” (No. 18) and “Skipper Billy’s Wake” (No. 28).

“Heavy Graces” combines Crowe’s original songs with covers of Leonard Cohen and Pearl Jam, and the song “Words” features her playing her great-grandfather’s fiddle.

“What a lush piece of work,” reads the Muruch entry. “A touch of Celtic folk in the instrumentation, haunting backing vocals and a slow-building, seething tension until Allison unleashes her wail.”

“Newfoundland Vinyl” is a collection of Crowe’s interpretations of popular and tradional tunes from Atlantic Canada, including “Sonny’s Dream” by Ron Hynes.

The record, says Muruch, “plays like a lovely, vintage collection of traditional Irish and Canadian folk ballads, lively sea chanteys and drinking songs, parlour songs and country tunes with surprising retro, girl-pop harmonies woven throughout … full of dazzling melody and such a unique charm … Allison’s voice is so strong and spectacular. It has the timeless beauty of a classic folk album.”

In addition to releasing two albums of her own in 2013, Crowe released the compilation Songbook and arranged songs for “Newfoundland Vinyl: The Flip Side” as the musical director for Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s production for the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

Crowe was also seen on the big screen this year with a bit part in the Superman movie “Man of Steel,” playing a singer in the Cassidy Pub, where Superman, in his alter ego as Clark Kent, confronts drunken bargoers hassling women.

Organizations: Pearl Jam, Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, Gros Morne Theatre Festival.Crowe

Geographic location: Corner Brook, U.S., Atlantic Canada

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