No Matter the Battle

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    ♫ 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. Concert capturings by Engineers B.R.N. (aka Condor) and John MacMillan complete this diverse mix of music made in Corner Brook, Nanaimo, as well as Chilliwack, White Rock, Denman Island and Salt Spring Island, Canada, Vienna, Austria, and Hollywood, USA.

    The visual art of Spiral matches its aural beauty - with cover paintings by Netherlands-based Tara Thelen, photographs by Canada's Billie Rocha-Woods, and California's Dan Goldwasser, fontage from Brazil’s Billy Argel and graphic design by Florida's Alix Whitmire.
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lyrics

No Matter the Battle

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

I still hold secrets
I thought that was over
They’re still with me
Yeah, they’re still there

And I’ve walked backwards
And fallen down so many times
It seems like the truth
Is fatally attracted to me

But I can’t see
And I can’t feel
But I still don’t know why

And I believe now that you are with me
And I have heard you say
That you will love me anyway
No matter the battle

And I’ve exploded
Into pieces and shattered
These frames and phrases
As tears burst through

And I’ve tried to hold them
to me so tightly
I felt I couldn’t breathe
more times than you could believe

And I can’t see
And I can’t feel
But I still don’t know why

And I believe now that you are with me
And I have heard you say
that you will love me anyway
No matter the battle

So here you stand now
You’re still beside me
And I still hold you
And will, ’til I can’t see

‘cause if you’ll hold the light
I’ll wade through the depths
and breathe for you
if you will fly for me

But I can’t see
and I can’t feel
but I still don’t know why

and I believe now
that you are with me

and I have heard you say
that you will love me anyway
no matter the battle

And I still hold secrets
I thought that was over

And you’re still with me
Yeah, you’re still there

credits

from Spiral, released March 17, 2010
Allison Crowe - voice, piano, engineer
Billie Woods - guitar
Dave Baird - bass
Laurent Boucher - percussion
Larry Anschell - engineer
Kayla Schmah - orchestrator, string arranger, producer

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