13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like her husband Steve Earle, Allison Moorer was a powerful country singer who could never be comforted with all that Nashville had to offer. On her 2010 album, Crows, Moorer settles into a gorgeous adult-contemporary setting where her shimmering voice can add a simple grace and elegance to these songs of love and hope. “Easy In the Summertime” has a warm, soothing flow. “Still This Side of Gone” holds a sadness underneath its elevating piano chords. “Like the Rain” retains the country harmonies while its melody and arrangement explores its own sweet, sophisticated texture. Moorer learned quite a bit from her collection of covers, Mockingbird, where Nina Simone and Patti Smith received equal coverage. That adventure gave Moorer an insight into her own restless soul. She never comes close to rocking out, but the extra spring in her step for “Sorrow (Don’t Come Around)” shows her attitude is not about to take the backseat to anyone. Even the sad songs retain a defiant pride and determinism.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like her husband Steve Earle, Allison Moorer was a powerful country singer who could never be comforted with all that Nashville had to offer. On her 2010 album, Crows, Moorer settles into a gorgeous adult-contemporary setting where her shimmering voice can add a simple grace and elegance to these songs of love and hope. “Easy In the Summertime” has a warm, soothing flow. “Still This Side of Gone” holds a sadness underneath its elevating piano chords. “Like the Rain” retains the country harmonies while its melody and arrangement explores its own sweet, sophisticated texture. Moorer learned quite a bit from her collection of covers, Mockingbird, where Nina Simone and Patti Smith received equal coverage. That adventure gave Moorer an insight into her own restless soul. She never comes close to rocking out, but the extra spring in her step for “Sorrow (Don’t Come Around)” shows her attitude is not about to take the backseat to anyone. Even the sad songs retain a defiant pride and determinism.

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