Crows (Rykodisc, 2010)
Reviewed by Jason MacNeil
Trekking through certain genres, such as the Sheryl Crow-ish roots pop on a somewhat palatable but underwhelming Just Another Foot, Moorer has the chops to shine, but often comes up a tad short. Fortunately, one keeper is The Broken Girl which has her running with the catchy melody. A close second might be the sparser aura hovering over the sweet, tender Still The Side Of Gone.
The album's middle portion contains much of opener's same flavoring with an attempted wistful look back on Easy In The Summertime with its piano accents. Unfortunately, it sounds too forced and melodramatic as does the dreamy arrangement and strings attempting to revive The Stars And I.
By the homestretch, it appears Moorer has hit her stride on another nugget in Like The Rain with its "less is more" blueprint and the gorgeous Sorrow (Don't Come Around). Sadly, there are more bumps in the albums then one would've liked in getting here.
CDs by Allison Moorer
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