Not Dark Yet

Album Review of Not Dark Yet by Shelby Lynne.

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Not Dark Yet

Shelby Lynne

Not Dark Yet by Shelby Lynne

Release Date: Aug 18, 2017
Record label: Silver Cross
Genre(s): Folk

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Not Dark Yet - Very Good, Based on 4 Critics

Paste Magazine - 88
Based on rating 8.8/10
88

It's been a long time coming. Though Shelby Lynne and her younger sister, Allison Moorer, have released a slew of solo records between them since the late '80s, Not Dark Yet marks their first joint effort. In one sense, it's not surprising the siblings didn't collaborate sooner: DNA aside, they're not too similar. Boasting a resume that includes a duet with Tony Joe White and a set of Dusty Springfield covers, the more unconventional and eclectic Lynne takes a scruffier, funkier approach than her sister.

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Slant Magazine - 80
Based on rating 4.0/5
80

There's only one original composition on Not Dark Yet, a duets album from sisters Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne. For fans who've waited years for the two singer-songwriters to do a project together, that reality may be a little disorienting; both women have developed strong, fiercely original bodies of work, and hearing them come together without flexing their songwriting chops may seem like a missed opportunity. But true to form, Moorer and Lynne have made an album that doesn't answer to anyone's expectations but their own.

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American Songwriter - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

One look at the track listing of this first collaboration between the veteran Alabama-born singer-songwriting sisters is all you need to understand how eclectic and wide ranging their tastes are. The long anticipated album length musical alliance between Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer may be short on original material (there is only one new, co-composed track), but the sensibility of combining their joint appreciation of roots music with more contemporary fare is adventurous and brave. Both are comfortable interpreting songs of others; Lynne famously paid tribute to Dusty Springfield and Moorer's Mockingbird (both from 2008) tackled songs from Patti Smith to Johnny Cash.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Despite singing together since they were old enough to talk, it took a lifetime for sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer to record together. United by blood, growing up in the backwoods of Alabama and sharing an unspeakable tragedy -- they witnessed their father take their mother's life and then ….

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