Release Date: Feb 9, 2010
Record label: Ryko
Genre(s): Indie, Alternative, Folk
That Allison Moorer has recorded albums of traditional country, Neil Young-style roots-rock, and even lush pop in the vein of Dusty in Memphis speaks to the singer-songwriter's restless creative spirit. That she has pulled off this eclectic mix of styles with some truly superlative performances—2000's The Hardest Part and 2004's The Duel are both essential modern country records—speaks to the real depth of Moorer's talents and her effortless capacity to transcend simple genre tags. For her seventh studio album, Crows, Moorer has ventured into the atmospheric, American gothic territory of Neko Case, Fred Eaglesmith, and Scott H.
Allison Moorer, like her older sister Shelby Lynne, her husband Steve Earle and really, countless other artists from the swamplands outskirts of what is known as, among other labels, “Americana”, has always deserved to break into a bigger audience. That Nashville never embraced her in the way they embraced extremely lesser acts is both an egregious error and a clear warning sign to the sad, trite and derivative state of mainstream country music. Over the course of her decade-long career, Moorer has recorded an eclectic variety of styles, including blue-eyed soul, retrospective country, gritty folk and even a stab at modern pop, just to name a few.
Nothing to crow about: New songs fly in crooked line There’s something comfortable about crows—their trademark call, that unmistakable silhouette, and the fact that no matter where I reside, they’re always there. I’m no ornithologist, but I think crows are a lot like the men in my life: clever little assholes that win you over with dark humor and reliable comfort. A lot of people have a deep personal association with these vaguely creepy avatars.
Finds Moorer hitting her stride and going somewhere special. Sid Smith 2010 Being successful right from the off can be as much a blessing as a curse. Whilst the qualities of Moorer’s voice has never been in doubt since her 1998 debut, Alabama Song, they’ve sometimes been over-exposed in the gloss and glare of Nashville production values that haven’t always served her well.