Miss Fortune - Allison Moorer
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  • Summary: This is the critically-acclaimed Alabama singer's third album, and first for her new label Universal South.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
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  1. A rich, varied and emotionally resonant album that eschews AOR sugar fixes for smart, graceful songwriting and soulful but unshowy performances.
  2. An adventurous singer/songwriter just like her sister Shelby Lynne, the vocally gifted Moorer doesn't shy away from bucking country tradition. In fact, she seems to revel in it.
  3. Make no mistake: This is a country album, but it's closer to what the music might have become rather than to where it has sunk in its current doldrums.
  4. 70
    It's a richly textured album, often filled with a melancholy that suits Moorer's dark, rich voice just perfectly.
  5. 60
    Relative to her potential, she remains an underachiever, straitjacketed by Nashville craftsmanship in writing and arrangement. [Oct 2002, p.104]
  6. 60
    Though Moorer's lyrics sometimes slide from smart to schmaltzy, her superb singing ensures that every tune on Miss Fortune is incandescent. [#10, p.122]
  7. The strength Moorer has shown from first album to second album and finally to this genre-leaping experiment in self-recreation is enough to not only merit a listen, but to make sure we pay attention to the fourth album when it arrives.

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  1. petern
    Dec 6, 2002
    10
    Bloody Brilliant!! Anybody that doesn't like this album just doesn't get it. Dark, moody, melancholy in the tradition of Hank Bloody Brilliant!! Anybody that doesn't like this album just doesn't get it. Dark, moody, melancholy in the tradition of Hank Williams, George Jones, Gram Parsons, and Emmy Lou Harris, the music is at the same time current and fresh. Moorer and her sister, Shelby Lynne, are making albums that show what country music can be rather than the generic, commercial pablum made by most of today's country singers. Expand

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