Mockingbird - Allison Moorer
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  • Summary: Shelby Lynne's sister releases a covers album of some of her favorite female singers.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. It is her warmest, most ambitious, searing, and gutsy record yet.
  2. A wide-ranging sampler of female compositions on which Moorer mostly provides subtle touches and an abundance of cool presence.
  3. Moorer takes an approach opposite to Lynne’s on the stripped-down Lovin’, giving each track its own distinct personality: Gillian Welch’s 'Revelator' is droning folk rock, Simone’s 'I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl' an organ-led torch song, June Carter Cash’s 'Ring of Fire' a drum-looped twang-hop. They all deserve a little spotlight.
  4. The effortless Mockingbird proves she doesn't need to write to make music that's all her own.
  5. There are some obvious picks, but Moorer is in such fine voice throughout that there's no need to quibble over song selecction. [Winter 2008, p.89]
  6. 60
    Buddy Miller pares down the arrangements and Moorer relaxes, allowing her dark, sultry voice to simmer. [Mar 2008, p.106]
  7. 40
    The use of borowed items invites comparisons, not only with the originals but also with other versions of the same song. And there Moorer fails the test. [Apr 2008, p.102]

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  1. TriciaE.
    Apr 29, 2008
    10
    Allison Moorer proves on "Mockingbird" that she is every woman. With a voice that has the unusual ability to mix powerhouse voice, with Allison Moorer proves on "Mockingbird" that she is every woman. With a voice that has the unusual ability to mix powerhouse voice, with soulful stirrings and sweet melodies, she collaborates with other superstar females to cover a multitude of musical genres. Whether it be soul, folk, punk, country or rock, Allison Moorer sings it beautifully. Listening to this album, you understand that the female experience, just like women themselves, are multifaceted, deep and resounding. Amazingly, Allison Moorer has been able to represent all facets of being female in a way that is universal to all people: men and women, young and old, rockers and country fans. Her critically acclaimed talent is evident on each and every song on this album. She does an amazing cover of "Ring of Fire" by Merle Kilgore and June Carter Cash, to a lovely rendition of Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell. Each and every song will leave you with wanting Moorer. Expand
  2. MikeM.
    Mar 5, 2008
    6
    This huge Allison m fan is a bit disappointed in this one. she has a great voice and mockingbird (cut 1) is beautiful, but whose idea was the This huge Allison m fan is a bit disappointed in this one. she has a great voice and mockingbird (cut 1) is beautiful, but whose idea was the sax solo? Gerry Rafferty's? some stuff a bit stuffy and precious, kind of drags. I have gillian cd if I want to hear "revelator", which is a great song. can't wait until her next album of originals. Expand