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Allison Moorer
Down to Believing

Allison Moorer — Down to Believing (March 16/17, 2015)

United States                Allison Moorer — Down to Believing
♦♦    Shelby Lynne's l'il sis forges her own blend of folk–and–blues–meets–Nashville sound country rock.
Born: June 21, 1972, Monroeville, Alabama, United States
Location: Frankville, Alabama ~~ New York
Album release: March 16, 2015
Record Label: E1 Music / Proper Records
Duration:     46:43
Tracks:
01 Like It Used to Be (Allison Moorer)     3:19 
02 Thunderstorm/Hurricane (Allison Moorer)     2:48  
03 I Lost My Crystal Ball (Allison Moorer / Angelo Petraglia)     3:08  
04 Down to Believing (Audley Freed / Keith Gattis / Allison Moorer)     4:58 
05 Tear Me Apart (Kenny Greenberg / Allison Moorer)     3:05  
06 If I Were Stronger (Allison Moorer / Troy Olsen)     4:08  
07 Wish I (Tony Lane / Allison Moorer)     4:28  
08 Blood (Allison Moorer)     3:30  
09 Mama Let the Wolf In (Allison Moorer / Jeffrey Steele)     3:21  
10 I'm Doing Fine (Zac Malloy / Allison Moorer)     3:07  
11 Back of My Mind (Skip Black / Neil Medley / Allison Moorer)     4:18  
12 Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (John Fogerty)     2:43  
13 Gonna Get It Wrong (Tony Lane / Allison Moorer)     3:50
CREDITS:
♦  Kristin Barlowe Photography
♦  Adam Bednarick Assistant Engineer
♦  Skip Black Composer
♦  Chad Cromwell Drums
♦  John Deaderick Keyboards
♦  Jim DeMain Mastering
♦  Dan Dugmore Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Steel), Mandolin
♦  Fred Eltringham Drums, Percussion
♦  John Fogerty Composer
♦  Audley Freed Composer
♦  Keith Gattis Composer
♦  Kenny Greenberg Composer, Engineer, Guitar (Ac+Electric), Producer
♦  Paul Grosso Creative Director
♦  Jedd Hughes Guitar (Acoustic)
♦  Jon Conley Banjo, Guitar (Acoustic), Mandolin
♦  Brad Jones Bass (Upright)
♦  Andrew Kelley Art Direction, Design
♦  Ray Kennedy Engineer
♦  Tony Lane Composer
♦  Tim Lauer Keyboards
♦  Mills Logan Engineer, Mixing
♦  Rachel Loy Bass
♦  Tony Lucido Bass
♦  Steve Mackey Bass
♦  Zac Malloy Composer
♦  Eamon McLaughlin String Arrangements, Strings
♦  Richard McLauren Engineer
♦  Neil Medley Composer
♦  Allison Moorer Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Piano, Tambourine, Vocals (Background)
♦  Justin Niebank Mixing
♦  Troy Olsen Composer
♦  Bryan Owings Drums
♦  Russ Pahl Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Steel)
♦  Angelo Petraglia Composer
♦  Ben Phillips Drums, Engineer
♦  Lex Price Bazouki
♦  Michael Rhodes Bass
♦  Leslie Richter Assistant Engineer
♦  Mike Rojas Keyboards
♦  Jeffrey Steele Composer
♦  Joey Turner Engineer
♦  Van Fletcher Associate Producer
♦  Chris Wilkinson Assistant Engineer, Engineer
Review by Thom Jurek;  Score: ****½
♦♦  On her eighth studio album, Allison Moorer reunites with producer Kenny Greenberg. He helmed her first two MCA albums, 1998’s Alabama Song and 2000’s The Hardest Part. They spent two years recording Down to Believing at various Nashville studios. Life–changing circumstances — living in New York, being the mother of a young son with autism, going through a divorce, the availability of musicians — dictated the pace. Despite all this, Down to Believing is the most focused and candid recording in her catalog. Its 13 songs (12 originals and a gorgeous cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”) consciously reflect the crucible of recent experience, without hiding behind characters. While these songs are vulnerable, they never flinch. More often than not — as evidenced by “Like It Used to Be,” the rocking first single and set opener — Moorer comes out swinging: “…I can’t hang on only losers weep/Somebody ain’t nobody anybody can keep….” “Thunderstorm Hurricane” begins with acoustic guitar and brooding strings, but soon, gnarly, metallic, electric guitars and kick drums frame the drama. This testament to the frustration of miscommunication with a lover explodes. The singer’s refusal to comply or be complacent becomes a righteous anger: “…Drop by drop I disappear/It’s like I wasn’t ever here…” The journey through a relationship becomes even more poignant on the slow country waltz of the title track, a song of reflection and doubt; the singer keeps her simmering emotions contained, but subtle tensions mount. It foreshadows the rage and indictment of emotional abuse in “Tear Me Apart.” Moorer, buoyed by blistering guitars, banjo, mandolins, snares, and cymbals is confused, broken, and ultimately refuses to become a target of rage. Her vocal, drenched in raw country soul and blues, reveals her truth: …What am I/Supposed to say/When I want to scream every time you look my way…” “If I Were Stronger,” a dramatic ballad, reveals the expected toll of that endurance and the stalemates it results in: romantic love and relationships die. “Blood” is an offering of unconditional love. Highlighted by weeping pedal steel and acoustic guitar, this country song reveals the definition of “agape.” (Moorer says it was written for her sister, Shelby Lynne.) “Mama Let the Wolf In” is a bluesy, swampy, rockabilly burner about a mother’s inability to shield her child from all of life’s tough cards. While “I’m Doing Fine” is a rootsy testament to moving on, “Back of My Mind,” with its pop hook, balances determination and self–doubt. The intimate slide– and mandolin–driven closer “Gonna Get It Wrong” is a hymn to self–acceptance and self–reliance: “…Got a true blue heart …and it falls apart…I know I’m gonna get it wrong but it’s alright.” Somehow, the listener knows it is. It’s the only sendoff a songwriter like Moorer could deliver on Down to Believing, an emotionally raw yet aesthetically fine album. She may have reached into the depths for these songs, but she’s delivered us the gift of a burning light.
Website: http://allisonmoorer.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllisonMoorer
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Allison Moorer
Down to Believing

 

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