AL­LI­SON MOORER

Mock­ing­bird New Line Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JOE BREEN

A few weeks ago Shelby Lynne re­leased a smol­der­ing corker of a set of Dusty Spring­field cov­ers. Now her sis­ter steps out with an equally be­guil­ing col­lec­tion of cov­ers, al­beit by a range of women. This is no easy jour­ney through well-trod­den ter­ri­tory. Tack­ling songs such as Kate McGar­rigle’s nakedly emo­tional Go Leave (writ­ten for ex-hus­band Loudon Wain­wright III) and Gil­lian Welch’s haunt­ing Rev­e­la­tor, June Carter’s RIng of Fire, Patti Smith’s Danc­ing Bare­foot änd Nina Si­mone’s I Want a Lit­tle Sugar in My Bowl, is set­ting your­self up for a big fall. Hav­ing pro­ducer/gui­tarist whizz Buddy Miller di­rect­ing op­er­a­tions helps, but such big songs de­mand a big per­for­mance. How­ever, both pro­duc­tion and singer de­liver. We could quib­ble with the string sec­tion on Go Leave, but Moorer’s smoky voice has never sounded so re­alised, so con­trolled, so pow­er­ful and so per­sonal. www.al­lison­moorer.com Down­load tracks: Go Leave, Rev­e­la­tor, Daddy Good­bye Blues

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