SHELBY LYNNE & AL­LI­SON MOORER

NOT DARK YET THIRTY TIGERS, OUT 18 AU­GUST Coun­try sib­lings ri­fle the Bob Dy­lan, Nick Cave and Nir­vana song­books.

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Alabama-born sis­ters Shelby Lynne and Al­li­son Moorer have clocked up more than 20 stu­dio al­bums be­tween them, but this is their first col­lab­o­ra­tion. Not Dark Yet clev­erly places songs by coun­try gi­ants the Lou­vin Broth­ers and Merle Hag­gard along­side those by Nir­vana and Bob Dy­lan. And it works – some of the time. Lynne and Moorer are at their best on the straight coun­try ma­te­rial, but their take on The Killers’ My List usurps the orig­i­nal. Sadly, things take a turn for the worse later. Into My Arms gets by, but misses Nick Cave’s quiet men­ace. How­ever, the sis­ters’ read­ing of Nir­vana’s Lithium is so ill-judged you won­der why the record com­pany didn’t sug­gest leav­ing it off. It’s the only real mis­step on an al­bum that other­wise show­cases two of coun­try’s mu­sic great­est voices.

MARK BLAKE Lis­ten To: My List | Not Dark Yet | Lungs

Sis­ter act: Shelby Lynne & Al­li­son Moorer.

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