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