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Album Review

Since she straddled the line between mainstream country and Americana, Allison Moorer's records of the late '90s and early 2000s received critical acclaim but not much chart attention. She had a handful of hits at the turn of the century, but none that climbed into the country Top 40, which means that 2005's The Definitive Collection is less of a hits album than a retrospective on an underappreciated artist. As a matter of fact, the 19-track collection is missing her highest-charting single, "Think It Over," which peaked at 57 in 2000 (her other three charting singles — "Set You Free," "A Soft Place to Fall," and "Send Down an Angel" — are all here). While some casual listeners may indeed miss that tune, the collection is nevertheless an excellent overview of her work at the time of its release in 2005, containing five cuts from her 1998 debut, Alabama Song; three songs from 2000's The Hardest Part; a duet with los Straitjackets from their 2001 album ("I Ain't the One"); her contribution to the 2001 film soundtrack Songcatcher ("Moonshiner"); four tracks from 2002's Miss Fortune; her version of "Storms Never Last" from the 2003 Waylon Jennings tribute album, Lonesome, On'ry and Mean; and four cuts from 2003's live album, Show. Each of these records is quite good on its own terms, but this makes for an excellent introduction for the curious, and The Definitive Collection a strong listen in its own right as well.

Customer Reviews

Excellent and Flawless

I heard the song "A Soft Place to Fall" on a little local Country station today. I couldn't wait to get home and download it. Gorgeous Allison. Your voice is beautiful. I thought for a minute it was Shelby Lynne, then I found out Allison and Shelby are sisters. The music and voice are flawless. I can only wish I had a "Soft Place to Fall"...at least I have the music. Keep up the GREAT work. Give us MORE!

Allison Moorer

Allison Moorer has the lyrics and attitude to back a .99 is well worth it. Many of my personal Fav's are not even on the list. Of the list If you are looking for a mix of what she has to offer I would look at "Is Heaven Good Enough For You" for the love and lost, "Steal the sun" for the lover, but if a little attitude is what you are looking for "I'll Break Before I Bend" has it. Many of her songs on Definitive Collection of Allison Moorer is her slower stuff. "Ruby Jewel" is my personal fav. not on the list. Check out her CD "The Show" for a true collection. Her Voice is great and from her live cd to her studio cd's it is hard to tell the difference.

You're missing out if you only listen to country radio

It's too darn bad that country radio doesn't respect the Allison Moorers or the Shelby Lynns of the music world. Listen to "Let Go" for a taste of what you've been missing - a song that will grab hold of your soul.

Biography

Born: June 21, 1972 in Mobile, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Allison Moorer was born into a musical family and raised in the small southern Alabama town of Frankville; when Moorer's father shot her mother and then turned the gun on himself, older sister Shelby Lynne -- soon to become a country singer herself -- took charge of raising Allison. After attending the University of South Alabama, Moorer moved to Nashville, hoping to get her start as a studio backing vocalist. She struck up a songwriting partnership with musician and future husband Butch Primm, and...
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