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Album Review

Decked out in a black hat against a red background, a smiling Mae Moore gives the appearance of someone who enjoys making music. The cover also puts the listener in the right the frame of mind for the 48 minutes of animated music on It's a Funny World. Moore's vocals and the arrangements quickly bring to mind Joni Mitchell circa 1974, but not in a way that seems derivative. As with Court and Spark, full production provides lush support for Moore's self-penned songs. This spacious sound creates a certain depth and richness on pieces like the title cut and "Love Will Bring You Back" that is quite at odds with the more common roots approach used by many singer/songwriters. "Red Clay Hills" builds a resonant sound out of no more than acoustic guitars and dense percussion, while the pianos and guitars of "Who Knows" fashion an easygoing rhythm worthy of Laura Nyro. The smart arrangements dress up Moore's well-written lyrics into beautifully crafted pop songs with a hint of jazz, guaranteeing a satisfying listening experience. It's a Funny World qualifies as Moore's first release in the United States since 1995's Dragonfly. The strength of the material and vocals, however, make the album seem less like a comeback than a solid release from an experienced performer. With It's a Funny World, Moore has crafted a fine album that should please anyone who appreciates expressive vocals and a faultless blending of folk, pop, and jazz. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

What A Pleasure!

One of my favorite uplifting go-to albums EVER! Love Mae's voice, the harmonies, and the instrumentation. Her style is equal parts folk, jazz, and pop. Am anxiously awaiting new material from this truly talented songwriter and musician!

Pop talent "unplugs" on this album

Her 6th album (by my count) since 1989, "It's a Funny World" reworks some of her of her classics and adds some delightful new tunes. What will you find on this album? First off, "It's a Funny World" is the most laid-back and mature of her recorded work to-date. For those of you who know Mae Moore, (and only Heaven and her record label knows why this Canadian artist is one of the best-kept secrets in the US), you are bound to be surprised by her sound on this new album. Gone is the deep, rhythmic percussion and bass that underscored many of her songs on prior albums. A few songs had me digging up her "Bohemia" and Oceanview Motel" albums to compare these new performances (NOT simple re-mixes) with the earlier versions. "It's a Funny World" has an acoustic "unplugged" feel and a richer, more mature vocal sound on many tracks, with more conspicuous male vocal accompaniment in places. My favourite track is "All I Have", an uplifting pop / jazz ballad accented by Mae's vocalese riffs and sweet saxaphone - it has a permanent place in my playlist. Mae Moore has written the soundtrack to the last decade of my life. Newcomers to this versatile Canadian gem would do well to start with "Collected Works 1989-1999" for an overview of her pop songs. If you like a more mellow, mature acoustic / jazz feel, this is the album for you.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

After playing in folk clubs in Southern Ontario, singer/songwriter Mae Moore got her first break when she joined the band Foreign Legion. She crafted her intricate acoustic sound while making a name for herself throughout the mid-'80s. In 1985, she went solo, writing the song "Heaven in Your Eyes." Loverboy went on to make the song a chart smash two years later thanks to its inclusion in the Tom Cruise film Top Gun, but Moore's talent was ignored. A chance meeting with Barney...
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