Good Lord, this is good.  One of my absolute favorite albums this year, Allison Moorer’s Down To Believing is a 13-track blast of passion, quality songwriting and skilled musical performances that leave you breathless and wanting more.  Ms. Moorer has a voice that makes you ache one minute, then turns you on the next.  You feel everything she says in her songs, 12 of which are co-writes (the thirteenth being a wonderful cover of Creedence’s “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?”).  Forget the usual hyperbole of Allison Moorer being Shelby Lynne’s sister (and I LOVE Shelby Lynne, make no mistake) and being Steve Earle’s wife (and I respect him immensely) – Allison Moorer is her own performer – one with power, heart and damn it, balls, once you give this album a listen.

Kicking you awake from the first note, “Like It Used To Be” is just prime country-fried rock in big, bold letters with a gusto-filled delivery; “Thunderstorm/Hurricane” is dramatic and powerful, lush and intense; “I Lost My Crystal Ball” is pure gut emotion.  The title track, “Down To Believing” has so much warmth and sweetness from her singing, it can put tears in your eyes; “If I Were Stronger” is simply gorgeous, with its piano opening and sweeping melody which builds and builds along with that voice; “Mama Let The Wolf In” is a sleek, country groove that swings and her reading of “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” is perfect.

And that’s what this album is – it’s perfect.  I can listen to it over and over again and be amazed every time.  The sound; the production is pure gold and the lyrics match the music on every level.  This is as pure and heartfelt as you can get – at least to my mind.  And you simply cannot ask for better.  I believe – Allison Moorer is IT.


Down To Believing is available now


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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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