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Making sense of things isn’t always easy. Singer/songwriter Allison Moorer knows this, for sifting through life’s various complexities can make for a good song and even better story. On “Sorrow (Don’t Come Around),” one of the starkly candid songs on Moorer’s forthcoming effort, Crows, she hints at a hidden optimism that sometimes is ignored or forgotten. ... Read more in Amazon's Allison Moorer Store

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  • Audio CD (February 9, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00000E7MD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Oscar and Grammy nominated songwriter Allison Moorer returns with a refined collection of songs that mark a stylistic departure from her previous work. On Crows, Moorer combines an astonishing vocal performance with new material primarily written on piano, rather than guitar. Produced by celebrated Nashville producer R.S. Field (Buddy Guy, John Mayall), and featuring the single, "The Broken Girl."

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...a sophisticated, pop-flavored outing marked by intricate arrangements and delicate dynamics. --Billboard

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Love Alison Moorer and her sister Shelby Lynne.
Bara Haynes
Allison Moorer has a lovely voice and uses it well on Crows, conveying deep feeling with seeming simplicity.
David Bondy
They aren't very memorable and one in particular is really awful.
Alabama slammer

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A* VINE VOICE on February 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of hers for years and loved her last disc, Mockingbird. But Crows is on an entirely different level. It leans so heavy on melody and strings allowing her voice to really shine and she gives you everything she has on these haunting songs. "Still This Side of Gone," is just melancholic beauty. The entire disc has this almost eerily atmospheric intimacy to it. The title track, "Crows," has a simple piano riff that underplays the lyrics brilliantly . And "Easy in the Summertime," follows in the same aforementioned formula. These songs, sort of like the rest of the disc, wrestle with inner turmoils of heartbreak/nature, but everything about this disc is just so polished and heartfelt that it avoids schlock. Moorer's voice has always been a thing of blues inflected beauty and with this disc's three upbeat tunes, it manages to have a hopeful poignancy to even the darkest of material on this disc. Wonderful album that matches the greatness of The Duel and The Hardest Part.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mary donegan on February 27, 2010
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I read somewhere about this singer and thought I'd give her a listen. I am not a fan of country music. I am now a big fan of Allison Moorer. This is an artist I can really relate to. My favorite singers are people like Bonnie Raitt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins. I feel Allison belongs in this group. Her songs are lyrical, heartfelt and I can understand every word she says. Hope she tours in my area soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on February 13, 2010
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So many of the great female singers that have come down the pike during the last ten to twenty years have come in the Americana genre, and Allison Moorer is one of those. With albums like MOCKINGBIRD, THE DUEL, MISS FORTUNE, and GETTING SOMEWHERE, she has set herself up as a consummate artist--not an easy thing to do in a genre whose artists steadfastly refuse to throw their lot in with the corporate country music establishment that has lauded Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift to the hilt. She's a natural maverick, not unlike her big sister Shelby Lynne or husband Steve Earle, one of the true rebels of recent decades. She just has a different way of showing it on her albums, and CROWS isn't any different.

With the exception of the twelfth track, "It's Gonna Feel Good (When It Stops Hurting)", which was written by the album's producer R.S. Field, everything on CROWS is from Allison's own pen, and her very stately and relaxed, acoustic rock oriented sound, splashed with occasional string sections, mandolin, and pedal steel, makes this a thoroughly listenable album. What is unusual about it, however, is how so many of the songs are in minor keys, giving them a mysterious, eerie quality, and the fact that Allison spends as much time at the piano as she does on guitar. Contrary to how that might sound, however, she doesn't try to imitate Norah Jones on any of her songs, either in vocal inflections or in sound; this album is still uniquely her, and her voice is as refreshing as on her past albums.

Allison, in other words, has done it again; she has made an album that will likely feature in a few Top Ten lists, including mine, when 2010 comes to a close.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Heath TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2010
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Crows is Allison Moorer's latest recording of original songs following her cover album Mockingbird (see my review). This is a collection of dark, brooding folk tunes featuring Moorer's gorgeous voice. The opener "Abalone Sky" is fairly sparse featuring acoustic guitar to accompany Moorer's lament for something/someone that troubles her. This song is beauty in sadness. "Goodbye To The Ground" follows nicely adding some additional instrumentation while keeping the same mood. Moorer gives listeners an interesting variation on "Broken Girl" as the instrumentation lightens up a bit, but her voice is still haunting as she tells "Storms gather in her head sometimes". Her delivery on the bridge of the song is earnest and gives intensity to the song that sticks with you.

However Moorer stumbles at times with her songwriting on Crows. The chorus on "Just Another Fool" is trite and sophomoric "Ooh she ain't gonna let you in fool/she ain't ever gonna break her rule/and if you try your' just another fool." The lyrical pattern on "When You Wake Up Feeling Bad" seems to have caused Moorer problems as she had four verses each with four lines that rhyme. Needing to rhyme with "old", the third line is "All the bread in the kitchen's grown mold". Her delivery matches the awkwardness of the words themselves, and it essentially ruins the song. Finally, "Easy In The Summertime" features three choppy verses delivered hastily. This was my least favorite song on Crows.

The remainder of the songs came off fairly lukewarm. They weren't bad, but there wasn't anything that really stuck with me about them. When you add it all up, Crows is quite a mixed bag from Allison Moorer. Some songs show promise, but I would recommend buying mp3s of the few good songs and passing on the rest.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Clapham on March 15, 2010
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This is the first CD by Allison Moorer that I have listened to. She clearly has personal experience with depression and sings and writes about it beautifully. The songs are of different styles and tempos. Wonderful in expressing her feelings. I thought it was excellent, but sad.
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