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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 (June 13, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B000FFL3B0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In a sea of very serious singer/songwriters, Allison Moorer hits a career high with an upbeat, infectious pop album in Getting Somewhere. Getting Somewhere is the sound of Allison Moorer finding her voice, finding her faith, finding her peace. Getting Somewhere means looking inward, confronting the past and forging a glad present and a hopeful future. In the process, she takes her artistry to the next level and revolutionizes her life. Produced by Steve Earle. ''Moorer's voice is a slow, side-of-the-mouth drawl one part bourbon, one part molasses'' -Rolling Stone

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Marriage to Steve Earle (who produced this album) seems to have inspired the musical emancipation of Allison Moorer. Whereas her earliest releases seemed to balance commercial country potential with alt-country attitude, her sixth album achieves a different sort of balance--between fuzztone guitars (which variously recall garage bands, grunge, and Neil Young's work with Crazy Horse) and Beatlesque melodies, hooks, and harmonies. The music would be hard to classify as country, but is difficult to resist. Rather than extending the tradition of Patsy Cline or Dolly Parton, the ebullient propulsion of the opening "Work to Do" and "Fairweather" reminds one more of the Go-Go's and the Bangles. Following the chamber strings and double-tracked vocals that enhance "Where You Are," the intro to "Take It So Hard" pays homage to "Wild Thing," rock at its most primitive. For all of the music's surface catchiness, the writing is some of Moorer's deepest to date, from the bittersweet yearning of "You'll Never Know" and introspective balladry and spiritual refrain of "Hallelujah" to the closing title track's folkish prayer of perseverance. While her soulful singing and Southern accent remain undiminished, the results sound less like a musical progression for Moorer than a fresh start. --Don McLeese

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Too bad....I had high hopes for a great CD from her.
Martin R. Lash
And this is fertile ground for Allison Moorer to till, resulting in another stand up album.
Faithless Street
No, but she still exhibits the songwriting skills of great storyteller.
David Kennedy

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harold Billings on June 20, 2006
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Alison has such a lovely voice that it is a shame that it gets so covered up by Steve's production. A rather muddy sound to this -- which may fit Steve's style in some cases, but not in what Allison does best ... which is to let her lyrics work their magic while that beautiful voice is clear and up front. The lyrics are even less clear on this album than has been the case on several of her recent songs.

It takes a lot of listening to get what Allison has to say, and she is an excellent lyricist with some of the most powerful songs in today's country-Americana field. But as one commentator says, she is allowing herself to drift too much towards pop. And that is just not her best metier. Compare the placement of her voice on this album with that of Brandi Carlile on her recent CD. What a shame that Steve did so badly by this wonderful talent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bert Echo on October 5, 2006
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At first listen, 'Getting Somewhere' plays like an Allison Moorer foray into traditional singer-songwriter pop. However, after a few spins, Moorer's personal lyrics begin to come to the surface. 'Work To Do' and 'Fairweather' are tight pop songs that deal with moving on after the end of a bad relationship and the resulting promise of a clean slate. While the protagonist of 'The Duel' from Moorer's previous album of the same name was "a newborn atheist", the main character on 'Hallelujah' wearily professes that "faith is hard to find, thank God I found mine in time". Moorer's double-tracked vocals on 'Where You Are' are simply sublime in a touching chamber-pop tune reportedly written for her sister, Shelby Lynne. Moorer's powerful voice is in fine form throughout the album and she is backed by a top-notch band that never overplays its hand. There is not a wasted note or lyric on this album that clocks in at a bit over 30 minutes. Moorer has never been better as a lyricist and this is exemplified by the timely closing song 'Getting Somewhere', with it's eerie slide and electric guitar and lyrics that allude to Hurricane Katrina "broken and banished left there to sink, knee deep in water not one drop to drink" and the Iraq War "motherless babies and husbandless brides, stranded with nothing but tears in their eyes, no home to go to their world ripped apart, look to the sky and they open their hearts".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2007
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Those country traditionalists wedded to Allison Moorer's old sound will not like the way she's changed upon wedding Steve Earle. But Moorer has never allowed herself to be stuck in or chained to any one musical style, and this transition from alt-country toward a popular sensibility is a superb showcase for her fine songwriting and her magical voice. Give it a try. I love the varied instrumentation she employs as well as the variety of themes she explores. It's definitely a new day for Allison, and this change, in my view, has done her a world of good.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John C. Bergeron on June 20, 2006
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Love, loss, courage and survival. These have been recurring themes in Allison Moorer's music ever since '98's Alabama Song, and with this Steve Earle-produced release, she deals with them again, taking a straighter if harder road than ever before on her journey toward peace of mind, redemption and--dare I say it?--happiness. While I would've loved to have discovered more tender ballads here (there are really only a couple and no one writes or performs them better), I can't deny that any more may have taken this album off-course. Clearly, Allison knows just what she wants to express, and she has never sounded stronger or more resolute in doing so. On first listen, I even sensed a kind of urgency, almost as if she's making up for time lost. This may explain the brevity of the songs (six of the ten are under three minutes in length); but they're exactly as long as they need to be and she doesn't waste a single second. It's obvious that the timing and nature of this release has a lot to do with recent, significant changes in Allison's personal life, but never mind that, there's plenty of our own lives in these songs as well. And while I treasure, and always will, beautiful songs such as "Steal the Sun" from her back-catalog, I can't help but recognize and appreciate the growth and open-heartedness of this wonderful artist. I hope this release finally gains Allison Moorer the attention and respect she's always deserved, for I have found her marginal commercial success up to now utterly inexplicable, especially when I hear some of the stuff out there that has "made it." Keep on going, Allison, and keep on growing!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2007
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"Getting Somewhere" is a departure for Allison Moorer. It offers a lot. "You'll Never Know" boasts a sunny melody, "If I could I'd plant a seed & make a blossom grow, let colors flow around you." "Hallelujah" is the best slow tune on the set, "Wings are hard to find; thank God I found mine in time." (The word "wings" is replaced by "faith" in the later chorus.) Steve Earle writes with Allison on what is my favorite track on the CD, "Fairweather." Its bubbly hook and breezy chorus makes this a charmer. "New Years Day" sounds like she took a page from Emmylou Harris' "Wrecking Ball" with thundering guitars. "Where You Are" is lovely chamber pop complete with string section that Allison dedicates to her sister. "If It's Just for Today" is a sunny love tune with thankfulness for a good love. "Getting Somewhere" is a good set with Allison branching out into different musical settings. It works well most of the time. Enjoy!
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