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Allison Moorer's passionate power earned her first two albums substantial and well-deserved critical acclaim and a loyal fan base. This time, she's shifted away from eclectic neo-traditionalism to more contemporary (i.e. conventional) Nashville studio arrangements, and the approach is different enough that it may prove disconcerting to some fans of her earlier albums. Still, her original lyrics remain sharp and focused as she explores a wide spectrum of emotions. The magnificent "Steal the Sun" and acerbic "Hey Jezebel" balance the melancholy of "Tumbling Down," the grim cautionary "Dying Breed," and the torchy "No Place for a Heart." While her vocal and compositional integrity remain intact, the question is what this budding paradigm shift portends for her future. Others who emerged as acclaimed neo-traditionalists (Sara Evans comes to mind) failed to significantly broaden their appeal until they firmly embraced the bland, mechanical predictability that still pervades Nashville. If Moorer is aiming for mainstream success by mollifying country radio, it's understandable. Whether that strategy works remains to be seen. --Rich Kienzle

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 6, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal South
  • ASIN: B00006DTZ7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Onions on August 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
A brilliant album. I love Allison Moorer's music but (unless you are an Allison Moorer completist in which case nothing is going to stop you) don't pay the extra [money] for the one extra track on this import version. Bulley Jones is the only extra track, done "live-in-the-studio" at a guess and, though the lyrics are strong, nonetheless comes as a bit of an anticlimax after Dying Breed, one of the most compelling tracks on Miss Fortune and a very appropriate note to end on.
I bought the "extra tracks" version in the UK where it has been released as standard so didn't pay an arm and a leg for it but would advise any US fans who haven't got money to burn to avoid it and get the US version with which, if your tastes anything like mine, you will be well pleased.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Onions on August 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Allison Moorer's previous album The Hardest Part completely bowled me over on first hearing. A wonderful album with good songwriting, some beautiful arrangements and a lot of depth to it, but definitely plumbing the darker side of love.
Miss Fortune in many ways carries on where The Hardest Part left off. The songwriting just goes on getting stronger. Listen carefully for instance to the rhyme pattern which works in all three verses of Up This High - clever yet not contrived. The cornerstones of the album are undoubtedly the midtempo ballads which Allison Moorer does so well. The palette is broadened by a greater variety of arrangements, at times reminiscent of the Beatles and also of Glen Campbell at his Jimmy Webb best. And then the range is also broadened to include a handful of more uptempo numbers where RnB influences are beginning to creep in, such as Going Down, modelled on the Stones' Brown Sugar (or even Bowie's Watch That Man). Perhaps no bad thing (such influences haven't done sister Shelby Lynne any harm) but, while they add interest, I'm not entirely sure these numbers work in their own right or fit into the album as a whole. Perhaps just me.
Allison Moorer certainly has a gorgeous voice which is warm and expressive and would grace a rendition of Humpty Dumpty let alone songs of the quality of those on Miss Fortune.
Overall therefore, despite slight reservations expressed above which may disappear on further listening, for me this album rates five stars.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Bailey on September 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Allison Moorer may have the most powerful, expressive voice in country music, and she has the song-writing talent to back it up. I gave her last album, "The Hardest Part" an ecstatic 5-star review, and would probably give her debut cut, "Alabama Song", 4.5 stars if the system allowed fractions.
Allison has now reached what has been the watershed for good or bad, the make-or-break point in so many recording careers, the famously "difficult" third album.
Make no mistake, it's a good album as every fan knew it would be - the lady's talent, discipline and professional commitment always ensured that would be the case. My only real regret is that (quite understandably in view of the critical timing in her career), Allison has played it a little safe this time. As editorial reviews say, it's closer to conventional Nashville, and I haven't yet found anything on here to compare with the desolate beauty of "A Soft Place To Fall" or the awesome spine-tingling intensity of "No Next Time" (my favourite tracks off the first two albums). Also I miss the traditional bluegrass inflections of her earlier work.
The good news is that there is not a duff track on the album. Allison's blistering voice is if anything on even better form than before, and the soulfulness that set her apart from the Nashville pack seems even further to the front. And the best news of all is that by broadening her appeal at this critical phase Allison has played a good hand for her long-term career. That promises more great work to come, and all the time in the world to pursue a more personal musical vision in the years ahead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Launius VINE VOICE on July 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I didn't pay much attention when my daughter initially gave me Alison Moorer's "Miss Fortune" CD. When I first played it, it did not particularly grab me, but on replaying it recently I was struck by several terrific songs. There is such a touch of yearning in her voice as she seeks to "Steal the Sun," a ballad about a perfect night of love and desire that everyone has experienced at sometime in their lives and how she wants it to never end. This is a signature song and worth the price of the CD. Moorer's sense of lost love, another emotion than everyone can appreciate at some level, found in "Cold in California," "Can't Get There From Here," "No Place For A Heart," and "Mark My Word" evoke strong empathies. And her cautionary tale of substance abuse, "Dying Breed," recalls difficult situations I have experienced with friends. Perhaps I'm sentimental, but I'm not sure that's an altogether bad thing. It's far better than the alternative.

There are some of the songs that I didn't especially care for--"Ruby Jewel Was Here," and "Hey Jezebel" come to mind--since they reminded me of Saturday nights in Honky Tonks, but overall this is a very fine album that captures a soul.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on August 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was a bit disappointed in Shelby Lynne's latest album after the grammy award winning "I Am Shelby Lynne" so I was a bit nervous about Allison's latest album to "The Hardest Part" (a must have for alternative country fans). I normally don't listen to country music because I find most of it bland and tacky with its pandering to this newfound patriotic movment that has been sweeping the country since last September. Anyways, I fell in love with Allison Moore's music with her last album "The Hardest Part". I thought that album had much stronger material than her sister's much lauded album as well as has a much stronger voice. I still appreciate Shelby Lynne and her music despite all its flaws. She and Allison are just two of the handful of country singers/bands I will listen to (Kasey Chambers, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Wilco, and Mary Chapin Carpenter being the other country artists). Much to my delight, "Miss Fortune" did not disappoint me. Allison's vocals are much more restrained on this album and the music has a lot of Beatles influence in them, especially "Cold In California", and "Let Go". On "Ruby Jewel Was Here", Allison's vocals bears a striking resemblence to her sister's voice. I could almost hear that particular song on a Shelby Lynne album. "Miss Fortune" was definitely well worth the wait. I am looking forward to hearing more from Allison Moore as well as her sister Shelby Lynne.
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