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Miss Fortune

Allison MoorerAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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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 (August 6, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal South
  • ASIN: B00006DTZ7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars but don't buy it! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songwriting, great voice 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
4.0 out of 5 stars CRUCIAL CAREER MILESTONE SAFELY PASSED September 5, 2002
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Yearning in the Soul of Us All 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait August 17, 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Nashville soul, good rainy day music
That is, if you like your music to match your weather. Moorer has a right to sing the blues, as they say, and she's good at it. Read more
Published on September 26, 2008 by Sanpete
4.0 out of 5 stars Allison Moorer / Miss Fortune
This is a hard one to comment on, I like her style, but some of her songs are strange. She sings, easy listening, twangy country, rock, alternative and off the wall on this Cd. Read more
Published on March 8, 2008 by durang503
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Allison Moorer I will think of
When I think of Allison Moorer, her work on this album is what I will always think of. Attracted by a label when we bought it that said, "Moorer's voice has not been altered in any... Read more
Published on August 22, 2007 by CrazyJaime
4.0 out of 5 stars Change of Direction, still mostly on course
Alison Moorer takes a different tack in this album, her third album. It's not classifiable as country, as where her first 2 albums. Read more
Published on July 19, 2007 by Gen X Music Addict
3.0 out of 5 stars Miss (steps). Fortune ( part)
I keep thinking Allison will pack more punch with her next release. This one feels uneven to my ears. Read more
Published on April 10, 2005 by Diamond Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars A mature female singer/songwritter
Alison Moorer is the greatest american singer and composer of this days her style have been in evolution and maturity in the last 5 years , she can touch your deepest feelings with... Read more
Published on August 26, 2004 by J. H. Infante
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong third album from Moorer
On Allison Moorer's third album, we find the red-headed singer moving into a new sound. A lot of people didn't like the new sound, but I think it's great. Read more
Published on March 23, 2004 by Jake Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Allison deverves moore
What do A Moorer and BadCo's Paul Rodgers have in common? Both of them could sing the phone book and it would sound great. Read more
Published on November 25, 2003 by Michael C. Merck
5.0 out of 5 stars Read Between the Rhythm
This album was the one that made me a bonafided Allison Moorer fan, but it took a few listens for me to realize the joke that had been played on me. Read more
Published on October 25, 2003 by Reine des Coeurs
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong title-Should be Misfortune
I am really glad that I listened to Show before I listened to this as it has a lot of songs from Miss Fortune, but much better versions. Read more
Published on October 16, 2003 by James Moulton
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