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  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hog Country Records
  • ASIN: B00096S2LY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cupid
2. Funny Side Of Love
3. Before I Go That Far
4. Here's To You
5. This Side Of The Moon
6. Kiss Me Again
7. Ruthless
8. Alone Down Here
9. Hard-Hearted
10. Heather Are You With Me Tonight
11. All We Need Is Love
12. Where The Blue Begins
13. Somebody's Gotta Do It

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Though This Side of the Moon's packaging highlights Elizabeth Cook's fashion-model looks, country music just doesn't get much more down-home than this. Cook's voice combines the trill of early Dolly Parton with the twang of a young Loretta Lynn, while her songwriting shows a disarming, conversational simplicity laced with a warm humor. Such artistry renders the "alt" in "alt-country" meaningless, because the best of this timeless music seems to come from the same place and reflect the same values as the music of George Jones or Hank Williams. Whether admonishing "Cupid" for his bad aim, shuffling onto the honky-tonk dance floor with "Hard-Hearted," or finding romance on the harmony-laden title track, Cook's the real deal. --Don McLeese

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Every song is a pure gem.
IrishCountryGal
The set closes with the sexy "Somebody's Gotta Do It" with Elizabeth's vocal cracking like a country Maria Muldaur.
Lee Armstrong
It's so great to hear a pure country voice that hasn't been corrupted by the Nashville music mill.
J. D. from Texas

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Prime Cuts: Here's to You; Cupid; Kiss Me Again

Imagine if Emmylou Harris had not dabble with the New Age ethereal foray of Americana and continues to cut albums entrenched with solidly country tunes "This Side of the Moon" could be it. Coming from the same vocal school as Harris, Cook has that mellifluous vocal with that distinct brush of southern charm, minus the country veteran's weathered worn texture. Further, her girlish coy and odylic sassiness will undoubtedly bring comparisons with Kelly Willis and Dolly Parton. Penning or co-penning 12 out of these 13 tracks and with most of them nudging under 3 minutes, this Floridian native certainly is not on the verbose side. And brevity is the soul of wit here. Cook has an acerbic outlook to love and life and she captures them just right on these paeans. Every track is a perfect capsule without an ounce of fat. Compared to her 2002 Warner Brothers debut "Hey Y'all," this set is even stronger and ironically more radio savvy.

The first 6 tracks are all stellar and they are tailored made for country radio. Given the right promotion, it's not difficult to see how the sensuous country ballad "Kiss Me Again" can make a dent in the upper echelon of the Billboard charts. Assisted by some mournful sounding steel guitars, "Kiss Me Again" is a desperate plea by Cook to her paramour to give their love another try. Fetching indeed is Cook's girlish, almost fragile vocals, which gives this weeper such an inherent believability. Another charmer is the album opener "Cupid," a honky tonk imbued toe-taper that finds an infatuated Cook blaming the god of love for the euphoria of love. Love's entangling prowess is again the theme of "Here's to You.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. D. from Texas on December 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The best traditional country music cd of the past ten years.

"Before I Go That Far" is the single best "country" ballad by a female artist since Reba's "Somebody Should Leave", and would be a guaranteed number one hit had it been recorded by an established artist like Leann Womack. "Here's to You" is very nearly as good, and I can't imagine anyone else singing it better than Elizabeth does. The gorgeous title track is so reminiscent of Dolly Parton, I can see why so many reviewers are making the comparison. "Kiss Me Again" is a song I'm sure Reba would like to have recorded, given she hasn't had a great single in more than a decade. The remaining tracks are all worth listening to, but the the above-mentioned 4 tracks which appear consecutively on the album are as good a power play as you are ever likely to hear in modern country music. As you can probably tell, I'm hooked.

It's so great to hear a pure country voice that hasn't been corrupted by the Nashville music mill. Hopefully, even better things are yet to come with the impending release of her Rodney Crowell-produced next album. If you're a fan of Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, early Reba, or even Patty Loveless, this album is essential. My only regret is that I just recently discovered this amazingly talented singer/songwriter. Only a chance viewing of one of her videos on CMT's Edge of Country exposed me to this relatively unknown artist. Isn't it ironic? The "Edge of Country". And all this time I thought this kind of music was the real thing. I guess Faith and Tim and all the rest really do rule over country music. Sad, sad, sad.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2005
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Elizabeth Cook's "This Side of the Moon" is another delightful country blast from this gorgeous Florida chanteuse. "Here's To You" is a midtempo track with Elizabeth's full-throttle vocals jamming the romance in reverse, "Heartache went from bad to worse, I called the doctor & got his nurse, So I'm here for a drink & the sound of a country band." On "Ruthless" Elizabeth gets funky with Alison Prestwood's bass & Henny Vaughan's stinging electric lead on this bluesy country rocker & Cook's powerful vocal, "She is gone now that you're found." Cook & Hardie McGehee penned the down-home classic "All We Need Is Love" drenched with Steve Fishell's steel guitar, "You think I'm hot & you're good lookin', I like your muscles, You like my cooking, Now all we need is love." The set closes with the sexy "Somebody's Gotta Do It" with Elizabeth's vocal cracking like a country Maria Muldaur. "This Side of the Moon" is an incredibly strong set with Elizabeth's excellent songwriting, high quality musicianship & her edgy powerful vocals blowing the mix through the roof. Bravo!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By napershopper on January 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
We caught Elizabeth Cook at the Ryman a few months ago and immediately picked up some of her CDs. I have to agree with some of the other reviews that she sounds like a mix of Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. Loretta Lynn was the first thought that cross my mind when we saw her live and as I listened to the CDs, I could also hear indications of Dolly. My 5 yr old agrees. The first time we listened to This Side of the Moon, he asked if it was Loretta Lynn.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Faithless Street on January 3, 2006
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When Elizabeth Cook hit the scene in 2002 she was a refreshing change both from the uber pop of the mainstream but also a light hearted change from the dark and morose mainstream. Fun and swingy songs about being in love and the bounces one takes falling out of love, Hey Y'All was a good, if uneven, album. For her second album Cook has ironed out most of the wrinkles and put together an overall better collection of songs. Obviously, inspired by Cook's recent divorce, this album conjures up memories of the awesome Diary of a Mod Housewife by Amy Farris. While neither as bleak nor as funny as that classic gem, Cook does deliver a strong and satisfying album.

The album opens with its only weak spot, the cringe-worthy "Cupid." "Funny Side of Love " is a similar but much better song about looking for a guy who can keep her laughing through the hard times. "Before I Go That Far" is a wonderful, powerful waltz, that uses echoes of Dolly Parton to deliver lines like "Before I've finally had enough imagine me winding up/In another's arms/and if that breaks your heart/Stop me/Before I go that far." This is followed by the swingier "Here's To You" an anthem toasting the man who used to be her husband. A heavy dose of steel introduces the pretty love song "This Side of the Moon" which showcases Cook's soaring vocals. A pretty piano melody highlights the vulnerability of "Kiss Me Again," about two people trying to reconnect their fractured relationship. "Ruthless" is a darker, crunchier more up tempo song about a man returning home to find his wife gone (of course her name was Ruth, an old pun, but it still works). Partnered with writer Stephony Smith, Cook eases away from her hook driven lyrics in the blues influences "Alone Down Here.
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