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Mose Allison's ANTI- debut The Way of the World marks his return to the recording studio after a 12 year absence. Working with maverick producer Joe Henry, Allison has found his most sympathetic setting in years, surrounded by young, vibrant players, who add surprising slide guitar and some sinewy saxophone to the classic Mose sound.
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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B0034PHWHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you're a Mose Allison fan, you're probably as happy as I that we have one more album from this great musician. If you haven't bought it yet, don't hesitate. But if you're new to Allison's work you might be wondering whether this is the place to start. Well, you can't go wrong with Allison Wonderland: Anthology, which contains too many great songs to list here; but you might do as well to start with Way of the World.

None of the new songs here quite rise to the level of Allison's very best work, but the acerbic "Modest Proposal" and the weary "The Way of the World" (co-authored with Joe Henry) come close. Most of the other material--a combination of new originals, re-recordings, and covers--is also strong. Loudon Wainwright's "I'm Alright" and Amy Allison's "Everybody Thinks You're an Angel" in particular are well-chosen, Allisonesque compositions that fit in perfectly with Allison's own work. (Allison's daughter Amy, an artist in her own right, also contributes vocals on a cover of Buddy Johnson's "This New Situation". She sounds like a cross between Victoria Williams and Blossom Dearie, and the effect of their unison singing is downright eerie.)

What truly distinguishes this album, though, is that producer Joe Henry has created what may be the best-sounding Allison album yet. The warm, clean sound is a lot like that on Henry's own albums, but it fits Allison, too. And Henry has assembled a cast of professionals (including the ubiquitous Jay Bellerose on drums and percussion) who enhance Allison's performances without ever getting in the way. Just compare the versions of "Ask Me Nice" and "Let It Come Down" included here with older recordings of the same tunes to hear the difference. We're all indebted to Henry for coaxing Allison back into the studio, but doubly-so for his tasteful production work.
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After having the privilage of seeing Moses a few years ago in NH play, I immediately became a fan. Every time I hear Moses songs now I can't believe he's been around for so long and I never heard his music being played on the radio. He has to be the coolest due around. I was excited to learn he had a new release after many years and he didn't let me down with it. I love it. I keep listening to it again and again, too. So worth it. I highly recommend it. It's great.
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It's too bad that age has robbed Allison of any more touring. I saw him perform live at least three times. Once in Santa Cruz, Ca., to perform, about twenty years ago, he was interviewed by the local paper. He was asked if he regretted anything about his career. He had one: he had never been invited to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Since one of the managers of the venue he performed in Santa Cruz was connected to the jazz festival, you'd think he'd have gotten the clue and had invited Mose Allison to perform on Blues Saturday in Monterey at least once since then until he announced his retirement several years ago.
This was his last album. I totally loved it. I don't listen to it enough. I will today.
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I've enjoyed Mose for many years and I'm grateful he made this album at 82. I haven't been around quite that long yet but long enough to appreciate the lyrics of "My Brain. It's worth the price of the CD all by itself. Songs like "I Know You Didn't Mean It" and "Modest Proposal" and "The Way of the World" fit my view of the world very closely. It's a little like talking with an old friend who sees life the same way you do.

Moses' voice is the type that is not adversely affected by age. His piano playing is a bit jarring to some but I always enjoy it. He is definitely in my pantheon of overachieving octogenarians along with the likes of Tony Bennett, Clint Eastwood and Vince Scully. I hope he makes another record when he's a nonpareil nonagenarian.
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This is old Blues but still music that fits into todays' Genre.
If you love Da Blues then I promise you will love Mose......
I have almost all of his CD's. and what a pleasure itis to have someone develope a maching that converted the old 33 &1/3 albums to CD's...

We have a part of the History of a Blues Great locked in forever.
Mose will make you smile
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This album is so impressive -- the lyrics are sharp and witty, the musicianship feels right there on every tune. Everything just snaps the way it ought to. Mose has things to say and it's a treat to hear it. I love what Joe Henry brought to it. The more I listen to it the more I like it -- it's wonderful!
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First of all, I'm a big fan of Mose Allison, starting in '68. I have many Mose Allison recordings and his unique style and writing have a special place in my heart and soul. And that's the 5 star part of the album. New Mose Allison songs are guaranteed to become part of music's lexicon, and chapter and verse of the iconoclast's bible. "Let's Give God a Vacation" alone is worth buying the CD.

I'm less smitten, however, with the production. I know it's billed as fresh and hip, with a "maverick" producer. But for my taste, most of this is a little too front-porch-down-home for me. It's almost like someone heard Mose's Mississippi drawl, and automatically conceived of the southerner-as-hick sound. To me, Mose has always been a hip jazz player with an acute observer's angle, and yes, some of his phrases are somewhat Bible Belt ("She was sweet and cool, cool and sweet, as homemade sin..."), but he's still a jazz cat.

To hear how he sounds live, check out the two volume "The Mose Chronicles," recorded in London. It's a hot trio/quartet date. Because it's his gig, that must represent his sound to him, right? And it ain't down-home.

I listened to Mose's "My Backyard" recently, and it has a poppin' swingin' New Orleans thing going for it with Johnny Vidacovich at the drums. "I finally found a drummer who knows how to play my music," says Mose in the liner notes. I would highly recommend that CD as a more representative and hip Mose gig.

This one? It's worth it for the songs, but the production doesn't swing. I wish Mose had been a little more involved in the sound.

""I have no idea how it went. I don't like to listen to myself. I haven't really listened that much to the new record, so I don't know." Mose Allison, quoted on [...].
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