Allison Moorer : Mockingbird

allison_moorer_mockingbird.jpgAllison Moorer is an artist whose albums have long been marked by a restless passion. On her latest release, Mockingbird, Moore works with producer and acclaimed roots artist Buddy Miller to create a lush and lively tribute to many of America’s best female songwriters.

In this collection of (mostly) covers, Moorer conjures rich, lush images of the lives, needs, and very yearnings of the hearts of women everywhere. Moorer proudly embraces Kate McGarrigle’s “Go, Leave,” delivers an intriguing take on Patti Smith’s “Dancing Barefoot,” and pays elegant homage to Shelby Lynne’s tale of survival, “She Knows Where She Goes.”  But it is Moorer’s take on June Carter Cash’s “Ring of Fire” (yes, it was June that actually wrote the classic many regard as Johnny Cash’s finest moment) that shows the most diverse eclecticism found on this release.

Listening to Mockingbird, one can hear Moore’s willingness to expose deep truths, while also honoring the women who inspired her. The album is subtle pop music, performed with passion that is enduring and sensual, tender and aware, a fine representation of the vastness of Americana music.

Mockingbird is out now on New Line Records.