Down to Believing

Down to Believing

by Allison MoorerAllison Moorer

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Overview

On her eighth studio album, Allison Moorer reunites with producer Kenny Greenberg. He helmed her first two MCA albums, 1998's Alabama Song and 2000's The Hardest Part. They spent two years recording Down to Believing at various Nashville studios. Life-changing circumstances -- living in New York, being the mother of a young son with autism, going through a divorce, the availability of musicians -- dictated the pace. Despite all this, Down to Believing is the most focused and candid recording in her catalog. Its 13 songs (12 originals and a gorgeous cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain") consciously reflect the crucible of recent experience, without hiding behind characters. While these songs are vulnerable, they never flinch. More often than not -- as evidenced by "Like It Used to Be," the rocking first single and set opener -- Moorer comes out swinging: ."..I can't hang on only losers weep/Somebody ain't nobody anybody can keep…." "Thunderstorm Hurricane" begins with acoustic guitar and brooding strings, but soon, gnarly, metallic, electric guitars and kick drums frame the drama. This testament to the frustration of miscommunication with a lover explodes. The singer's refusal to comply or be complacent becomes a righteous anger: ."..Drop by drop I disappear/It's like I wasn't ever here…" The journey through a relationship becomes even more poignant on the slow country waltz of the title track, a song of reflection and doubt; the singer keeps her simmering emotions contained, but subtle tensions mount. It foreshadows the rage and indictment of emotional abuse in "Tear Me Apart." Moorer, buoyed by blistering guitars, banjo, mandolins, snares, and cymbals is confused, broken, and ultimately refuses to become a target of rage. Her vocal, drenched in raw country soul and blues, reveals her truth: ...What am I/Supposed to say/When I want to scream every time you look my way..." "If I Were Stronger," a dramatic ballad, reveals the expected toll of that endurance and the stalemates it results in: romantic love and relationships die. "Blood" is an offering of unconditional love. Highlighted by weeping pedal steel and acoustic guitar, this country song reveals the definition of "agape." (Moorer says it was written for her sister, Shelby Lynne.) "Mama Let the Wolf In" is a bluesy, swampy, rockabilly burner about a mother's inability to shield her child from all of life's tough cards. While "I'm Doing Fine" is a rootsy testament to moving on, "Back of My Mind," with its pop hook, balances determination and self-doubt. The intimate slide- and mandolin-driven closer "Gonna Get It Wrong" is a hymn to self-acceptance and self-reliance: ."..Got a true blue heart ...and it falls apart...I know I'm gonna get it wrong but it's alright." Somehow, the listener knows it is. It's the only sendoff a songwriter like Moorer could deliver on Down to Believing, an emotionally raw yet aesthetically fine album. She may have reached into the depths for these songs, but she's delivered us the gift of a burning light.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2015
Label: Ent. One Music
UPC: 0099923942825
catalogNumber: 9428
Rank: 64163

Tracks

  1. Like It Used To Be
  2. Thunderstorm/Hurricane
  3. I Lost My Crystal Ball
  4. Down To Believing
  5. Tear Me Apart
  6. If I Were Stronger
  7. Wish I
  8. Blood
  9. Mama Let the Wolf In
  10. I'm Doing Fine
  11. Back of My Mind
  12. Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
  13. Gonna Get It Wrong

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Allison Moorer   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Russ Pahl   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Mike Rojas   Keyboards
Tim Lauer   Keyboards
Fred Eltringham   Percussion,Drums
Bryan Owings   Drums
John Deaderick   Keyboards
Ben Phillips   Drums
Lex Price   Bazouki
Rachel Loy   Bass
Tony Lucido   Bass
Eamon McLaughlin   Strings
Jedd Hughes   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Mackey   Bass
Jon Conley   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Brad Jones   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Ray Kennedy   Engineer
John Fogerty   Composer
Audley Freed   Composer
Kenny Greenberg   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mills Logan   Engineer
Angelo Petraglia   Composer
Keith Gattis   Composer
Tony Lane   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Allison Moorer   Composer
Ben Phillips   Engineer
Joey Turner   Engineer
Eamon McLaughlin   String Arrangements
Andrew Kelley   Art Direction
Zac Malloy   Composer
Skip Black   Composer
Chris Wilkinson   Engineer
Neil Medley   Composer
Troy Olsen   Composer
Richard McLauren   Engineer

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