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The seventh Mrs. Steve Earle, Allison Moorer makes her first recording with her new husband, and though some things have changed -- this one has a harder edge than any of her other excellent recordings -- some have remained the same. In addition to producing, Earle plays guitar on several tracks and verbalizes some processed sweet nothings on a stomping, horn-bolstered, properly fatalistic love song, "If It's Just for Today." As a producer, he draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of Beatles and Byrds soundscapes to enrich the atmosphere of many of the songs here, and both artists' sense of the dramatic moment infuses some of the terse passages with an ominous urgency. Moorer sounds positively swept up in the spiritual dislocation she describes in "Getting Somewhere," a heated, jittery treatise in which she tries to talk herself into keeping the faith in desperate circumstances ("I have to believe I'm gettin' somewhere"). Other songs come to grips with the past and the present. An opening triptych of the Byrds-ish "Work to Do," the acoustic-based folk-rock beauty "You'll Never Know," and a subdued celebration of new love, "Hallelujah," feature Moorer's deepest vocal excursions as she tries to, respectively, reclaim "what's real" after a breakup; learn to express affection openly and honestly; and finally, in "Hallelujah," exhaling, but conditionally: "I hold on 'cause I guess I know / consequences come around to call." Later, though, on the string-enriched ballad "Where You Are," she sings sweetly and passionately of her newfound devotion, and it's a heart-touching moment.
Performance CreditsAllison Moorer Primary Artist,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Hoke Horn
Brad Jones Bass,Bass Guitar
Doug Lancio Guitar
Chris Carmichael Strings
Rev. Brady Blade Drums
Technical CreditsSteve Earle Audio Production
Jim Hoke Horn Arrangements
Chris Carmichael String Arrangements
Cole Gerst Illustrations
Allison Moorer Composer
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