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SHELBY LYNNE & ALLISON MOORER —NOT YET DARK (Silver Cross Records – Thirty Tigers)

http://www.shelbylynne.com

http://www.allisonmoorer.com

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It has been a long wait, an album from sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer, Both are extremely talented ladies in their own right, and though they have made less outstanding albums than their talent warrant I will forever be in their respective corner. Willing them both to come through with that elusive, dream record. If they haven’t always done themselves full justice, they are so gifted it is unreal, and in Not Yet Dark they show what the fuss is all about as the voices of the Southern girls blend seamlessly.  

 

Making an album together sees them do an album of covers, all but their co-write “It All Gets Too Much”. Though this isn’t new to them, the former having dedicated to Dusty Springfield (Just A Little Lovin’) and Moorer with her album of covers Mockingbird. Produced by Teddy Thompson Not Yet Dark has been a long time in coming, but I can genuinely say the wait has been worth it.

 

“Not Dark Yet” is a Bob Dylan song and the girls really go for it. With Benmont Tench on organ and them in inspired form they nail it (I can’t think of anyone milking the lyrics like they do!). Likewise can be said of Moorer’s lead on “My List”, surrounded by tasteful piano, a feature of the album the artful playing kindles the flame, perfectly. After the beautiful opening track it gets even better as they breeze, effortlessly through Charlie and Ira Louvins’ “Every Time You Leave”. Once again I don’t think anyone could have done as good a job, never mind better! Stunning! Next up you have the much-covered “I’m Looking For Blue Eyes”, a wonderful song and with Lynne seeing a good deal of the spotlight it warms my soul greatly. As for Townes Van Zandt’s “Lungs” such is the timeless beauty of the song and work of the writer not for the first time it prompted me to recalculate his worth as a songwriter. It was already way higher than most other writer alive or otherwise, but here his standing rose to another level in my estimation! He will yours too, just go take a detailed listen to the poignant lyrics. So evocative, and with Lynne and Moorer performing with equal conviction you have a treasure.

 

Moorer leads them through Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires’ “The Color of My Dreams”, and they just had to do something from Merle Haggard (“Silver Wings”). There great harmonies ensure the song sees yet another wonderful cover. Sadly, the album goes out with a whimper as they cover songs by Nick Cave and Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) before bowing out, gracefully with their own, sombre tune “Is It Too Much”.

 

                                                                    Maurice Hope         

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Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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