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Miss Fortune [Allison Moorer] [008817029528]

  • 1. Tumbling Down
    2. Cold in California
    3. Let Go
    4. Ruby Jewel Was Here
    5. Can't Get There from Here
    6. Steal the Sun
    7. Up This High
    8. Hey Jezebel
    9. Mark My Word
    10. No Place for a Heart
    11. Yessirree
    12. Going Down
    13. Dying Breed
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 170295

  • Credits
    ProducerR.S. Field
    EngineerJim DeMain

    Personnel includes: Allison Moorer (vocals, acoustic guitar); Rob McNelley, (acoustic & electric guitars); Michael Noble (acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro); Jay Bennet, R.S. Field, David Griss (electric guitar); Chris Carmichael (violin); Jim Hoke (clarinet, tenor & baritone saxophones); Billy Huber (euphonium); Neil Rosengarden (French horn); Michael Webb (Wurlitzer piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards); Russ Pahl, Allison Presswood (bass); Greg Morrow (drums, percussion); Rick Schell (percussion, background vocals); Manfred Jerome (percussion); Yvonne Hodges, Kim Morrison (background vocals).
    Personnel: Allison Moorer (background vocals); Rob McNelley (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Michael Noble (acoustic guitar, dobro, banjo); Jay Bennett (electric guitar, mandolin, organ); David Grissom, R.S. Field (electric guitar); Russ Pahl (slide guitar); Chris Carmichael (violin, fiddle, strings); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Steve Conn (accordion, clarinet, piano); Jim Hoke (saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Neal Rosengarden (trumpet, French horn, euphonium); Billy Huber (trombone, bass trombone, euphonium); Michael Webb (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Rick Schell (drums, percussion, background vocals); Greg Morrow (drums, percussion); Kenneth Blevins (drums); Manfred Jerome (percussion); Kim Morrison, Jared Reynolds, Yvonne Hodges (background vocals).
    Recording information: OmniSound Recording Studio.
    Photographer: Jim Herrington.
    Don't tell anybody, but tasteful country artiste Allison Moorer is in fact the younger sister of pop crossover manque Shelby Lynne. Moorer's PR downplays the connection, presumably to enable her work (quite rightly) to stand on its own merits, but knowing that branch of the family tree makes it all the more impressive to note how Moorer steadfastly refuses to dilute her music with pop trappings in a grab for the mainstream-appeal brass ring. Instead, MISS FORTUNE is full of the kind of quietly sophisticated songwriting and humbly elegant arrangements that wouldn't have sounded out of place in Nashville's late-'60s radio heyday. All this would be for naught, of course, were it not for the communicative powers of Moorer's voice, flexible enough to bend any melody to its will, but worldly wise enough to avoid bravura displays in favor of straightforward storytelling and unpretentious emoting. That's what country is supposed to be all about.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (9/5/02, p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...She has matured into a slick Seventies style of singer-songwriter soft rock....If there's a more soulful country singer than Moorer on the current scene, she's doing a damn good job of keeping herself hidden..."
    Q (8/02, p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...That gloriously lusty voice is here, as are some tastily organic coountry-soul arrangements..."
    Uncut (9/02, p.114) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...finds her moving delightfully nearer the terrain occupied by sister Shelby Lynne."
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