released Feb 9th, 2010

from the album - The Broken Girl

YouTube - Allison Moorer "The Broken Girl" (Studio Session)

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Allison Moorer was born into a musical family and raised in the small southern Alabama town of Frankville; when Moorer's father shot her mother and then turned the gun on himself, older sister Shelby Lynne soon to become a country singer herself took charge of raising Allison. After attending the University of South Alabama, Moorer moved to Nashville, hoping to get her start as a studio backing vocalist. She struck up a songwriting partnership with musician and future husband Butch Primm, and soon signed a publishing deal. Performances of Walter Hyatt's "Tell Me Baby" at benefit shows for the late singer's family landed Moorer a contract with MCA Nashville. Moorer's big break came when "A Soft Place to Fall," a track she had co-written with Gwil Owen, was tapped for inclusion on the soundtrack of The Horse Whisperer; it garnered rave reviews, as well as an appearance in the film itself for Moorer, and set the stage for the singer's 1998 debut album, Alabama Song. She returned with another solo effort in 2000 with The Hardest Part. Two years later, Moorer had a new deal with Universal South and released a third album, Miss Fortune, later that summer. Show, which was recorded in January 2003 at Nashville's 12th & Porter, appeared in June. Her sister and Kid Rock joined Moorer for this first-time live recording. Not slowing down, Moorer found a new label home with Sugar Hill in early 2004. The Duel, recorded with a new studio band in less than two weeks, was released in April of 2004. Two years later her sixth album, Getting Somewhere, came out, followed by Mockingbird in early 2008.

album review from la times

An album named for a creature often viewed as a harbinger of doom given to a batch of songs more than half of which are written in minor keys promises some heavy emotional going. And on "Crows," Alabama-born singer and songwriter Allison Moorer's first collection of original material in four years, she's wrestling with how to find some sort of acceptance of life's dark side.

Moorer and big sister Shelby Lynne were orphaned as children when their father killed their mother and then himself.

Her honesty in exploring the underpinnings of depression reveal the potential for liberation in facing one's demons. That process allows her to truly savor the sweet moments she celebrates in "Easy in the Summertime," a reverie of youth that quickly transcends the stock-image concoctions so common in contemporary country music.

Moorer and producer R.S. Field go for sonic atmospherics that ideally frame her songs, from a Chris Isaak-like down-in-the-tunnel-of-broken-love grandeur for "Goodbye to the Ground" to the flamenco-folk drama of "Just Another Fool." "The Stars and I (Mama's Song)" is a poetically compact expression of love, a powerful hymn carried aloft on a simple three-chord progression.

In the one song on the album she didn't write -- one composed by Field -- she sings "It's Gonna Feel Good (When It Stops Hurting)." Wringing beauty from her pain, Moorer creates music that illustrates an age-old truism: Without sorrow, there is no joy.

Track Listing

1 Abalone Sky Moorer 3:37
2 Goodbye to the Ground Moorer 4:02
3 Just Another Fool Moorer 2:46
4 The Broken Girl Moorer 3:36
5 Should I Be Concerned Moorer 4:44
6 When You Wake Up Feeling Bad Moorer 2:40
7 Easy in the Summertime Moorer 4:12
8 The Stars & I (Mama's Song) Moorer 3:11
9 Still This Side of Gone Moorer 4:05
10 Like the Rain Moorer 3:46
11 Sorrow (Don't Come Around) Moorer 3:57
12 It's Gonna Feel Good (When It Stops Hurting) Field 3:34
13 Crows Moorer 3:57