Given the limited compositional skills of country crooner Allison Moorer, the release of this covers album isn’t surprising (especially after sister Shelby Lynne just put out that lame tribute to Dusty Springfield), but choosing to record only songs by women is an intriguing twist. It might actually have made for a great comeback album if Moorer had dug a little deeper for more appropriate material.
Certainly, she could’ve found something better to reinterpret by Joni Mitchell than the well-worn Both Sides Now, and Patti Smith’s Dancing Barefoot seems weirdly incongruous on the album sequenced after a maudlin reading of June Carter Cash’s Ring Of Fire. And out of all the powerfully moving songs associated with Nina Simone, Moorer could only come up with I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl? Really? Call it an opportunity missed.
Allison Moorer joins her husband Steve Earle at Massey Hall Tuesday (March 4).