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Duel (2004)

Artist: Allison Moorer
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Format: CD
Sku: 60629093
UPC: 015891398426
UPC 14: 00015891398426
Release Date: 4/13/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I Ain't Giving Up On You ~ Allison Moorer
2. Baby Dreamer ~ Allison Moorer
3. Melancholy Polly ~ Allison Moorer
4. Believe You Me ~ Allison Moorer
5. One On The House ~ Allison Moorer
6. All Aboard ~ Allison Moorer
7. Duel, The ~ Allison Moorer
8. When Will You Ever Come Down ~ Allison Moorer
9. Louise Is In The Blue Moon ~ Allison Moorer
10. Once Upon A Time She Said ~ Allison Moorer
11. Sing Me To Sleep ~ Allison Moorer
Allison Moorer

She made her live debut, singing "A Softer Place to Fall" from the Horse Whisperer soundtrack, on the 1999 Academy Awards telecast. Since then, Allison Moorer, with her gloriously husky voice and brilliantly blunt songwriting, has quickly taken a place alongside such celebrated anti-Nashville stalwarts as Steve Earle, Kelly Willis, The Mavericks, Emmylou Harris, and Lyle Lovett.

Where Allison Moorer's last studio album was an elegant, sophisticated update on classic southern country soul, her Sugar Hill Records debut The Duel is heedless and blunt, and a little bit rough around the edges. The opening guitar figure on "I Ain't Giving Up On You," for example, isn't exactly studio house-broken. This is intentional.

Allison and her husband/co-producer/songwriting partner Doyle "Butch" Primm and co-producer R.S Field took a new, thoroughly unrehearsed band into the studio and cut eleven songs in a dozen days. Butch even lured Field into picking up his drumsticks for the first time in 18 years. And the rest of the core ensemble--Adam Landry (Stateside, The Sways), John Davis (Superdrag)--are hardly your first-call Nashville session dudes.

But The Duel isn't exactly a rock record. It's simply the newest installment in the series of deeply personal and profoundly beautiful albums Moorer has made. It's a wee bit louder, that's all.

"By far her best yet.  Logo
"This is the bravest country album of the year.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Allison Moorer (vocals); Adam Landry, John Davis.
Muze PNote Recorded at House Of David, Nashville, Tennessee.
Muze PNote Personnel: Allison Moorer (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, background vocals); John Davis (electric guitar, steel guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, background vocals); Sonny Red (harmonica); Steve Conn (piano, organ); R.S. Field (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Richard McLaurin.
Muze PNote Recording information: House Of David, Nashville, TN.
Muze PNote Photographer: Marina Chavez.
Muze PNote Once upon a time, Allison Moorer was a country artist who sang for a major record label. It might be easy then, to see her switch to Sugar Hill as a back-to-the-basics move, a reconnection with her country roots. Moorer, however, isn't that predictable, and The Duel -- while many things -- isn't country. In fact, the opening cut -- "I Ain't Giving Up on You" -- sounds a lot like classic rock and most of the album follows this course. This is interesting, in that Moorer's a strong writer, and it would've been easy to fall back on a tasteful country-folk production and become a fairly typical singer/songwriter. Instead, Moorer's plucky vocals, along with Adam Landry's electric guitar work and R.S. Field's steady backbeat, turn a song like "Melancholy Polly" into an easy-rolling romp. Another factor that makes the songs on The Duel so effective is that Moorer, besides being good at penning lyrics, is smart enough to write catchy hooks. This means that the listener doesn't have to be into the lyrics of "When Will You Ever Come Down" to enjoy the intriguing chord progressions. Even when country elements enter the picture, like John Davis' steel on "One on the House," one is reminded of Neil Young's Harvest more than country. Moorer seems to have found a comfortable spot to express her artistic whim at her new label, and The Duel is the happy result. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.

Producer: The Primms; R.S. Field

Engineer: Richard McLaurin

Artist Overview

Like big sister Shelby Lynne, Allison Moorer deals in a brand of country that pays heed to a rich history of music from Nashville and beyond, while forging her own patent voice. Moorer's impassioned, gin-soaked vocals hit a haunting note on her 1998 debut single, "A Soft Place to Fall," a minor country hit that led into the critically lauded ALABAMA SONG. A frequent collaborator with husband Steve Earle, Moorer gained a wider audience as the original duet partner on Kid Rock's "Picture." Her 2008 album, MOCKINGBIRD, an impressively diverse collection of covers, elegantly illustrated the breadth of her talent.

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Associated Artists and Works

Kid Rock
Rock, Kid

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/13/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : SHCD 3984
Music Label Name Label : Sugar Hill
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00015891398426

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.72)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he singer stalks the beat, just behind raggedly rocking guitars....The deep undertow of her voice evokes bad-ass old boys such as George Jones..."

Entertainment Weekly (4/16/04, p.77)
- "[A] jagged, Neil Young-influenced album..." - Rating: B

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "Her voice is very effective in the lovelorn stretch of the emotional-band-width..."

The Guardian 6 of 10
The Duel finds her reversing, inexplicably, into a ponderous version of early-1970s country r - Adam Sweeting

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Moorer,Allison
Product attributeLabel:   Sugarhill Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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