Picks and Pans Review: Allison Moorer

UPDATED 07/03/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/03/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

Getting Somewhere

With the expressive ache in her voice, Moorer is one of the best country-pop singers around. This smart, ingratiating album, produced by husband Steve Earle, showcases her vivid vocals to great effect. From the rocking "Work to Do" and the unabashedly romantic "If It's Just for Today" to the introspective "You'll Never Know," her versatility is on full display. So are her emotions, especially on two very personal songs: "Where You Are," a pledge of sibling loyalty to sister Shelby Lynne, and "How She Does It," a thoughtful tribute to her mom who, when Moorer was 14, was murdered by the singer's father before he killed himself. [STARS 3.5]

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