Music: Alabama Song

Allison Moorer

A newcomer to Nashville, Moorer writes songs that have an airy, panoramic sound and enough lonesome twang to fill a steel-guitar convention. She also comes with an impressive calling card: her lovely acoustic ballad A Soft Place to Fall was a breakout hit from the soundtrack to last spring's The Horse Whisperer. Moorer's deft songwriting proves she can live up to the advance billing. Classic mid-tempo heartbreakers like Tell Me Baby and Set You Free are her specialty, coaxing a gorgeously plaintive edge from her voice. Moorer may not have the pipes to belt it out like k.d. lang, nor the...

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