|All Artists: Ian Moore|
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Yep Roc Records
Release Date: 8/24/2004
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Adult Alternative, Blues Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
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ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS
Mojo Pin | Baton Rouge, La. | 08/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ian Moore never fails to progress with each album. From his first self titled album as a blues guitar hero to "And All The Colors" as a brillant singer/songwriter, Ian has been a huge inspiration for me. I saw Ian twice in the past year, and I was honored to see these songs evolve. IN my opinion, this is one of the most honest efforts Ian has ever released. The collaboration with Chris Dye is amazing..Do yourself a favor and buy this record!"
William Greer Jr. | Denver, CO USA | 11/28/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan of Ian's since 1996. He remains one of the singular best live performers I've ever seen - to see an Ian Moore show is an experience unlike many others.
And, I should say that I am also a fan of the "new" Ian Moore. Much has been said of his transition from a "guitar-slinging hero" to a more introspective singer-songwriter. I find the transition one of growth and inspiration. In fact, Ian's previous studio release "And All The Colors..." is among my most treasured recordings.
I sensed that Ian was going for the complete transition on this recording. I've really tried as hard as I could to like it - I've locked myself in a room and listened to it end-to-end a few times now. I can't warm up to it. The songs are too simple, the melodies lack the unexpected twists that make many of the songs on "Colors" great, and the lyrics aren't in my opinion, up to Ian's standard.
I can definitely see what he is going for here, and based on the other reviews I can tell I'm in the minority among Ian Moore appreciaters, but I simply don't like this disc."
+1/2 -- Impressive blend of folk, country and psychedelia
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 10/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Those who already know Moore may only know him from his previous incarnation as a guitar-slinging Texan. Those who haven't heard his earlier work will have a hard time connecting his earlier blues-rock background to his current folk-rock inflected alt.country sound. His latest betrays few hints of his past, filling out this disc (his sixth) with superb pop melodies and adventurous arrangements that layer harmony and echo on meters that effortlessly flow from pop 4/4 to dreamy waltz-time interludes.
Touch-points like Jeff Buckley's introspective folk and Wilco's pop constructs are fleshed out by loping tempos, as well as pedal steel that is more atmosphere than twang. The 7+ minute "Caroline" is a lush Badfinger-like construct that alternates between concise melodic pop and trippy psychedelia. Having recorded this album over many months with a revolving set of musicians in several cities and along the road, the songs explore a wide range of styles, including the shuffling country soul of "April," the jazzy blues of "Abilene," and the otherworldly Theramin-inspired "Ordinary People." It's a heady collection of sophisticated sounds that mixes primary elements with shadings of trip-hop.
When Moore cranks up the rock 'n' roll electricity, as he does for "New Day," it's more a wall-of-buzz (with Penny Lane-ish trumpets) than Texas blues. Even the rootsy dobro rant "Bastard" sounds as though it were processed through a bit of Tom Waits' alley-way sensibility. Moore's lyrics are similarly sophisticated, mixing allegory with word play for poetic effect, but without destroying the narratives or characters. His sketch of Antarctic explorer Sir Robert Scott's dramatically portrays the mariner's failed attempt to reach the South Pole before anyone else (he was beaten by Norwegian Roald Amundsen), and his death on the return journey.
Perhaps the album's greatest achievement is how effortlessly it combines its breadth of style and depth of experimentation. Rather than sounding constructed, it sounds like an organic whole that tumbled out of Moore's imagination. There's a great deal of craft in the unusual, detailed arrangements, but like the lyrics, singing and playing, it's in service of fashioning a superbly coherent result from often disparate ingredients."