Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Crows

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Crows

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CROWS

Allison Moorer (Rykodisc, 2010)

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Last night I warned a college writing class against assuming that the "speaker" of a poem was in fact the poet. But it's hard to ignore the life behind Allison Moorer's art. Moorer was 14 when she and her sister witnessed their father kill their mother and then himself.

Moorer has been in the news as the seventh bride of legendary country-rocker Steve Earle. I'll pass on psychoanalyzing the marriage, but it's hard to miss the fact that at least half of the lyrics to Crows' 13 mostly somber tunes are about sadness and depression. At least three have staying in bed and hiding from the world as a theme. Desperate prayers abound throughout, including one addressed to St. Jude. Even one of the only up-tempo tunes, "The Broken Girl," features a "la, la, la" backing chorus behind the line, "How'd she get so blue? Who broke her in two?"

Moorer says the low-key tone of the music came from writing the songs on piano instead of guitar, although acoustic guitars are out front in the recorded versions. …

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