Friday, June 15, 2007

Wild Hope - Mandy Moore

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Mandy Moore's cover version album Coverage is quite the lost delight. A million miles away from her bubblegum pop days, it showed an artist maturing. It wasn't just the choice of songs, it was the all-round way she handled them; nothing sounded forced or out of place.

It's a trick Moore is hoping to replicate on new album Wild Hope. Sadly she doesn't quite manage it.

That's not to say that this is an awful album. It's well conceived, admirably put together and certainly is an enjoyable listen. It's just that it's all a little similar and often comes across as the soundtrack to a particularly "worthy" American TV series.

All that said, there's nothing here that would preclude it from being a hit album. It certainly compares well with a multitude of female singer-songwriters who get shoved down our throats on a daily basis (at the risk of upsetting certain regular readers, for instance, it's a hell of lot better than Lucie Silvas' last album) and whilst I actually doubt that it's going to sell millions and millions of copies, I hope it sells enough for her to get another crack at it. I'd like to hear what she comes up with next.

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