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The Hardest Part
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Album: The Hardest Part
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Hardest Part Album Version More Info... 3:13
2)    Day You Said Goodbye Album Version More Info... 4:21
3)    It's Time I Tried Album Version More Info... 4:14
4)    Best That I Can Do Album Version More Info... 3:23
5)    Think It Over Album Version More Info... 3:58
6)    Bring Me All Your Lovin' Album Version More Info... 5:24
7)    Is It Worth It Album Version More Info... 3:23
8)    Send Down An Angel Album Version More Info... 3:48
9)    No Next Time Album Version More Info... 6:40
10)    Feeling That Feeling Again / Cold Cold Earth Album Version More Info... 7:31
 
Album: The Hardest Part
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Hardest Part Album Version More Info... 3:13
2)    Day You Said Goodbye Album Version More Info... 4:21
3)    It's Time I Tried Album Version More Info... 4:14
4)    Best That I Can Do Album Version More Info... 3:23
5)    Think It Over Album Version More Info... 3:58
6)    Bring Me All Your Lovin' Album Version More Info... 5:24
7)    Is It Worth It Album Version More Info... 3:23
8)    Send Down An Angel Album Version More Info... 3:48
9)    No Next Time Album Version More Info... 6:40
10)    Feeling That Feeling Again / Cold Cold Earth Album Version More Info... 7:31
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Allison Moorer (vocals, acoustic guitar); Lonesome Bob (vocals); Kenny Greenberg, Rick Plant (acoustic & electric guitar, banjo); Buddy Miller (electric guitar); Russ Pahl (pedal steel); Chris Carmichael, Joe Spivey (fiddle); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Marty Stuart (mandolin); Jim Hoke (harmonica); Jay Bennett (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Michael Rhodes (bass); Chad Cromwell (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Louise Red, Rick Schell, Louis Nunley, Dennis Wilson, Harry Stinson, (background vocals).
  • Producers: Kenny Greenberg, Doyle Primm, Allison Moorer.
  • Country singer Allison Moorer's sophomore effort is so far removed from the early 21st century cookie cutter Nashville pop norm it's somewhat astonishing. The gorgeous title song--with fiddle, mandolin, and banjo no less--is straight out of the Hank Williams Snr. songbook, but the song that follows is it a big mid-tempo rocker that sounds like the Black Crowes doing the Stones. And that's followed by a '60s style country weeper with full string section that could be a lost Patsy Cline record.
  • And so it goes for the rest of the album, so let's just say that Moorer--who's quite a powerful singer (think a higher-pitched version of Cher with a twang) is refreshingly eclectic and leave it at that, adding only that Jay Bennett of alt country rockers Wilco is all over the place here, notably playing Mellotron--specifically the same flute sounds heard on the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever"--on "Send Me Down an Angel." THE HARDEST PART is quite an album--and don't miss the harrowing and intensely personal hidden bonus track.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/12/00, p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The album meshes, the music is transporting....Moorer delivers with conviction and authority..."

Entertainment Weekly (12/29/00, p.146) - Ranked #3 in EW's Top 3 Country Albums of 2000.

Entertainment Weekly (10/6/00, p.87) - "...A smoldering set of torch and twang so original and seductive it sounds like an altered state..." - Rating: A
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