Amanda Leigh

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Amanda Leigh is Mandy Moore's full given name, so it stands to reason that this, her sixth album, finds the pop starlet turned singer/songwriter getting real -- not necessarily confessional, but intimate, a record that follows the form and feel of her AAA makeover, Wild Hope. Amanda Leigh improves on that mannered, earnest record not by abandoning or heavily reworking the template (one that has essentially been in place ever since Mandy discovered '70s singer/songwriters on her 2003 covers album, Coverage), but by strengthening its foundation through working with sympathetic collaborators, chiefly Mike Viola, the singer/songwriter behind the Candy Butchers who ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Amanda Leigh is Mandy Moore's full given name, so it stands to reason that this, her sixth album, finds the pop starlet turned singer/songwriter getting real -- not necessarily confessional, but intimate, a record that follows the form and feel of her AAA makeover, Wild Hope. Amanda Leigh improves on that mannered, earnest record not by abandoning or heavily reworking the template (one that has essentially been in place ever since Mandy discovered '70s singer/songwriters on her 2003 covers album, Coverage), but by strengthening its foundation through working with sympathetic collaborators, chiefly Mike Viola, the singer/songwriter behind the Candy Butchers who has also written period-specific pastiches for the films Walk Hard and That Thing You Do. Viola works on all but one song here -- Lori McKenna, a Wild Hope veteran, is responsible for "Every Blue" -- and Inara George, half of the Bird and the Bee, contributes to three tunes, and their work helps steer Moore toward the neo-classicist pop she's been striving to create for the better part of a decade now. Echoes of her oft-cited '70s pop inspirations abound -- particularly Joni Mitchell, but also Harry Nilsson on the tinkling pianos of "Pocket Philosopher" and Todd Rundgren, whose influence reverberates on "I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week," the liveliest thing here -- but emphasizing these influences too strongly is misleading, suggesting Amanda Leigh is a funky hippie throwback when it's very much a product of its upscale tasteful times, a clean, classy collection of AAA pop recalling a user-friendly Fiona Apple or friendlier Jenny Lewis as much, if not more, than a '70s canyon lady. Everything about Amanda Leigh is just a shade too precise -- the production too transparent, the singing too on the nose, the mood too subdued -- to achieve the homespun quality Moore so cherishes, but a large part of Mandy's appeal is her good taste and her clean way with a song, something that is readily apparent and often winning on Amanda Leigh. She'll never be a child of nature or a pop auteur -- she's still too much a showbiz kid for that -- but she has successfully dropped all the tacky accoutrements of her past and turned into a sweet, classy singer/songwriter whose charms are readily apparent here, her best adult pop record yet.
Entertainment Weekly - Mikael Wood
...twisty-turny melodies (''Merrimack River''); jazzy, Broadway-influenced arrangements (''Pocket Philosopher''); and one track that sounds — improbably enough — like Fragile-era Yes (''Song About Home''). [B+]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Storefront
  • UPC: 766929946323
  • Catalog Number: 99463

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mandy Moore Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Rebecca Young Art Direction
Mike Viola Composer
Inara George Composer
Lori McKenna Composer
Mandy Moore Composer
McKenna Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different in a good way!

    This Cd is very different from her CD...Best of Mandy Moore...
    She has such a beautiful voice...this CD is more soothing.
    Not upbeat as the other one....I'm not sorry I bought this CD...

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    Posted May 28, 2009

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