Coverage [Limited w/DVD]

Coverage [Limited w/DVD]

by Mandy Moore
     
 

Mandy Moore doesn't capture the headlines the way Britney, Christina, or, thanks to MTV's revelation of her status as the dumb blonde for the new millennium, Jessica Simpson do, but working under the radar is a good place for her to be. While greater attention was paid to her peers, Moore proved that she's a genuine, credible actress in ASee more details below

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Mandy Moore doesn't capture the headlines the way Britney, Christina, or, thanks to MTV's revelation of her status as the dumb blonde for the new millennium, Jessica Simpson do, but working under the radar is a good place for her to be. While greater attention was paid to her peers, Moore proved that she's a genuine, credible actress in A Walk to Remember and How to Deal, far outshining Britney's turn in Crossroads; she never succumbed to the Stripped antics of Xtina; and every career decision she'd made so far, choosing classy albeit glossy mainstream projects, displays that she has more smarts than Simpson. Where all the aforementioned divas were more or less hidebound to fashion and dance-pop, Moore decided to broaden her horizons and position herself for a long-term career with her third album, Coverage. With this record, she leaves dance-pop behind and heads toward mature pop -- and in a far more effective fashion than Jessica Simpson's Andy Williams revamp In This Skin -- by positioning herself, with the assistance of producer/engineer John Fields, as a pop
ock singer by covering classic singer/songwriters such as Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, and Elton John, as well as cult pop icons like XTC's Andy Partridge, Mike Scott of the Waterboys, Joe Jackson, and Todd Rundgren. Though the selections Moore and Fields have made are predictable -- each songwriter is showcased by one of his or her best-known songs, with the arguable exception of "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" for Elton and Bernie Taupin -- that does make sense, since it piques curiosity: listeners will want to know how does Mandy Moore sing "Can We Still Be Friends," "I Feel the Earth Move," and "Senses Working Overtime." The answer: pretty good, actually. Moore still has the problem of being a more likeable vocalist than a knockout singer, but she makes up for her lack of pizzazz through her hard work and good taste. While it is true that it is disarming to hear some of these songs cleaned and polished for mainstream radio, at times the reworking can be quite effective, as on the surging "The Whole of the Moon" (the best of the alt-pop reworkings) and the passionate take on Joan Armatrading's "Drop the Pilot" (the best singer/songwriter reworking). And while there is some awkwardness here -- mainly deriving from Moore's plain-spoken, earnest delivery and Fields' slightly fussy, slick arrangements not quite suiting the idiosyncrasies of these songs -- it's refreshing to hear an aspiring pop singer work with a strong set of songs by distinctive writers instead of cookie-cutter professional tunesmiths who only have the charts in mind. Moore and Fields still have the charts in mind, but they're trying to do something of substance within the modern mature-pop framework, and while Coverage isn't always successful, it is always admirable and likeable, and certainly puts Moore on the right path for an interesting, successful career. [Coverage was also released as a limited-edition two-disc set with a different cover -- the regular edition has a sweet photo, the limited a very sexy one -- and a bonus DVD containing the music video for John Hiatt's "Have a Little Faith in Me" and track-by-track discussion of the album.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2003
Label:
Epic Japan
UPC:
4547366012316
catalogNumber:
277/8
Rank:
201348

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mandy Moore   Primary Artist,Vocals
Brian Gallagher   Flute,Saxophone
Danny Wilde   Vocals
Jim Anton   Bass
Tommy Barbarella   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano
Michael Bland   Drums
Evan Dando   Acoustic Guitar
John Fields   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,French Horn,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Sitar,Vocals,Guitar (Leslie),Guitar (Baritone)
Dave Jensen   Trumpet
Kathy Jensen   Baritone Saxophone
Phil Solem   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Steve Strand   Trumpet
Andy Sturmer   Drums,Vocals
Jeff Victor   Piano
Dan Wilson   Vocals
Willie Wisely   Vocals
Noah Levy   Drums
Eric Heywood   Pedal Steel Guitar
Don Bonebrake   Vibes
Ken Chastain   Bass,Percussion,Tambourine
Mike Ruekberg   Acoustic Guitar
Jordon Zadorozny   Guitar
Dirk Freymuth   Guitar,Vocals
Dorian Crozier   Percussion,Drums
Matt Mahaffey   Piano,Drums,chamberlain,Mini Moog
George Scot McKelvey   Guitar
Sheldon Gomberg   Bass
Kenny Holmen   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Loren Gold   Piano
Kevin Augunas   Electric Bass
Jimmy Coup   Acoustic Guitar
Billy Hawn   Percussion
Julius Collins   Vocals
Ameena Khawaja   Cello
Audrey Solomon   Violin
Danielle Nesmith   Violin

Technical Credits

Joan Armatrading   Composer
Debbie Harry   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Joe Jackson   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Todd Rundgren   Composer
Carly Simon   Composer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
J.J. Jackson   Composer
Andy Partridge   Composer
John Fields   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Nigel Harrison   Composer
J.R. Mitchell   Composer
Mike Scott   Composer
Andy Sturmer   Engineer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Jason Orris   Engineer
Julian Peploe   Art Direction
Dorian Crozier   Engineer
Matt Mahaffey   Engineer
Josh Myers   String Arrangements
Kevin Augunas   Engineer
Chris Testa   Engineer

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