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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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
  • EAN: 4547366012316
  • Catalog Number: 277/8
  • Sales rank: 252,005

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, Guitar, 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, 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
D.J. 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
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    mandy's best yet!

    I own all of Mandy's cds. This is by far her best effort. All of the songs are catchy and she has a sweet, likeable voice. It is a compilation of many hits from other artists. I love "Have A Little Faith In Me," John Hiatt's hit, as well as "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," an Elton John song. She gives new life to the songs. I was not familiar with most of the arists nor the songs before getting the cd, and it prompted me to go out and buy cds by the artists mandy covered. This cd definitely reveals a more mature side of mandy. I hope that she makes more cds in the future like this one! (However, I don't think it's worth the money to purchase the version with the DVD.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT!

    This is a great new CD from Mandy Moore.. a new her... more mature. i am a great fan of Mandy... and i just want to say to her: Mandy, keep rolling out those CD's!!!

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