Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer - Not Dark Yet review: slow-burning siblings with soul

Tue, Aug 15, 2017, 13:24


Not Dark Yet

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer

Silver Cross Records/Thirty Tigers


Roots music comes in all shades and styles, but what sets the best apart is the sense that it comes from the heart – in this case, hearts shaped by pain.

For their long-awaited debut duo album, smokey country soul (and real-life) sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer, guided by inspired producer Teddy Thompson, are bravely eclectic in their song selection. Rock is represented by My List (The Killers), Into My Arms (Nick Cave) and a disappointing Lithium (Nirvana), while Nashville would recognise Every Time You Leave (The Louvin Brothers), I’m Looking for Blue Eyes (Jessi Coulter) and Silver Wings (Merle Haggard).

Add in Dylan’s title track, a quality Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires song and the sisters’ sole composition, the slow-burning Is It Too Much. The result is a smouldering celebration of country torch, two sisters in harmony in every sense.