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The Duel Orphaned as a 14-year-old by her parents' murder-suicide, the liquid-voiced Allison Moorer has long parsed the fine print of heaven and hell. On the...The DuelCountry Orphaned as a 14-year-old by her parents' murder-suicide, the liquid-voiced Allison Moorer has long parsed the fine print of heaven and hell. On the...2004-04-16
Allison Moorer

(Allison Moorer: Marina Chavez)

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The Duel

Genre: Country; Lead Performer: Allison Moorer; Producer (group): Sugar Hill; Status: In Season

Orphaned as a 14-year-old by her parents’ murder-suicide, the liquid-voiced Allison Moorer has long parsed the fine print of heaven and hell. On the title song of The Duel, her jagged, Neil Young-influenced new album, a disconsolate woman stands at a grave site and squares off against the Almighty. Though Moorer’s haunting characters delay the inevitable by juggling booze and pills, their struggle ends with redemption: They, and Moorer, get right with God after all.

Originally posted April 16 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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