(Reed Krakoff)


Amanda Leigh

Genre: Pop; Lead Performer: Mandy Moore

Last time we heard from Moore, on 2007’s folky Wild Hope, she went a little too far proving she was over her teen-pop past, and the result was as snoozy as it was tasteful. Titled after the name her parents gave her, Amanda Leigh is much more fun, with 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”). Considering her recent marriage to Ryan Adams, might classic-rock Mandy be something we can expect more of in the future? B+

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Originally posted May 20 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT

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