Amanda Leigh 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,… Amanda Leigh 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,… 2009-05-26 Mandy Moore Pop
Music Review

Amanda Leigh (2009)

NO MORE CANDY: Mandy Moore ditches teen-pop for classic rock
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NO MORE CANDY: Mandy Moore ditches teen-pop for classic rock
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 26, 2009; Lead Performance: Mandy Moore; Genre: Pop

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+

Download This: Listen to the song Pocket Philosopher at smokinnewmusic.com

Originally posted May 18, 2009 Published in issue #1049 May 29, 2009 Order article reprints
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