Classic Rock Society

The UK folk/ rock scene currently has a plethora of talent, particularly female artists. Last issue, I reviewed an exquisite album by Liz Simcock and hot on the heels of that comes this similarly excellent release by Abi Moore.

Partly autobiographical, this is a quite wonderful album of folk based rock on which Moore's stunningly beautiful, crystal clear voice delivers her intelligent and thought- provoking lyrics to great effect. She occasionally veers into country territory but by and large retains the folk rock approach and the outstanding moments are often the simplest with just Moore's vocals accompanied by delightfully understated accompaniment. 

A superb album and another name to add to the ever growing listing of UK folk rock talent.

Blues Matters

Having made her recording debut in 2006, this is the third album from this Lincolnshire- born singer/songwriter, and it is a rich amalgam of folk, Americana and hints of country. She is quite simply a beautiful singer, well- suited to the coffee bar circuit that she seems to have tapped into. This isn't a blues set by any stretch of the imagination, though there are elements of blues, soul, and jazz (nice Billie Holiday reference in Return to Oz) in the music from time to time, and there is a strong sense of honesty throughout.

Backing is courtesy of Abi herself on (mainly) guitars and piano, with long- time musical buddies David Booth and Andy Trill on guitars and bass, plus occasional input such as Tristan Seume adding some fine fuzz guitar to the tough funk of The Hardest Part, Nick Zala supplying pedal steel guitar and Tony Turrell on organ, all highly respected musicians. The results are immaculate, and those readers with a taste for the country flavoured side of Americana may care to check this out. 

 

Get Ready To Rock

The third album from independent Lincolnshire songstress Abi Moore is a rather pleasant affair.  Switching effortlessly between folk and Americana it should cement the growing reputation of a singer songwriter who’s had support slots for artists such as Midge Ure, LAU, Jim Moray and 10cc.

While her debut album The Aftermath of ’96 was released in 2006 to widespread acclaim, it was the follow up Things We Should Have Said in 2009 that saw wider exposure with Caffe Nero playing the album daily in all its UK stores and Abi playing 70 live Caffe Nero dates.

Ameoeba & Stone is a gentle well balanced set with a number of notable standouts – the alt/country ‘Nickajack Cave’ – an emotive number about Johnny Cash’s attempted suicide at Nickajack Cave in 1967, the wistful ‘Wishful Thinking’, and the soulful and Sade-esque ‘The Hardest Part’.

But don’t be put off by the café culture connotations – Amoeba & Stone is an excellent album that pays dividends on repeated listens and comes highly recommended to fans of the female singer songwriter genre.  ****

Maverick Magazine

Almost five years have passed since 2009's 'Things We Should've Said', Abi Moore's last release, which received unanimous praise from all who received it. Amoeba & Stone may have been some time in the making but it shows that the Lincolnshire artist is not resting on her laurels as she puts herself into the picture with several of the songs described as autobiographical, documenting what she sees as the duality of being an artist and a woman with her muse making her a difficult partner.

The result is several arresting love (or out of love) songs including the wintry 'Protection' where she sings: 'You're the woman and I'm the man/ You touch me with a mother's hand/ And would it kill me to say to you, once in a while “I love you?'

In the same vein, I Nearly Told You opens with 'I nearly did the unthinkable/ Admitted the way I felt/ I nearly told you I loved you/ In spite of myself.' Both of these songs are reminiscent of classic early seventies female confessional singers including Carole King and Laura Nyro and Moore sings wonderfully over well crafted muted backing.

The title song is given an atmospheric electric folk feel with David Booth's guitars and feedback recalling prime Fairport.

R2 (Rock N Reel) Magazine

Well played throughout. Moore has a very sweet voice.

Maverick Magazine

"Evocative and simply stunning album that highlights the voice of this up-and-coming artist so well.

Becoming something of a legend in her native Lincolnshire, Abi Moore’s career has not exactly been a run-of-the-mill success story. Attending a strict grammar school which never really tolerated its students pursuing a career in music, Abi decided well before she was 18 to make a go of it in music. With her music played in countless coffee bars in her native county and playing with a number of legendary acts, such as 10CC, this mid-twenties performer is bound for great things judging by evidence of this album.

Perhaps the best track of the twelve is “Has The Whole World Come Undone?” Covering all types of social matters from world hunger, politicians becoming increasingly greedy and even catwalk models turning more skeletal by the day, this is a track so good that it should have been released during the Civil Rights Movement and not the financial crisis. Highlighting what a great songwriter she is, this is a protest song to match the best of them; possibly even Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction.” 

With its ghostly harmonies and simple yet grand acoustic backing, “The Way It Is” has such a pleasant sound, which begs crowd participation for it to be fully enjoyed.

“Found My Voice” has the advantage of being both catchy and happy in its sound. Although not to everyone’s taste due to its pop potential, this element has to be ignored and listeners must simply sit back and enjoy this track’s very existence.

4.5 stars out of 5.”

Lincoln Drill Hall

"Abi Moore is fast becoming something of a legend... beautiful and passionate songs, superb arrangements and thought-provoking lyrics. Abi's on stage style and honesty also leave you feeling as though you've actually got to know her during one of her gigs.

Highly recommended."

The Lincolnshire Standard

"Whenever a singer-songwriter begins to make any kind of waves in the music industry, it is common practice for critics to liken them to as many other artists as they can think of.
With Abi Moore, that is a very difficult thing to do. To put it bluntly, she sounds like Abi Moore, and if you haven't heard of her yet, then you're about to!
Abi’s second album, Things We Should've Said, is a confident outing, often sassy at times, and with a really strong underlying message of optimism and hope.
If the lyrical content of this album must be likened to anyone else's, then Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. would probably be the first name springing to mind.
The album features strikingly-titled songs such as 'Has the Whole World Come Undone?' and 'World Leaders and Power Seekers' which are laced with legitimate questions as to whether ordinary people can change the state of the world; and while her dreams of seeing a change for the better may never be realised, at least she's bold enough to try.
The latter of the aforementioned tracks features a multitude of deliciously cynical couplets, with the superb "We'd rather vote for the cabaret star of the year, than vote for a leader to free our country of fear" being the absolute pick of the bunch.
It’s not all pop and politics, however, and there are some deeply emotional numbers here too, namely the six-minute album closer Tell Everyone.
Her voice boasts an immense beauty which should touch your inner soul and have the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention from the album's very beginning.
All in all, Things We Should've Said is as near to the perfect album as you're ever likely to hear, and that is no exaggeration.
There is only so long talents like Abi can stay undiscovered by the masses, and while she must never lose her independent roots, if she isn't performing at the Glastonbury Festival within the next few years, I fear Abi’s very own idea that the world has come undone may be more accurate than not!"

Real Radio

"Things We Should've Said" is the second, powerfully deep and moving album from Lincolnshire-born singer / songwriter and multi-instrumentalist- Abi Moore. If you haven't heard of her yet, you will do. Everything about her exudes charm, charisma and a gentle self-assured professionalism. She has the looks, the humility and the shrewd business acumen to go a very long way in a very shark infested river called the music industry. This is a woman who knows where she's going, and is doing everything right to make it happen and just like a self-fulfilling prophesy, it's only a matter of time before we see her grace the main stage at the top summer festivals as well as the Brit Awards, claiming her rightful accolade for 'Best New Female Act'. 

Each song from the new collection has an aspect that will touch some inner place within your soul; such is its universal appeal. It is precisely this that has opened up her music to what might be passingly called 'mass appeal'. She deals with issues and emotions that affect and influence all of our lives, and in the spirit of the great songwriters is able to capture in a breath, the very essence of the moment, for us all to identify and in the process make the music timeless. 

Every town has it's fair share of singer songwriters, many of whom can write half decent songs and deliver them in a convincing way, but Abi's album… well, you'd be hard pushed not to think that it was straight out of the album charts. It's not only the sheer production values of the sound, nor the arrangements and fine musicianship that puts this CD up there, comparable with all the artists that she admires (whom, incidentally, suddenly sound like contemporaries) but it's the sincerity and pitch-perfect clarity of her voice that shines through. A voice, which at once can sound 'sassy' and dismissive and at the next turn can almost melt you with it's exposed vulnerability. 

"I’ve learned so much, so fast" she says in the song 'Too young to understand' from her new album, and she means it ...on many levels. And for the 'twenty-something' that she is, she displays a maturity of writing and delivery far beyond her years. These delicately layered and beautifully crafted tunes unfold like a glorious picture book, revealing details and ciarascuro at every turn. Songs such as 'Has The Whole World Come Undone' and 'World Leaders and Power Seekers' allude to the optimistic view that the world can be changed by us ordinary folks, and when you hear those thoughts expressed by a voice that harks back to the platinum-selling velvety sophistication of Karen Carpenter or Joni Mitchell, it's hard not to buy in to her vision. 

If you get the chance to see Abi live in the very near future, I'd advise you to not miss the opportunity now before she's whisked up by some major label and only plays concert venues in major cities. She is, without doubt, a true star. The world just doesn't know it yet.”

Leeds Music Promotions

"Abi’s Caffe Nero tour continues to go from strength to strength as her intelligent, thoughtful lyrics and personality shine through like a beacon. Having seen Abi perform her finely-tuned set at one of her Leeds lunch-time gigs, it was clear to see why she becomes an instant hit wherever she plays. She has a warmth and charm that is very rare in these modern times and makes her performance of the track "Has The Whole World Come Undone?" become very surreal and even more thought-provoking. However miserable or depressed you may feel as you take your place in the espresso coffee queue, by the time you have spent 30 minutes in the company of Abi Moore, you leave uplifted and surrounded by your own feel-good body-armour, supplied by a very special person and performer. Hopefully this tour will launch Abi to new heights, and her soon to be released DVD "Live at Lincoln Drill Hall" is sure to be on many discerning music-lovers Christmas List."

Leeds Music Promotions

"The release of Abi Moore’s second album “Things We Should’ve Said” and her tour of Caffe Nero stores in the UK, starting on 1st August and lasting until 30th Sept, will enable new audiences to see why Abi Moore is quickly being regarded as one of the finest female song-writers the UK has produced in a long-time. From the first track, “Let My Ship Sail” which will have audiences joining in for many years to come, followed by “Has The Whole World Come Undone?” where Abi raises a relevant message on the “instant” culture and fame obsessed world we presently live in and leaves you thinking and nodding your approval. The piano intro of “Just Breathe Out” is perfect for a song praising fulfilment and counting your blessings while “World Leaders and Power Seekers” has a 1960’s feel to it. After Abi produces a powerful vocal performance throughout “The Way It Is” she then gives a pop dimension to the CD with an interesting finish on the track “Found My Voice” before moving on to even more thoughtful and heart-felt tracks to finish a very polished and impressive album. Abi’s ship is definitely sailing to the sea of success."

www.virtualfestivals.com

"Abi Moore had the audience cheering away; her perfectly formed set was one of the highlights of the Rising Stage."

Lincoln Chronicle

“It is no coincidence that the cover of Lincoln singer/songwriter Abi Moore’s debut album is a diary. Inside is an honest and sometimes courageous chronicle of the past decade, of relationships and incidents and most notably the death of her best friend ten years ago, which forms the basis of Holding On.

But there is a freshness, even an optimism about “The Aftermath of ’96,” mirrored in the quiet strength of several of these tracks, the independence of songs like When The Devil Calls, (“All the lessons that I learned in life, I learned them on my own”) and the very fact that Abi herself has written, played, sung, recorded, mixed and produced pretty much everything here.

Her voice is central to its appeal, reminiscent of Texas chanteuse Sharleen Spiteri at times and beautiful throughout, underlined by gently persuasive melodies and excellent arrangements, notably on opener Circles with its jazzy guitar and the rolling piano and gospel energy of Let It Go.

Yet the set’s standout track is not autobiographical at all but inspired by The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Prophecy (Part I) showcasing the breadth of her nascent musical vision while also capturing a sense of wonder and the story’s implicit spirituality. An impressive and emotionally involving introduction to a bright new talent.”

Flyin' Shoes

Americana singer-songwriter, Lincolnshire’s Abi Moore is one of those artistic talents who has fought hard independently, to gain major recognition. She has made a good fist of it too. Her second album Things We Should’ve Said (2009) was taken up by major chains Prezzo and Caffe Nero. The latter outlet played her albums daily in its stores, and in doing so Moore’s famed spread considerably. 

Amoeba & Stone is Moore’s third album. A rare talent, her sensitive songwriting has her this time focus on the virtues and mysteries of true love as she reflects on her own experiences, questioning at the same time if you can possibly find it and if it exists, obtain it without getting burned.

She even writes a song about Johnny Cash’s attempted suicide it Nickajack Cave; this was when in 1967 he went deep into the cave caring little whether he would see blues skies again. Fittingly, her wistful, rambling (in a probing fashion) lyrics enjoy some pedal steel, and ‘softbanjo’ as the powerful tale unfolds. Otherwise her songs are more often than not autobiographical as broken relationships figure, and how on pop folk piece she is “All Outta Sympathy” before admitting her heart almost got the best of her. As she speaks of “I Nearly Told You” she is found in confessional mood.

Others of note include an easy flowing “Return To Oz” as she accompanies herself on acoustic guitar and pizzicato strings, before demanding more attention from the listener on “The Hardest Part”. Here she speaks of how she should have listened to her heart when she listened to her head; a powerful song that focuses on how lessons are there to be learnt, some before the relationship breaks, others at a time of reflection.

File alongside the likes of Lucy Kaplansky, Carrie Newcomer and Shawn Colvin in no particular order.