Monday, April 6, 2009

From the Pile: Mandy Moore's Amanda Leigh

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 2:56 PM

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So it's been a hot minute since we sifted through the pile and pulled out something to weigh in on. To be perfectly honest, I mainly opt to do that when the pile (more of a stack, really) genuinely threatens to topple and crush me. But this week, a young lady by the name of Laura Smith sorted through the stack and came across Mandy Moore's latest. Laura is our editorial intern, but she's way faster than me at listings and a good writer, to boot. Methinks I'll have to take her down a peg before she swipes my job. Here's what she has to say about Ms. Moore's forthcoming album:

Artist: Mandy Moore

Album: Amanda Leigh

Label: Storefront Entertainment

Release date: May 26, 2009

Mandy Moore's upcoming release, Amanda Leigh, landed in my lap this week, inducing a well-timed bit of nostalgia for the turn of the century--those heady days of yore when pop princesses held court with the boys of the backstreet in the musical Candyland of my youth. I have since been released on good behavior from that pop prison, but I distinctly remember watching my younger sisters perform interpretive dance around the living room to Mandy's cavity-inducing classics from A Walk to Remember. Upon listening to Moore's latest, I found myself desperately desiring a run to forget. (Clever, right?) My cubicle became a purgatory of stale lyrics and syrupy melodies for the 36 minutes I spent waiting for the next track to mellow out on the pop and bring in the advertised "alt-country" vibe. Try to imagine the auditory equivalent of playing chubby bunny with weeks-old Marshmallow Peeps, track after track. Perhaps I had better let Mandy lyrically speak for herself: "I could break your heart any day of the week / Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...Thursday, Friday, Saturday...Sunday rolls around, but that's another story." If you're looking for the uncomfortable shakes of a pop sugar rush, have a listen. I'm admittedly not in the target market; it's just what I found in the pile. --Laura Smith


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