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Classic Album Review: Mandy Moore | Coverage

The teen-popster tries (and fails) to earn credibility with a set of classic covers.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


It’s a real headscratcher: Should we roll our eyes, grit our teeth and be pissed that pop-starlet Mandy Moore has the audacity to think she can buy some musical cred and suck up to adult listeners by butchering classic songs from the likes of XTC’s Andy Partridge (Senses Working Overtime), The Waterboys Mike Scott (The Whole Of The Moon), Todd Rundgren (Can We Still Be Friends), Blondie (One Way Or Another), Joni Mitchell (Help Me), Joe Jackson (Breaking Us In Two) and Joan Armatrading (Drop the Pilot)? Or should we shrug, relax and hope that even though Moore has all the emotional range of a Canadian Idol reject, perhaps this set of toothless, sickly sweet pop pap might prompt a few folks to go back and check out the originals? Frankly, I’m not sure. But I do know this: Either way, somem of the artists above might gonna get a decent paycheque out of the deal.