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Classic Album Review: Abra Moore | Everything Changed

The Texas singer-songwriter's comeback is like getting a letter from an old friend.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Everything changed? And how.

Back in 1997, Abra Moore was riding high on the success of the strummy single Four-Leaf Clover. Not long after that, however, her professional luck ran out — her followup CD No Fear was pulled at the last second after the Austin singer-songwriter allegedly balked at her label’s plan to mould her into an adult-pop starlet a la Vanessa Carlton. Two years after that debacle, Moore edges back into the game with this 13-song offering, which recasts about half of the No Fear tracks and brings us up to speed with a handful of newer cuts. Not surprisingly, perhaps, many tunes — especially the new tracks — are fairly melancholy, intimate meditations on perseverance, hardship and overcoming obstacles. But as usual, Moore’s lyrical honesty, girlishly unaffected voice and simple roots-pop songcraft win you over, making Everything Changed as heartwarming as getting a letter out of the blue from an old friend. Here’s hoping her luck is changing for the better.