Silver Landings (Verve)
Among the crop of teen singers she initially broke through with in the early 2000’s, Mandy Moore has taken the most interesting path. While the others became almost cartoonish in their willingness to hit the charts, Moore instead began a gravitation towards her own artistic satisfaction.
Silver Landings finds Moore breaking free of Ryan Adams, and landing squarely in the somewhat-low-fi world of producer Mike Viola, who knows a little something about making nifty records. As co-writers, they’re a perfect fit, as these ten songs prove. “I’d Rather Lose” is slinky and cool, like a lost pre-MTV Fleetwood Mac track. “Trying My Best, Los Angeles” laments being stuck in life, and the beautiful closer “Silver Landings” is hopeful even as Moore sounds like she’s been crushed by sadness.
Her most mature work to date, Silver Landings is a record made to last, and I’m betting it will. The songs are just too deep not to.