Mandy Moore Tries New Sound on “Amanda Leigh”
Amongst all the Blonde Brigade of pop stars from the early 2000′s, Mandy Moore was the one that seemed as though she didn’t really want to be a part of the group. She sang record label fodder from “Candy,” to “Crush,” and also gave a tear-jerker performance in “A Walk to Remember,” with Shane West. Plus, she has that self-deprecating personality that you just can’t help but like. She tells New York Magazine, “We got grouped together for obvious reasons, but I was slightly younger than all of them, and I felt like the nerdy outcast, the little sister, if you will.”
Well, a lot has changed since she was part of the Blonde Brigade, and she’s now a married woman (to singer Ryan Adams), and has released another new album that is a departure from that pop tart sound. She worked with producer Mike Viola on the album called “Amanda Leigh,” that is more classic rock than folksy pop. Check out the track, “Pocket Philosopher,” which makes you want to go for a drive down the freeway when the weather’s gorgeous out.
She may have started off as a label darling but Moore is trying to figure out her own sound and voice as an artist. This latest venture shows she’s definitely grown up. “Amanda Leigh,” will be released on May 26, 2009.