Lorrie Morgan

Letting Go... Slow

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Lorrie Morgan spent most of the 2010s quietly, teaming up with Pam Tillis for 2013's Dos Divas, but otherwise keeping her powder dry until 2016's Letting Go…Slow, her first solo album since 2009's A Moment in Time. Released on the indie Shanachie, Letting Go…Slow feels as hushed as its title suggests, proceeding at a relaxed gait as Morgan alternates between covers and originals. She's not beyond throwing a curveball -- Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" bounces to a slight reggae lilt, and she picks up the tempo on the wry, funny, original "Jesus & Hairspray" -- but this feels handsomely settled, its arrangements spare but not skeletal, pushing focus on the warmth of Morgan's voice. What's best about Letting Go…Slow is its relaxed conversational intimacy: this plays not like a missive from a star but like a long, lazy talk between old friends.

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