Elizabeth Moen possesses a big, soulful voice that can take you places. But unlike other divas who are all about technique, the Iowa native also has big things on her mind and can write music and lyrics that match her impressive set of pipes. On her 2018 album, A Million Miles Away, Moen demonstrates her mastery of raw-throated, powerful soul (“Red”), bluesy balladry (“Best I Can Do,” “Planetarium”), breezy folk-pop (“Matilda”) and countrified roots-rock (“Triple Scoop”). “Time hasn’t been much help … Time, she isn’t always right and doesn’t seem to have your back,” she laments on “Time Is a Shitty Friend,” a subdued and beguiling ballad that gives way to a compelling, harder-rocking chorus in which Moen breaks free from it all.
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