"No one's out there desperately waiting for my next album," Moore told Billboard earlier this year.
"No one's out there desperately waiting for my next album," Moore told Billboard earlier this year. "I have so much fun doing film stuff, and I feel really fulfilled creatively doing that right now. So I have to do the music my way. It means too much to me. I can't just go into the studio and make a crappy pop record to please somebody else."
Moore did quite the opposite on "Wild Hope," an appealing folk-pop confection likely to appeal to fans of Norah Jones, Michelle Branch or Corinne Bailey Rae. The set arrives this week via Firm Music.
"Now I'm ready to be extraordinary," Moore sings with audible relief in one cut, over strummy acoustic guitar and vintage-soul electric piano. In another, the Aimee Mann-ish "All Good Things," she celebrates the fact that she's "got so much space now." "Gardenia," a dramatic ballad Moore wrote with Canadian superstar Chantal Kreviazuk, is perhaps the album's most mature cut: "I'm the one who likes gardenia," she sings over unadorned piano, "I'm the one who likes to make love on the floor."
"It means a lot to me to make something that's mine," Moore says. "It's a passion project. It won't matter if it doesn't sell tons or have this high level of success."