I find it easy to root for Mandy Moore. Despite her bubble gum music roots, it's been clear for some time that she's serious about finding herself as an artist. Her 2007 album, Wild Hope, was a good effort but lacked a standout single and also struck me as a little too adult contemporary for such a young, vibrant artist.
Well, if this first single from her new album is any indication, it sounds like Ms. Moore has found a way to add some sass and spunk to her pop sensibilities. The video for her song "I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week" is super cool and has Moore leaning on a wall, watching a group of martial artists kicking and bashing stuff. She looks great and even gets in on some of the butt-kicking action herself near the end.
And the song. The song! It's so adorable and catchy. I'm really impressed and can't wait to hear more from her. The album, Amanda Leigh, is due out May 26. To watch the video for yourself,