By Alanna Nash
Updated October 06, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

On Allison Moorer’s The Hardest Part, the follow up to her elegant 1998 debut, Shelby Lynne’s kid sister once again delivers a smoldering set of torch and twang so original and seductive it sounds like an altered state. Whether harking back to the countrypolitan intimacy of Tammy Wynette or telling of her own parents’ murder suicide in an old style folk ballad, the soulful, redheaded singer songwriter makes every tune a perfect nugget of barely contained emotion. A