Saturday, December 30, 2017

December 30th, 2017 - The Moment Of Truth For The Citrus Mistress

Hello!  The Meista here today pairing "Moment Of Truth" by Terri Nunn (of Berlin fame) and a Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Terri Nunn
  • Title: "Moment Of Truth"
  • Recorded: 1991
  • Release date: December 1991 (1st and only solo album by Terri Nunn)
  • Record company: DGC / Mercury Records
  • Production: David Z and Steve Brown
  • Album cover art: Brian Jackson and Larry Vigon (art design) and Horst Stasny (photography)
  • Personnel: Terri Nunn (lead and backing vocals) with Randy Castillo (drums), Jason P. Delaire (saxophone), Andrew Flashman (keyboards and organ), Bob Griffin (bass), Kenny Holman (saxophone), Karly Hyde (electric and acoustic guitars, 6-string bass, sitar, and backing vocals), Bruce Kurnow (harmonica), Mark Leonard (bass and keyboards), Ricky Peterson (keyboards), The Steeles (backing vocals), St. Paul Peterson (backing vocals), Tim Pierce (guitar), Levi Seacer Jr. (bass and guitar), Billy Ward (drums),  and David Z (guitar, sitar, and drums and percussion)
  • Musical style: Rock, pop rock, indie rock, and a touch of rap
  • Sound: Emotional, honest, and straightforward rock and roll.  Of the album, Nunn stated in an interview: "When I wrote this album, I'd planned to expose myself a lot more with my writing. All of the musicians I grew up idolizing and loving, that's what I loved about them - David Bowie, Grace Slick, Bonnie Raitt. They exposed themselves and how they were growing through their music. That helped me as a person, as well as listening to the music and getting off on the oral high. It was a communication."
  • Major themes: Darker and more personal than the lyrics from her Berlin days, with "Moment Of Truth", Nunn explores themes of loss, heartbreak, suicide, domestic abuse, and racism along with themes of love, lust, sex, desire, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Confession Time"
  2. "Desire Me"
  3. "Once Upon A Time"
  4. "Moment Of Truth"
  5. "Let Me Be The One"
  6. "89 Lines"
  7. "Who's Gonna Take You Home Tonight"
  8. "Go Ask The Lonely"
  9. "Too Far To Fall"
  10. "Fly By Night"
  11. "Diane"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Hop Valley Brewing Company (Springfield, Oregon)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Citrus Mistress
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • IBUs: 80
  • Ingredients: Munich malt and 6 varieties of hops
  • Pour: The Citrus Mistress pours a hazy golden amber with an off-white, 1-finger.
  • Nose: The nose is very citrusy, fruity, herbal, and lightly malty.  There are aromas of freshly cut grapefruit, tangerine peel, peach, apricot, mango, black tea, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Citrus Mistress is very hop-forward with citrusy, herbal, and earthy flavors.  There are notes of grapefruit rind, grapefruit juice, tangerine, orange peel, burnt orange, pine, black tea, fresh herbs, and light toasted malt.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Citrus Mistress is sharp, bitter, and crisp with a dry and bitter finish with lingering grapefruit notes.
Overall pairing: The hop-forward and very citrusy elements of the Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley is perfect for the rockin' and poppy punch of Terri Nunn's very underrated "Moment Of Truth"!  The tropical fruit and citrus flavors are great companions to Nunn's beautiful and sultry vocals while the bitter herbal elements go great with the crunchy guitars and lyrics.

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