With 'Silver Landings,' Mandy Moore Reclaims Her First Love, Music : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN The teen pop-turned-TV star shares what it was like working with her husband, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, on her new album, and how he helped her return to songwriting.

With 'Silver Landings,' Mandy Moore Reclaims Her First Love, Music

Mandy Moore On World Cafe

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"Easy Target" - Silver Linings
"Candy" - So Real
"Fifteen" - Silver Landings
"Trying My Best Los Angeles" - Silver Landings
"When I Wasn't Watching" - Silver Landings

There's no other way to say it – Mandy Moore is incredibly charming. When you talk to her, it's easy to see how she became a breakout pop star at just 15. She's got a bright smile, warm demeanor and boundless enthusiasm. Welcoming and exuberent, she's what you might call bubbly.

Years removed from her teen pop days, Moore's got the kind of wisdom that comes from decades spent navigating Hollywood and overcoming some pretty serious self-doubt. Her life has changed a lot over the past few years: These days, she plays a starring role on the TV series This Is Us, and she's also married to fellow musician, Taylor Goldsmith, the frontperson of Dawes.

I spoke to Mandy Moore back in April about all of that, and about her new album, Silver Landings, which she co-wrote with Goldsmith, who also performs on the record. We start this session with her song "Save a Little for Yourself."

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