- Audio CD (6 May 2013)
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- Label: Cooking Vinyl
- ASIN: B00BHF9SHS
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
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On May 6th Cooking Vinyl are proud the present 'the minutes', a new album by world-renowned musical icon Alison Moyet, who has achieved sales of more than 20 million, both as a solo artist and half of influential duo Yazoo. Her first album since 2007,'the minutes' was produced by Guy Sigsworth, known for his work with Robyn, Björk, Goldie and Madonna. It finds Alison's voice as strong and seductive as ever, with immaculate-quality songs that are powerful, dramatic and captivating. It's experimental, but also keeps standards high-in-line with her illustrious track-record of pop hits. Clearly indicating a new artistic lease of life,'the minutes' is arguably Alison's most creatively- brimming album ever. It has subtle parallels to her synthpop past, but is also bang up-to-date, taking in elements of high-end pop smashes, R&B, modern club sounds and electronic experimentation.
'An extraordinary, modern-sounding and effortlessly stylish comeback' --Pop Justice
'A musical resurrection in the making' --The Huffington Post
'A musical resurrection in the making' --The Huffington Post
Top Customer Reviews
It's very unique, and at times it's quite a dark album (Right As Rain contains the following lyrics: "If you can't be happy with me, be unhappy with me, stay unhappy with me").
As I'm writing this review it is the bestselling album in "Electro and Synth". Personally I think it deserves to be the bestselling album full stop.
The Minutes sees her re-embrace her electro roots, brazenly proving that a "middle-aged woman" can be current filling a need for those of us of a certain age that want brilliant, confident, energising pop music without aggressive rap, drug culture and barely clad girls that seem to feel the need to accompany it these days.
There is a mix of songs here, some amazing and inspiring on first listen. Filigree in particular is a very harmonious number that immediately grabs the ear and Love Reign Supreme cannot fail to uplift while When I was Your Girl would not be out of place on one of Alison's early albums.
Others are slow burners like All Signs of Life (but oh! the last thirty seconds will have you raving round the living room!) but even the 'filler' on this album is of a good standard and I'm sure they'll all grow on me with time.
Some of the lyrics can be a bit random and the meanings unfathomable (is Changeling about taking your daughter to school?) but I guess good music is open to interpretation and this gives it a longer shelf.
Ms. Moyet is a music lover's wet dream and a record company's nightmare. Labels seemed only interested in her if she'd channel Etta James for mumsy covers albums - and even then only if she'd prostitute herself on reality TV. Before that, a foolish label actively sat on the glorious Hometime album for three years, because it wasn't wall-to-wall Streisandesque power ballads. So her integrity comes at a price but, time and again, and especially with `The Minutes,' Moyet is vindicated.
The renewed spring in Alison's step can be traced to a new working relationship with the estimable Guy Sigsworth. With an eclectic catalogue of diverse recordings with an even more diverse range of artists under his stylish belt, his musicality and technical nous are a natural fit for the woman who influenced so many artists.
The new electronic edge contains plenty of the iconic Moyet DNA. Just don't expect `Alf II - The Sequel.'
The trademark moodiness and lyrical magic are present and correct throughout. Tuneful edginess abounds. `Remind Yourself' and `A Place To Stay' marry aching melody and abrasive beats. `Changeling,' `When I Was Your Girl,' `Apple Kisses' and `Filigree' gang up near the bike-sheds to inflict tune wedgies on all and sundry. The joyous pop of `Love Reign Supreme' is a shaft of light in proceedings and shouts "summer hit," while `Right As Rain' marks a dark and biting return to the dancefloor.
The Minutes is a cohesive and very musical album. It is cool without being arch or deliberately trendy, and commercial without treading the middle of the road. Immerse yourself and enjoy.
Teaming up with musical maestro Guy Sigsworth (Bjork, Robyn) , 'the minutes' takes us on a trip - Moyet mentioned several times that she thought the album sounded quite 'prog'....and she's not wrong. From the majestic Bond-like orchestral flourish that announces the album opener (and highlight) 'Horizon Flame' right through to the ethereal Cocteau Twins meets Enigma meets Pendulum closing bars of Rung by the Tide, this is an album that seductively coaxes us on a journey and ensures we stay with her right to the end.
'Horizon Flame' is an icy, gorgeous taste of things to come, more of a stream of thought than a structured song, it works on every single level. The undulating backing against a stunningly understated vocal, you have to admire an artist who despite being able to take the roof off most concert halls with her range (and I've been there and can stand witness that this is the case), is confident enough in her talent to begin a much-lauded 'comeback' album with a song that feels like a soothing lullaby that sometimes sounds like she's making it up as she goes along. Which is in no way a criticism, in fact far from it - in these days of everything being so hideously overblown and over-structured, to hear a singer of this magnitude so beautifully underplay the vocals on here, that's really quite something. It's on the opening track that the partnership between Moyet and Sigsworth REALLY works. Yes, it's akin to Madonna/William Orbit's opus `Frozen' with the sweeping strings.... But it's hands-down better.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Been waiting to buy this since I saw Alison live at Manchester Pride.Published 3 months ago by Karen Prince
Its ok. Her voice doesn't let her down but I prefer the old material to this stuff. Still glad she is back though. a little dissapointed.Published 4 months ago by young skywalker
excellent album. great artist and good to see that "good 'ole vinyl" has made it's comeback. Although it's very handy that a download code is includedPublished 4 months ago by ralf braeken
I can only agree with all the many positive reviews for this album. It captures all of Alison Moyet best work from the past, but brings everything bang up to date. Read morePublished 4 months ago by GRP