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  • Audio CD (14 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0002MH5X6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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1. Windmills of Your Mind
2. The Man I Love
3. Almost Blue
4. Je Crois Entendre Encore
5. What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?
6. God Give Me Strength
7. The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies-o!
8. Dido's Lament: When I Am Laid In Earth
9. La Chanson des Vieux Amants
10. Cry Me A River
11. Bye Bye Blackbird

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Following on from the success of her Brit nominated album Hometime (2002), Alison Moyet releases Voice. Produced and arranged by Academy Award winner Anne Dudley, this album is certain to become an all-time classic. It is a collection of songs by other composers – a radical diversion for Moyet who has chosen in this instance to concentrate on her instrument alone. The album includes standards such as "The Man I Love", "Cry Me a River" and Michel Legrand's "Windmills of Your Mind". Voice further showcases Moyet's tone and phrasing, her eclectic tastes, and above all--her voice at its best.

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There is, undeniably, a ripe contemporary market flush with youngsters peddling variations on easy listening, swing and even opera. However, Voice--Alison Moyet's new covers album of jazz, lounge and romantic opera spanning Bacharach to LeGrand, Jacques Brel to Henry Purcell--stands apart from all that with a detached air of solemn academic nous. Working with a small classical orchestra (arrangements courtesy of film score Oscar winner and former Art Of Noise honcho Anne Dudley) Moyet performs some time-honoured standards ( a sleepy Gershwin's 'The Man I Love', a distinctly unjolly 'Bye Bye Blackbird') with distinction but, rather sensibly, eschews animative Rat Pack brio in favour of crestfallen introspection. Any album, therefore, where the happiest song is 'Cry Me A River' and where the liveliest song is a traditional folk ballad addressing ethnic cleansing in 17th Century Scotland can hardly be expected to put smiles on the faces of young children. Voice is probably easier to admire than to love. However, for Moyet, this has been a callisthenic exercise in self-improvement and there's no denying that her version of 'Almost Blue' betters the recent efforts of Mrs Costello or that her solid performances of Bizet and Purcell warrant favourable comparisons to Bowie's dalliances with the works of Brecht and Weill. --Kevin Maidment

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By T. Kavanagh on 26 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Covers albums can be awkward things but, in the capable hands of Alison Moyet, such a project is born with ease. Never one to rest on her laurels, Moyet (in the company of Anne Dudley) elegantly commandeers a stunning breadth of standards and classics without stooping to lowest common denominator.
Freed from the constraints of songwriting, Alison Moyet uses her instrument, that incredible voice, to delve into the character and spirit of each song. Imbuing each one with her unique character and charm, she manages to make "The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies-O" and "Bye Bye Blackbird" sit comfortably alongside Elvis Costello's "Almost Blue".
Other highlights - and, boy, there are many! - include the assured jazzy delivery of "The Man I Love" and "Cry Me A River"; the heartbreak of Bacharach/Costello's modern gem, "God Give Me Strength"; the heart-stopping darkness of "Dido's Lament" and Brel's "La Chanson Des Vieux Amants".
Make no mistake, these songs are no longer in the common domain: they are now utterly Alison Moyet's.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Butcher on 11 Sept. 2004
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Though initially a little bemused by the the choices for this covers album and not gleaming a common thread,it soon becomes clear that its the pace, orchestration and beutiful moody tone that makes 'Voice' an album rather than merely a collection of songs. Its undeniably true that vocally Moyet has actually improved with age. She can still soar solulfully but there is also a broader range and more refrain and control when its needed. 'God Give me Strength' being a great example. Not every note is soul shouting as it might have been in her Alf days. She alsmost whispers the lament of a lost lover but then soars into a plead for help in the words of the chorus. Windmills of Your Mind is beautifully haunting and Almost Blue is even more accomplished than the Costello original (which was pretty good anyway)! Even the more obscure choises such as the folk song Wraggle Taggle Gypsies Oh, grows on you after a few plays. It picks up the pace a little in what is essentially a late night - or soaking in the bath with a glass of wine - collection of songs. If you lost Alison Moyet after her 80's Album 'Alf' then get this and her previous album - 'Hometime' (easily her best self penned release). You will be in for a treat.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven Moses on 22 Sept. 2004
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There's no doubt that Alison Moyet owns one of the best white female voices around. Over a career spanning over twenty years she has produced enough classic songs solo and with Yazoo to fill at least three best of albums. Sadly there aren't many songs (if any) from this covers collection that can add to that repertoire.
The main problem with a covers album is that the listener compares the modern version with the (often superior) original and this is sadly the case here with the majority of the material. The album kicks off well with 'Windmills of Your Mind' and 'The Man I Love' and a quite superb interpretation of Elvis Costello's 'Almost Blue'. Included with the sleeve notes is Moyet's explanation for the choice of music song-by-song. Rather than interpret the music in a new and different way she has chosen music that is meaningful to her and as such hasn't tinkered a great deal with the arrangements. She's clearly (and rightly so) a Costello devotee but 2 songs later manages to almost murder Bacharach and Costello's 'God Give Me Strength'. Anyone who has heard the original and the album it is from will realise that Costello sings at the top of his range throughout much of the song and as so imbues a real sense of the emotion of the lyrics. The song is poorly paced and appallingly arranged and doesn't showcase Moyet's considerable talent.
Brel's 'La Chanson des Vieux Amants' is quite superb and almost made this a 4 star album for me. Had Moyet, like Scott Walker, produced an album of Brel covers then that may have produced an absolute classic. As this stands it's unhappily a very hit-and-miss affair.
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Although in the past I have mostly enjoyed Alison Moyet's output I could always take her or leave her. There were some nice songs but a lot of fillers as well.
This album is not one to be ignored. It is beautiful! It starts of with my favourite song of all time "Windmills of your mind" and this joins an long list of brilliant interpretations of this song.
The voice stays constant but the styles change throughout the album, there is a couple of Elvis Costello song that captures his singing style. There is a folkish type song "The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies-O" which would put a lot of people off but it is probably one of the two best tracks on the album. The other contender is "La chanson des vieux amants". As it is sung in French I have no idea what it is about but it is a Jacques Brel song that he would be proud of if he were around to hear it. Powerful even if you have no idea what exactly is going on-my guess would be heart ache and lost love.
If only more artists could be this creative with their output. More please.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Becker on 10 Mar. 2005
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plug myself into the discussion regarding cover versions.
Being not familiar with the originals i was just doing a little research and finally , it became clear how very much Alison Moyet brings these songs straight to their point and essence in a very stripped down way. This is truly amazing since all these different styles and songs put together into a context and being connected in a cycle of song they fit so well together and making perfect sense in laying out a very personal map of an emotional landscape. This is what a song is about - at last, just to make it an expression of yourself or what you are going through.
From the circles of ones mind to
the wish for love
to unhappy love
to lost love
to the illusionary dream and vison of love
to dying of (lost)love
to the chanson of the old lovers
to finally getting over it
and leaving it behind (in the means of NOT trancending your lack of self-loving onto someone else's (lack of) love)
Well this is quite brilliant. Play repeat and go for another round. Just like real live.
This is not just voice, rather than someone raising her voice in song, after she finally found her own voice.
Seing Alison Moyet on her hometime-tour it was amazing to recognize her new-found artistical confidence.
She now excactly knows what she is doing and how to do it.
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