3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good, if not a little pointless.,
This review is from: Reconnected Live: Experience Edition (Audio CD)
Don't get me wrong, I loved Yazoo. Alison Moyet's deep, bluesy singing shouldn't have worked to a backing of tinkling synthesizer melodies, but it did, and it worked well.
I was overjoyed to hear them reform to tour a couple of years ago, and since I was unable to attend the live shows, this album seemed like a good substitute. But there's a problem. It may not be a problem for anyone else, but it certainly marred my enjoyment of the album.
And it's this: Yazoo's songs were always simple, elegant pop songs, which Alison Moyet sang with ease. 25 years experience as a singer of a variety of styles and backings, and she can handle her debut material without even breaking into a sweat. Vince Clarke, I suspect, has never thrown a synth away in his life, or if he has, then he has sampled up every sound the machine could possibly produce before consigning it to the recycle bin. Which means that the backing tracks to the music, are almost identical to their studio counterparts.
Since Yazoo only had a short career originally (two albums and four singles, one of which was non-album), if you're a fan, you'll have all the tracks on here already, and, crowd noise aside, nearly identical to the live versions.
So be warned. It's a good album, with a great sound and a fantastic collection of early 80's pop songs, but for my taste, far too similar to the studio originals to warrant getting overly excited about.