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A sharp new edge,
This review is from: The Minutes (Audio CD)
`The Minutes' shoots down every hoary old preconception of what Alison Moyet is about. Of course, those who have been paying attention to the trajectory of her output will already have spotted that she doesn't repeat herself.
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.
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Initial post: 11 May 2013 00:41:28 BDT
Kudos, Tony - this might be the best review on Amazon I've ever read. You've described Alison, those of us who love her, and her uneven career journey to a T.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2013 22:49:24 BDT
Johnny Myo says:
'Music lover's wet dream and a record company's nightmare.'
Couldn't have put it better myself! Thank goodness she stuck to her guns.
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