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Alison Moyet - Other (Album Review)

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 Written by Ben Gallivan

After almost 40 years on the scene, Alison Moyet is still putting out exciting records (alongside the modern twist of being a highly entertaining Twitter user). For those of you born after 1990, her run began as one half of the hugely successful Yazoo alongside Vince Clarke of Depeche Mode and Erasure, who troubled the charts with amazing frequency in the early ‘80s despite only releasing two albums and evaporating soon after.

Since her debut solo album, ‘Alf’, hit shelves in 1984, Moyet has been intermittently releasing records packed with astonishingly good songs, of which ‘Other’ is the ninth.

Thankfully, she is still embracing the electronica that brought fame back in the day, and also its ongoing contrast with her bluesy contralto vocals. But things have moved on since the Yazoo days in terms of technology and there is a lush, orchestral feel to the instrumentation here.

The bass-heavy, brooding I Germinate is the perfect opener, showcasing Moyet’s stunning vocal range and also acting as an introduction to the downbeat, introspective lyrics that pepper each of the 10 songs here.

“For me, making a record at this age, lyrically, is a different proposition,” Moyet said before the LP’s arrival. “Observation in most cases replaces emotion. The invisibility of the middle-aged woman rather thrills me and instead, I watch.”

For anyone approaching this record blind it would be difficult to imagine that it was written by an artist this far into their career, such is the vitality that has clearly gone into the songwriting. The use of modern instrumentation, too, is something of a surprise as much of the record could have been recorded using more traditional means.

There are a few more surprises along the way, too. The spoken word poem April 10th works surprisingly well sandwiched in the middle of the record and it becomes a family affair with guest vocals from Alison’s daughter on The English U, which lifts the song up from what may have been something of a dud otherwise. It may have been a long time since Moyet has been considered relevant to the charts, but that’s no doubt worked in her favour here. ‘Other’ is one of her finest works to date.

Alison Moyet Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Fri October 27 2017 - CORK Opera House
Sat October 28 2017 - DUBLIN Olympia
Sun October 29 2017 - BELFAST Ulster Hall Belfast
Tue October 31 2017 - GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead
Wed November 01 2017 - GLASGOW Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Thu November 02 2017 - EDINBURGH Usher Hall
Sat November 04 2017 - IPSWICH Ipswich Regent Theatre
Sun November 05 2017 - READING Hexagon Theatre
Tue November 07 2017 - OXFORD New Theatre Oxford
Wed November 08 2017 - BRIGHTON Brighton Dome
Thu November 09 2017 - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Sat November 11 2017 - SOUTHEND Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sun November 12 2017 - CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tue November 14 2017 - LONDON London Palladium
Wed November 15 2017 - LONDON London Palladium
Thu November 16 2017 - BOURNEMOUTH Bournemouth Pavilion
Sat November 18 2017 - CARDIFF St David's Hall
Sun November 19 2017 - YORK York Barbican Centre
Mon November 20 2017 - LIVERPOOL Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wed November 22 2017 - MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall
Thu November 23 2017 - BRISTOL Colston Hall
Fri November 24 2017 - COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre
Sun November 26 2017 - NOTTINGHAM Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Mon November 27 2017 - AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
Tue November 28 2017 - SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall Southampton

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