Alison Moyet - Classic or Dud; Search and Destroy

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one great track (the first time ever i saw your face) made me pick up and listen to "the singles", only got to number 7 though, is there anything else rather than the one i mentioned to search? does anyone like alison moyet?

pina, Sunday, 24 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Dud. Was in the right place at the right time (ie Southend-on-Sea c1981) by getting into a collaborative thing with Vince Clarke. Fawning press about 'soulful' voice led to a viable solo career.

I thought her voice was horribly bellowing and unsoulful, although "All Cried Out" wasn't a bad track (or at least I remember it that way). Thinking about this has reminded me that her stuff was produced by Swain & Jolley, who also did Bananarama and Imagination (and who would make a stupidly obscure 'c or d' or 's & d').

David, Sunday, 24 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

search: my v.late-80s dream abt her comeback, gimmick being that THIS TIME SHE IS ONE INCH HIGH!! Debut show (which I attend in my dream): bus-stop in Graham Road, just where it meets Mare Street. Meaning of dream = you tell me

Classic: being called Alf

I think "Only You" itself stands up, but Vince Clarke's very obvious speedy loss of interest indicated a real lack in AM's own imagination re scope etc...

Imagination were GRATE (fer abt three singles, anyway). Didn't Swain and Jolley also do Spandau Ballet? Did we do THEM yet?

mark s, Sunday, 24 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Didn't Swain and Jolley also do Spandau Ballet?

As far as I'm aware their stuff (at least in their peak period) was produced by Richard Burgess (ex-drummer of Landscape).

David, Sunday, 24 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I think we just entered hell...

mark s, Sunday, 24 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Absolute classic (in my book) = 'Is this Love?'

I'm willing to believe that the rest is awful.

alex thomson, Monday, 25 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Having once been, er, dumped with this album playing in the background, I can't listen to it in quite the same way as I used to. However, I'm still extremely fond of Weak in the Presence of Beauty and Is This Love. The woman who won Stars In Their Eyes as Alison Moyet was fantastic.

Madchen, Monday, 25 June 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
What the hell are your problems? You people must have the most horrible taste in the world. How can anyone praise Alison's crappy bubblegum synth pop songs from the 80s and then completely ignore her richer more complex songs from the 90s? As far as I'm concerned, her artistic career did not even start until the album "Hoodoo." Everything before that was light-weight, trite, and boring. Her "Singles" album is a horribly ecclectic and misleading mixture of her repertoire. Who cares which of her songs were the highest rated singles. Since when does the opinion of the masses equate with good taste? Her best songs were the ones ignored by stodgy djs and radio program directors. Oh and I think Alison has an incredible voice, she just needs to use it for quality material.

Derek, Sunday, 5 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Am listening to 'Whispering Your Name' for about the 30th time since I downloaded it off WINMX. Haunting blend of lyics, voice and dance-mix rhythm.

ev, Sunday, 12 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
I have to sort of agree with Derek earlier. Yazoo was fantastic but everything from Hoodoo on (including her new album Hometime) is absolutely brilliant. Anyone who thinks otherwise has suffered a most debilitating labotomy. Of course that is just my opinion but it is the right opinion so you better share it! ;)

Jesse Kertamus, Friday, 11 October 2002 21:05 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
She's classic for "Invisible" alone.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Monday, 28 February 2005 16:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i still think her show in my dream at a hackney bus-stop when one-inch-high was the pinnacle of her career!

mark s (mark s), Monday, 28 February 2005 17:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

She coulda been the closest thing to Dusty Springfield. As it was, "Do You Ever Wonder" came damn close; its lack of a proper U.S. release was utterly tragic to me.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Monday, 28 February 2005 17:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Revive – just head "Invisible" and wonder how on earth with a voice this beautiful never found the right collaboraters.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Friday, 17 June 2005 16:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

er, *how on earth anyone with a voice this beautiful

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Friday, 17 June 2005 16:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

I'm right.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 3 January 2013 03:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Fun fact: Her solo debut, from 1984, was maybe the second or third album I ever reviewed for the Voice. Pretty hacky/inept (not to mention ambivalent) review too, iirc. (Didn't like any tracks as much as Yazoo's best singles, but didn't make much of an issue about it I don't think.) Maybe someday I'll dig it out and quote the worst parts here.

xhuxk, Thursday, 3 January 2013 03:47 (five years ago) Permalink

It's not a great album and certainly no patch on Yazoo's best.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 3 January 2013 03:55 (five years ago) Permalink

"invisible" is a wonderful single

too many encores (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 3 January 2013 04:08 (five years ago) Permalink

LOVE HER.

go to party leather (ENBB), Thursday, 3 January 2013 04:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Always thought her track on the very special Christmas album my family played in the car every year was weird and awesome. Heard yazoo on the collab spotify list and diggin that as well

toy_sleigher (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 3 January 2013 06:44 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah her coventry carol is lovely

Midnight is what i think of when i think of her. that low intro & that huge chorus *teary*

she's awesome

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 3 January 2013 07:04 (five years ago) Permalink

always forget just how big a star she was, albeit briefly, back in the day

http://liveaid.free.fr/rewind/bbc/images/065mccartney/04.jpg

piscesx, Thursday, 3 January 2013 18:05 (five years ago) Permalink

I will admit here that I thought she and Paul Young's cover of "That's The Way Love Is" at Live Aid totally worked.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 3 January 2013 18:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Her thing with Tricky, 'Make a Change', puts her voice to fine use

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Friday, 4 January 2013 01:40 (five years ago) Permalink

she also wrote a good song with King Britt in 2001.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 4 January 2013 01:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Always thought her album Hometime was a lost classic. In addition to the aforementioned "Do You Ever Wonder", this is also a gem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjQbMxqYWWw

chris_coolidge, Friday, 4 January 2013 03:25 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

So her new album The Minutes is really doing it for me right now!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 14 June 2013 20:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Am listening to 'Whispering Your Name' for about the 30th time since I downloaded it off WINMX. Haunting blend of lyics, voice and dance-mix rhythm.

this. Like she's just WAAAAIIIIITING-GUH

kinder, Friday, 14 June 2013 22:43 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

New album Other sounds in spots like she's been listening to Roisin Murphy.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:42 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Other is fantastic, and even better than The Minutes ... one of those LP's from last year that I'm still playing the shit out of.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 8 July 2018 09:11 (four months ago) Permalink

Also, it fucking sucks that in order to get to this thread via search, I have to wade through all those really shitty joke threads.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 8 July 2018 09:15 (four months ago) Permalink


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