Album review: Alison Moyet – The Minutes
After stints in musicals, narrating plays and more, Moyet lays down more stunning vocals in a return to her electro-pop roots.
Her first album since 2007, with a stint on the road in a reformed Yazoo and a solo best-of taking up some of the intervening years, Moyet avoided listening to anything while writing this record, produced by Guy Sigsworth.
It mixes classic song structures with dubstep breakdowns (the haunting album sign-off Run By The Tide), and cuts Moyet’s unmistakable vocals with a range of synth workouts.
Right As Rain is a punchy dancefloor hit in the making, squelchy bass and jangly synths lifted by a defiant, strident Moyet exclaiming: “If you can’t find peace in my arms, find disease in my arms, as you please in my arms”.
There’s moody atmospherics in Remind Yourself, a stately electro-ballad, A Place To Stay revels in theatrical drama, while Love Reign Supreme’s cutesy synth bleeps and airy manner apes The Postal Service and All Signs Of Life treads a fine line between lifeless and graceful.
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The Minutes, all 40 of them, is enjoyable but not as groundbreaking as the hubbub hinted at.
- 1 'Extreme' noise complaint as 150 gather for Islington party
- 2 Statue of Philip Noel-Baker replaced in Islington after 35 years
- 3 Meet the owner of the Camden Passage shop window where nothing is for sale
- 4 New Lidl to open in Finsbury Park's Arts Building next week
- 5 Elderly woman robbed of precious watch in daylight Finsbury Park incident
- 6 What do smoking and People Friendly Streets have in common?
- 7 'We can do better': Islington Society calls for rethink on Barnard Park plans
- 8 New pub opens in place of The Monarch in Chalk Farm Road
- 9 Two men jailed for life after double murder
- 10 Mum-of-two 'loses everything' in Islington fire