12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Alison Moyet came to national attention as half of the synth-pop duo Yazoo (a.k.a. Yaz), she hasn't released a formidable electronic-based studio album since the '80s. The Minutes, her first new album in six years, was brought to fruition with producer Guy Sigsworth, who made his mark on records by Madonna, Björk, and Britney Spears. Together, they have an incredible amount of fun. The adventurous rhythms and dubstep challenges of "Changeling" create an excitement that's nicely balanced by the more moderate (but still aggressive) arrangements of "When I Was Your Girl," where Moyet sounds like the victorious torch singer fans dreamed she could be. But what fans love most is what she has to say, and songs like "Remind Yourself" and "A Place to Stay" speak from Moyet's heart in ways that few singers ever accomplish. "Filigree"—here in a standard version and an expansive and rocking West Coast Mix—suggests a bit of what Yaz could've been in the year 2013.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Alison Moyet came to national attention as half of the synth-pop duo Yazoo (a.k.a. Yaz), she hasn't released a formidable electronic-based studio album since the '80s. The Minutes, her first new album in six years, was brought to fruition with producer Guy Sigsworth, who made his mark on records by Madonna, Björk, and Britney Spears. Together, they have an incredible amount of fun. The adventurous rhythms and dubstep challenges of "Changeling" create an excitement that's nicely balanced by the more moderate (but still aggressive) arrangements of "When I Was Your Girl," where Moyet sounds like the victorious torch singer fans dreamed she could be. But what fans love most is what she has to say, and songs like "Remind Yourself" and "A Place to Stay" speak from Moyet's heart in ways that few singers ever accomplish. "Filigree"—here in a standard version and an expansive and rocking West Coast Mix—suggests a bit of what Yaz could've been in the year 2013.

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About Alison Moyet

Alison Moyet, a British pop singer with a remarkably bluesy voice, began her professional career with synth pop duo Yazoo (Yaz in the U.S.) in the early '80s. In 1983, Moyet began a solo career, releasing her debut album, Alf, the following year. Alf was a major success in Britain, hitting number one on the charts and launching the hit singles "Invisible," "All Cried Out," and "Love Resurrection"; it was a minor hit in the U.S., with "Invisible" cracking the Top 40. In 1985, Moyet toured with a jazz band led by John Altman; the group recorded a version of Billie Holiday's "That Ole Devil Called Love," which became her biggest British hit, even though the group received poor reviews.

In 1986, Moyet had another major U.K. hit with "Is This Love?," which was released while she was recording her second solo album. Raindancing appeared in 1987 and it was another big British hit, peaking at number two and featuring the Top Ten hits "Weak in the Presence of Beauty" and "Love Letters." The record also charted in the U.S., reaching number 94. In 1991, she released her third album, Hoodoo, which was her most musically ambitious collection to date, though it didn't match the commercial success of her previous albums. Essex, her fourth album, arrived in 1994, and she released a greatest-hits collection, Singles, the following year.

After a nearly nine-year layoff involving litigation with her longtime label, Sony, she signed with Sanctuary Records for 2002's Hometime, produced by the Insects. Two years later and filled with standards, Voice arrived. In 2005, the album was reissued in America with her version of "Alfie" as a bonus track. After joining the W14 Music label in late 2006, Moyet released The Turn in October 2007.

Signing a new worldwide deal with London-based label Cooking Vinyl, Moyet returned to a more electronic sound with her eighth studio album, The Minutes, issued in 2013. It became her highest-charting album since Raindancing in the U.K., reaching number five. A couple of live records followed in 2014's full-length Minutes and Seconds: Live and 2015's Live for Burberry, an EP recorded during that year's London Fashion Week. Inviting back The Minutes' Guy Sigsworth to produce, her ninth studio LP, Other, arrived in June 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

HOMETOWN
Basildon, Essex, England
GENRE
Pop
BORN
June 18, 1961

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