She's not an ordinary girl ! A Review of Alison Moyet's New Album "The Minutes" Published October 16th 2013 By Xander Gibb
No genre of music stirs me more than Electro, being an 80's kid, it was a major part of my music listening. Realizing that Alison Moyet had released a brand new album, her first electro album since the 80's in fact, I was in fact to say the least tickled pink. After watching the video for "Changeling" one of the singles from the album, I was on a mission to get it! Having been a lifelong fan of Alison Moyet, I in usual Xanny G fashion tweeted her & she responded as she has done on several occasions. Finding out the Album was on general release, I was right on the I-Tunes site & clicking buy. So I fully admit that I am a superfan of Miss Moyet but I have to say I was pretty much blown away. This was musically fantastic & vocally splendid. Just the high standard you would expect.
The songs were new fresh & pretty much modernized electro, with Moyet's usual haunting chill resonance with every song. Although everyone will have their own favorites, my finger was on the replay for several, including Changeling, Horizon Flame, & Love Reign Supreme. Having said that choosing which song to cover will be a much harder task given the songs are all catchy, intriguing & of the highest caliber.
As those of you who appreciate my music will know I credit Alison with some responsibility for sculpting my own musical style & love of electro along with others. Few artists have spanned over 30 years with continual quality & classic songs, but I am so glad she has managed to do so. I along with others have waited patiently for this album & am grateful for this musical succor.
As with all of this artists work, the songs are real & have a visually stimulating story, no shooby dooby bs here no siree! The evolution in Moyet's artistry is evident, however the early stuff is just as good. I challenge anyone to know the lyrics to every song as well as me, except perhaps Miss Moyet herself of course.
What would make this album even more perfect, if that is possible, would be to get my hands on a sign red vinyl L.P but alas, this superfan missed out. I would however settle for being able to interview Miss Moyet on my popular Radio Show, Xandermonium. Sundays 5pm EST, so if you do happen to read this review Alison, please come be a guest on my show.
Clearly working with Guy Sigsworth has given Electro a whole new grown up & more exciting feel, coupled with Alison's vocals, this really hits the spot! I heartily recommend you go right now & buy a copy of "The Minutes" by the fabulous Alison Moyet, or I might have to go flirt with your boyfriend. Seriously though, go buy this fabulous album! The best yet!
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Xander Gibb has written for many publications and writes with an unapologetic response to the world around.