Alison Moyet has recently released her latest album, the minutes. Photo: Tom Martin
It was wonderful news when Alison Moyet announced she was going to release a new album (the minutes) this year, and an even bigger surprise when it charted so highly in the UK charts (at Number Five, her second-highest-charting studio album there since 1987’s Raindancing to be precise)—a remarkable feat for any artist, especially one who hasn’t released new material in seven years and more specifically—in what remains a sexist industry—a woman. First came the staggeringly brilliant giveaway track, “Changeling,” which highlights her collaboration—in the truest sense of the word—with electronic maestro Guy Sigsworth (Madonna, Björk), and signaled an electronic return to her earlier work with Vince Clarke as one half of synth pop’s legendary Yazoo/Yaz. This was followed by the first, proper single, the subtly layered jewel, “When I Was Your Girl.” Not convinced? Google her recent live performance of it on Graham Norton’s show and listen to not only her diction and enunciation—missing from so much of today’s pop—but witness how a true singer truly sings.