Alison Moyet, “Horizon Flame [Live]” (2014): One Track Mind

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Alison Moyet, like most artists of her generation, rose to fame using a synthesized musical palette, before ultimately choosing to work with a flash-and-bone band. Her return to a keyboard-focused sound, however, has proven to be triumphal — a culmination of everything she began as part of Yaz with Depeche Mode’s Vince Clarke but, at the same time, something brand new.

“Horizon Flame,” a key track from Moyet’s forthcoming minutes and seconds – live, illustrates the point, as her darkly alluring contralto works in brilliant contrast over a synthpop music bed created by MD John Garden and Sean McGhee. There’s the swirling sadness of “Only You,” but also the steely strength of “Situation,” completed with an additional shading of very adult loss.

This concert recording, due November 10, 2014 via Cooking Vinyl, follows her long-awaited studio comeback the minutes, which represented Moyet’s first new music since 2007 — and her return to the sound that hurtled her to fame on Upstairs at Eric’s. Listeners responded, sending the project to a No. 5 UK debut.

Elsewhere on minutes and seconds – live, Alison Moyet works similar magic on the aforementioned Yaz cuts, as well as key solo songs like “All Cried Out” and selections from her most recent album. Intrigued? Moyet is on the road this month in Europe, and will join with fellow ’80s-era hitmakers Culture Club for a UK arena tour in December.

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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