ALISON MOYET – OTHER
Released: 16 June 2017
- I Germinate
- Lover, Go
- The English U
- The Rarest Birds
- Beautiful Gun
- Reassuring Pinches
- April 10th
- Happy Giddy
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
The latest release from veteran British pop singer Alison Moyet, Other, is a beautifully crafted album from start to finish, and the first release of new material we have seen from her since 2013. Other is her ninth studio album and will definitely be a winner with fans old and new.
With a track list of ten songs and running for just over 40 minutes, it is the perfect length to keep you captivated without losing interest. Other covers many genres of music, including electronica, orchestral, pop, and jazz, all held together by the remarkable voice that is Alison Moyet.
Opening song I Germinate and the final song Alive make perfect bookends to this stunning album, which is a little more electronic pop than what we have heard from her of late. Lover, Go, and The English U are both wonderful and suit the album perfectly. Happy Giddy dabbles heavily in electronica and shows gentle reminders of Alison’s days in Yazoo, this is one of the most poppy tracks on the album and definitely has you shimmying along.
The surreal ballad The Rarest Birds is simply stunning and has a theatrical overtone to rival the best on Broadway. Beautiful Gun is an extremely sensual song and is sung with the sexuality the title demands, and only Alison’s velvet voice can deliver. It flows like melted chocolate, rich and smooth with every word.
April 10th is a spoken word song which is quite mesmerising and calming it fits the arc of the album well leading into the title track Other which is a hauntingly beautiful song with just a piano accompanying throughout.
We may have had to wait a few years for this album but I can say with all certainty that it was been well worth it. Alison kicks of her Australian tour in October and I urge you all to go along and experience this amazing woman who has, like a fine wine, just got better with time.