Returning to Australia for the first time in way too many years, Alison Moyet is back and touring on the success of her ninth album Other released in June this year. Katie Noonan was lucky enough to get the support slot for the show and gave us forty minutes of her back catalogue spanning many years and several of her bands over the time.
The opening intro filtered across Margaret Court Arena, April 10 from the new album Other, a spoken work song which was a lovely way to open the night. The applause was huge as this stunning lady took to the stage, launching straight into I Germinate also from Other followed by When I Was Your Girl and Wishing You Were Here. Nobody’s Diary was the first Yazoo song for the night, and you could feel the eighties nostalgia building amongst the fans, all waiting for that one song that was their favourite back in the day.
Alison’s amazing voice has matured beautifully with age, her husky sound sending chills down your spine or raising the hairs on your arm with a single note. Her two accompanists taking care of the nights music and backing vocals with the electronica sound that all her fans are so familiar with.
A word for the wise, do not ever heckle Alison Moyet, one well inebriated man tried his best last night and was shot down in seconds making him look like the fool he was, Alison’s witty comeback applauded by everyone, except the prankster who was eventually removed by security.
Next was a beautiful tribute to Alison’s Mother, The English U, with hit after hit flowing, All Cried Out was a definite fan favourite. Lover Go and The Rarest Birds both from Other were simply breathtaking, closely followed by Is This Love? and the Yazoo hit Situation which had MCA rocking and everyone dancing in their seats.
Alison shared some lovely memories with us over the course of the evening and with a career spanning over thirty five years there was definitely a lot to draw on. Alas as the night was coming to a close we were hopeful for a few more and we were not disappointed. After a brief break the trio were back to deliver the goods and round out what had been a fantastic night of amazing music. Whispering Your Name was the first of three in the encore, with Love Resurrection and the phenomenal Don’t Go finishing out the night. The arena turned in to a disco on steroids everyone basking in the glory that is Alison Moyet.
From the first note of the evening it was clear that Alison really was like a fine wine and had only got better with time, so we can only image what her next tour to our shores might hold, lets hope its not another thirty years in the making.
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
Photos Contributed my Matt Allan