A couple of honest negative points....
Immediately likeable album with her usual standard of sublimely unique and uber poetic lyrical skills, I have to remain as unbiassed as possible having been a huge admirer from the very beginning of her career.
This is certainly up there with her very best work, thankfully, but my gripes are simple.
Technically adept as it really is, therein lies the problem, but only on a couple or so of the ten tracks. She sounds drowned by that technology, a little over-cooked.
Guy Sigsworth is undoubtedly a master of his craft but at times this sounds like a Guy album with Alison as guest vocalist, and that is such a shame. The remaining tracks allow her room to breathe though, and that is where the beauty truly shines through.
For instance, 'Other' is a remarkably beautiful song, the very best she has ever written in a long time, just simple perfection. 'Beautiful Gun' is a rocker with her guttural growling on top form and a stomping but not over-bearing melody, also, 'Rarest Birds' and 'Reassuring Pinches' are just gorgeous songs of pop perfection, along with the adeptly daft and Yazooish 'Happy Giddy', which I think brings a bit of light-heartedness to proceedings as the penultimate track.
The remaining tracks are well worthy of your hard-earned too, but, to my ears, 'I Germinate',and 'Alive' are the over-cooked culprits that, although brilliant, do not truly allow her presence pride of place.
Still fantastic songs throughout.
If I was marking this album out of ten, it would certainly get an 8.5 and that in itself is only a reflection of my sensitive nit-picking.
Overall, she has definitely triumphed yet again.
Guy, next time, ensure those vocals are the priority on ALL tracks.
Cheers, Steve :-)
Up their with the Minutes if not better!! Stand out tracks-well all! but Happy Giddy, The Rarest Birds and English U if had to pick, real meaning behind the lyrics just great!
Lyrically, musically and that voice... Breathtaking from start to finish!
Such an epic collection of sounds
Setting aside this is Alison Moyet, so on the whole will be excellent, the production on this collection is astounding. There is a hell of a lot of sound going on but it’s clear, clean and not uncomfortable - in fact you need to hear this turned up. Above all though even with all the soundscape you can still hear every word Alison sings. Simply gorgeous.
Have been a great fan since Alf album but sorry Alison this is dreary garbage
Bought this on the strength of the excerpts alone. First listen and I am totally blown away by the original, velveteen big tunes ...and that's every track. Would've paid far more it.
Simply brilliant, again
Alison takes a more languid turn musically on this, compared to her last album. Languid but not lacking in interest, far from it. 'Alive' is monumentally epic and wonderful, while the rest of the album is equally theatrical and powerful. There are no obvious singles, but why does that matter to some? Musical genius need not be constrained by a need to produce three-minute radio-friendly songs. But songs these are, and great ones that stand out as being among Alison's best.
Like no Other
By NPG Fan
I was fortunate enough to go to the Q&A listening party prior to this album's release. Every track is full of creative essence. It's a master class as to how you deliver an album to please yourself and realise that others really like it.
After listening to teaser tracks before the album release I was so excited to be able to download the remaining tracks and indeed was not disappointed. Ms Moyet never fails to impress with the perfect marriage of music, lyric and of course 'that voice'. I read some previous reviews saying that she 'is back' but this fabulous diva has never been away. Can't wait for the tour........❤️