Alison Moyet – Alf

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ARTIST: Alison Moyet
TITLE: Alf
YEAR RELEASED: 1984
CHART ACTION: #45 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Love Resurrection (#82 US, #10 UK), All Cried Out (#8 UK), Invisible (#31 US, #21 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I’m guessing no…
LINEUP: Alison Moyet, Steve Jolley, Tony Swain, Tim Goldsmith
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The first solo album by Moyet after leaving Yaz kinda, sorta reminds one of Yaz anyway.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Moyet has a great and atypical voice – dark and bluesy and low. She was a great fit for Vince Clarke in Yaz (or Yazoo if you prefer the UK nom de plume), and it makes sense that her first solo record would follow in the same new wave-ish vein, but instead of all electronica, it’s mostly synth-pop lite.

What’s the issue is that while the songs are nice and pleasant and she sings the heck out of them there’s nothing that grabs you like the best Yaz songs did. The non-single tracks are just kinda there, which is not what I was looking for in this album. The production doesn’t do the songs much favors, either.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The producers of the record (Jolley and Swain) were also Bananarama’s producers, so there’s that..

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: B- : It’s good, but I’m not keeping the whole thing, just the singles and maybe a track or so.

EXILED – Most of it, anyway.

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