ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#16] Alison Moyet By
Fans of the ‘80s who dug Alison Moyet as the vocalist for Yaz may be surprised by this album, on which she covers pop standards. But this is not just another one of the many albums of this type - Moyet has the voice and the guts to tackle songs in several genres. With the production/arrangement assistance of another ‘80s veteran, Anne Dudley (from Art of Noise), Moyet takes on Gershwin, LeGrand and the Bergmans, Jacques Brel , Elvis Costello, a couple of classical arias, and a delightful old English folk ballad. Although these songs require her to rein in her “blues shouter” style, Moyet’s characteristically husky voice takes control of the melodies and renders them with a wealth of emotion and at times, a surprising sweetness. She clearly has fun with the old ballad “The Wraggle-Taggle Gypsies” and pays homage to her French background with her rendition of Brel’s “Les Chanson des Vieux Amants.” But the highlight is Costello’s “God Give Me Strength,” a vocal tour de force that reminds one of how great a songwriter Elvis Costello is-and how a great singer like Alison Moyet can bring this masterwork to life.