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When i first heard Alison's voice i thought "Is that a man or a woman?" and believe me, im not the only one. Her singing accent is a little strange because she puts a lot of emphasis on Ahh's and Err's. Her voice is purely the base of the song, without it you've got some pretty broing tracks. She goes off key in a few places and even has a bit of toruble with her higher notes. If i could compare her, i'd say she is a lot like Dido. She has good lyrics and her powerful voice is there but her accent and mid to low range notes are off key and dont sound too good.
Her music is generally blues, classical, and soft rock. Her blues tracks on this album are slow and soulful but dont have those rubbish "My heart is breaking for the millionth time" lyrics. Thats a very good thing because it makes her album unique, and not just another generic album stuck at the bottom of the chart. Her lyrics are about love in most tracks but occasionally she deviates to sing about how life has changed her outlook on things, and how she is able to recover from bad events.
The guitars are perfect, they generally join in around the chorus and carry on with a slow tempo. Strings can be heard throughout the album and while they are soft, they are not too quiet or too weak. The start of her songs is alsways slow apart from track 11 which is a very upbeat track and has a major feel to it. The rest is Minor, Harrowing and slow.
The tracks are not relaxing, if you want to relax to this CD its not recommended. Its too bluesy and sad. There are rare moments where she sings about being a great success in life. Instead i would say this album is for those who can relate to the lyrics, upsetting things that you overcome and end up being a better person for rather than ending up worse off. Im sure we can all relate to that in some way.
Otherwise its a great recommended album and i would recommend it for all those after a female vocal blues album.
I got this album shortly before Christmas and what a find it was! I have always been a huge fan of this lady and her big blusey voice. Even going back to the days of Yazoo; I feel she has gotten stronger with age and her material is just as rewarding as ever.
On the album:
'One More Time' is a hear wrenching uptempo number, in which Moyet pours her heart out about the failings of another relationship. Her smoky voice captures the essence of the song superbly and it is really moving. One of the other key tracks for me 'The Man In The Wings' which sounds like it has been pulled straight out of a musical. It is calming, soothing and compelling and the string arrangement is superb. For the ultimate in wallowing in misery listen to 'World Without End,' which will touch a nerve and bring a tear.
Overall: Very different from her eighties stuff, this signalled a move towards more musical/theatrical work, yet her voice remains impeccable and resonating as ever. Brilliant work.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 One More Time
2 Any Time At All
3 The Man In The Wings
4 Can't Say It Like I Mean It
5 It's Not The Thing Henry
7 The Sharpest Corner (Hollow)
8 World Without End
11 A Guy Like You