Live Review: Alison Moyet – 14th November 2017 – London Palladium, London, UK
Celebrating a phenomenal career that has spanned the best part of the past 40 years, national treasure Alison Moyet has little left to achieve as one of the most successful and cherished singers, songwriters and musical pioneers of British music. As latest album Other continues to inspire fans who have helped the deep-voiced superstar shift over 23 millions records over the last few decades as a solo hit-maker and as part of new wave duo Yazoo alongside fellow English musician, Vince Clarke, Moyet has been busy introducing the latest record to fans on the live circuit.
Having recently returned from a whirlwind tour of Australia and New Zealand and having already wowed audiences across Scotland and the north of England, the capitals turn had arrived and fans flocked to the prestigious London Palladium for a spellbinding performance from the seasoned stage performer.
The latest release was on display through much of tonight’s 90 minute set; opening with a recording of Other’s spoken word inclusion, April 10th before the star – accompanied by two musicians on both sides – was revealed beneath an array of spiraling lasers as she dove into Other highlights that included I Germinate and the angst-fueled Beautiful Gun. Moyet paid tribute to her new seaside hometown of Brighton and being welcomed into the elderly community of the area in the cinematic The Rarest Birds while a beautifully heartbreaking story of her late mother who she lost to Alzheimer’s was played through The English U.
While the latest album inclusions injected a somewhat darkened flow to the set, the crowd got to sing along with some of the stars earlier career notables – principally those released during her time with Yazoo in the eighties. As the singer confessed “I wrote this next song 40 years ago, when I was 16” she dove into the mid-tempo teenage hit Nobody’s Diary, the first of several Yazoo set highlights that included Only You, the dancey Situation and a pitch-perfect encore performance of Don’t Go which had every member of the sold out audience up and on their feet dancing along with the superstar who moved seductively to the nu-wave and nostalgic beats.
Previous studio collection the minutes was given a nod with lead single When I Was Your Girl tearing through the Palladium with sheer power and precision; Moyet’s voice showing a flawless, unweathered quality while a couple of the musicians signature solo hits found nesting spots within the set. All Cried Out was given an electro-pop makeover while Love Resurrection was performed in original record form and gave the English icon the first standing ovation of the night as the hit seasoned the closing of the main set with its most commercially driven highlight.
Easily one of the finest performances we have witnessed from Moyet over the years, Other was shown off in spectacular fashion from one of the leading ladies of British synth-pop.
When I Was Your Girl
Wishing You Were Here
Nobody’s Diary (Yazoo song)
The English U
Only You (Yazoo song)
All Cried Out
The Man in the Wings
The Rarest Birds
Situation (Yazoo song)
Whispering Your Name (Jules Shear cover)