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Single Review: Alison Moyet – ‘When I Was Your Girl’

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With solo hits like Love Resurrection, Is This Love, Invisible and All Cried Out, Alison Moyet was always destined to become a musical icon.

Alison had her first mainstream taste of fame in the synth-pop eighties duo, Yazoo. She shared the stage with fellow band member and former Depeche Mode and Erasure member, Vince Clarke, for a couple of years, offering infectious singles like Situation, Nobody’s Diary and their debut, Only You, before Alison went out into the commercial world of pop alone.

AlisonMoyetTheMinutesShe went on to record 9 Top 30 singles in the UK, 5 of which hitting the Top 10 as well as gain a Grammy Award nomination for her efforts on the 1991 single, It Won’t Be Long.

With her distinctively raspy, bluesy voice Alison has remained a staple in British music for over 35 years and 2013 sees the songbird return to the studio for her latest album, the minutes. In the lead up to the albums May release we have been offered a teaser track in the form of When I Was Your Girl.

When I was Your Girl opens with a minimalistic yet pulsating, piano driven beat which allows Alison’s vocals to hold center stage and shine as they tear through a truly memorable and engaging vocal arrangement. Throughout the song we can hear the anguish in Alison’s vocals as she is clearly caught up in the moment as she puts everything into her performance.

The single is a lot more commercial than anything we have heard from Alison in a number of years and is a fresh addition to her 35-year career, showing us just where Alison is right now in terms of her sound and style while still occasionally drawing from her eighties roots within the track, reminding us of the songbirds roots in bluesy scented, synth-pop.

When I Was Your Girl is a spectacular return for one of the UK finest recording artists and is a diverse number, swinging from melancholic and haunting in the numbers verses before reaching an anthemic climax within each of the chorus’ offered on the track. We really could not ask for more from Alison as she delivers one of the finest releases of her career here.

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3 thoughts on “Single Review: Alison Moyet – ‘When I Was Your Girl’

  1. There is such a comfort in hearing a new recording from Alison Moyet. Her voice always just wraps you up in nostalgia and warmth. This is no exception, an excellent performance. Roll on October until I see and hear her live again!

  2. Thank you Alison for something new! I love your depth and range and this new song shows you still have it all! So hope you will someday venture over to the US for us to enjoy you in person. Til then, keep it coming!

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