Tuesday, March 12, 2013

12 Inches of Love: 'Invisible'

Alison Moyet's first foray into solo-artist territory was the hugely successful 1984 album 'Alf.' This was quite a departure from Yaz (apologies for being American) and, when I first heard it, I really missed the synthpop styling of Vince Clarke. I suppose 30 years later, with the possible exception of "Love Resurrection," I still feel that way, but it's that voice, man, that voice. It was so soulful that somehow, inexplicably, she was able to cut through all of the schlock and slick production to reach me in a way only she and Tracey Thorn ever could. No, the following isn't a happy song, but I love the passion. This is a six-minute version of Moyet's only U.S. Top 40 hit. Sorry, but my vinyl is a little crackly in the opening few seconds. There is actually another 12" of this song called the Transparent Mix that's also well worth tracking down.

In case you missed the news, Moyet has a new album coming out in May. She has released one song from it so far. You can get a free download of the heavily electronic "Changeling" from her Web site.

Alison Moyet - Invisible (Extended Mix) (mp3)

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