This week I flew across the pond to see Alison Moyet for the final stop of her Minutes Tour at the famed Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington. It’s a legendary venue I’ve always wanted to visit and to experience it filled with the vocals of Alison Moyet, well it just doesn’t get any better.
Opening with ‘Horizon Flame,’ Alison didn’t stray from the set list I heard in New York in November, until the very end. But before we get to the end, I was reminded of how much I appreciate Alison’s journey in making this record. She juxtaposed an early song from her career, ‘Winter Kills’ which she wrote when she was 16-years-old and dubbed ‘black, black, black,’ with ‘Filigree,’ a new song that inspired the title for her latest album, The Minutes. ‘Ordinary Girl,’ ‘Whispering Your Name’ and ‘Love Resurrection’ were among the best songs performed of her older catalog. And it was the encore she performed with two of her children, Joe on guitar and Caitlin on vocals, that was really special. I bumped in to her daughter after the show and I’m sure she thought I was insane, as if she were a Beatle or something. Her daughter for the record, is stunning. Catch her in Alison’s vivid video for “When I Was Your Girl.”
Here’s my essential Alison Moyet picks for your enjoyment: