Alison Moyet at Le Divan du Monde, Paris
Now there's even Moyet a reason to catch Alison live...
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Alison Moyet is playing a small venue in Paris as part of The Minutes tour. This clearly pleases her, as she tweets just hours before the show: "Le Divan du Monde. Funky little stand-up club. Love it already. Bring it on!"
And indeed she does. For the next two hours, Moyet revisits, deconstructs and delivers material spanning the last 30 years. The Minutes is certainly a departure from her last two albums Hometime and The Turn. It's more electronic, more synthesised, which altogether forms a structure for a much complete set.
She's flanked by two keyboard players tonight. From the opening track Horizon Flame she delivers track after track while dancing with a smile on her face. And she certainly seems to enjoy what she's doing on this tour, with a big Essex "thank YOU" at the end of each song.
Her sense of humour comes across with quips like: "if you understand what this next one is about, you're a better man than me". It's this ability to connect with her audience which is also one of her greatest triumphs.
The Changeling - the next single to be released off the album, if you're asking - demonstrates her immense vocal ability, as does the track A Place to Stay. But those wanting songs from her vast back catalogue are not left disappointed. Yazoo's Don't Go to Nobody's Diary makes the set, as do versions of Love Resurrection, Is This Love and Ordinary Girl.
Production wise, it sits well in this intimate venue, but it'll also wow acoustically in the larger venues she's playing soon, like the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall. But that's what's great about Moyet. She has the confidence and range as a performer to adapt seamlessly to her surroundings.
Moyet admits that she has been asked to make a covers album, but she bucks the trend by writing interesting, fresh material, not conforming and not being afraid to experiment. This, we can only presume, is the secret to her longevity in the music industry. It has certainly gained her the respect of fellow artists and, tonight, judging from the applause and cheering, the respect of the devoted audience here to see her play this funky little club in Paris.
There're artists that really do command an urgency to see them live. And Alison Moyet is one of those - and even more so on her The Minutes tour.
A few tickets are still available for the rest of the UK leg, or grab a seat for her highly-anticipated performance at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2014, by visiting www.alisonmoyet.com.
Words: Nigel Stoneman