Hometime

Hometime

by Alison Moyet
     
 

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After a near-nine-year layoff, Alison Moyet's fifth solo album is a posh, lavish, elegant affair that shows she's lost none of her chops throughout the long layoff. Production by the Insects, best known for their soundtrack work, adds a torchy, dreamy quality to these tunes, all but two of which were co-written by the singer. Between the intricately crafted songs, the… See more details below

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After a near-nine-year layoff, Alison Moyet's fifth solo album is a posh, lavish, elegant affair that shows she's lost none of her chops throughout the long layoff. Production by the Insects, best known for their soundtrack work, adds a torchy, dreamy quality to these tunes, all but two of which were co-written by the singer. Between the intricately crafted songs, the ornate production, and Moyet's soulful voice, this is arguably her most fully realized and cohesive work. Strings, keyboards, and multiple guitars layer into a big, lush, sophisticated sound perfect for Moyet's husky voice. While there is nothing that reminds the listener of Yaz, the synths, drum programming, and loops recall the more techno aspects of her old band, while adding an organic, if not quite rootsy, feel. If Dusty Springfield still made records in the millennium, it's likely they would be similar to Hometime. Personal yet expansive with just the right touch of ghostly R&B, this is a remarkably moving collection of European-style ballads. Somewhat reminiscent of Portishead's live work, Moyet sinks into these tracks as if lounging in an overstuffed chair. The elements combine most poignantly on the stirring "If You Don't Come Back to Me." With its hypnotic strings, reverbed guitar, and jazzy bass, it seems like she's interpreting an existing classic instead of writing a new one. Classy, subtle, yet often mesmerizing, this album is never less than affecting. It strives to be -- and often is -- a perfect vehicle for Moyet's talent, reaching heights that have only been hinted at in her previous work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5050159012824
catalogNumber:
1065381

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alison Moyet   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Angelo Bruschini   Guitar
Trevor Burley   Cello
Nick Cooper   Cello
Clive Deamer   Drums
Pete Glenister   Guitar,Keyboards
Stuart Gordon   Violin
Derek Green   Background Vocals
Clare Hoffman   Violin
Ann Morfee   Violin
Tim Norfolk   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Lap Steel Guitar
Juliet Snell   Violin
Stephen Tees   Viola
Adrian Utley   Guitar
Ricci P. Washington   Background Vocals
Fenella Barton   Violin
Simon Hale   Piano
Robert Locke   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Double Bass
Michael DeSaulles   Violin
David Ballard   Percussion,Drums
Harriet Davies   Violin
Corin Dingley   Drums
Jim Sleigh   Viola
Bruce White   Viola
Tommy Payne   Conga
John Baggot   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Ian Humphries   Violin
Hilary Sturt   Violin
Julian Trafford   Violin
Damon Reece   Percussion
Iain King   Violin
Emma Black   Cello
Andrew Byrt   Viola
Jeremy Morris   Violin
Deborah Widdup   Violin
Roger Linley   Bass
Nick Barr   Viola
Jacky Woods   Viola
David Smith   Violin
Richard George   Violin
Ben Davies   Cello
Laura Melhuish   Violin
Judith Herbert   Cello
Jessica OLeary   Violin
Richard Cookson   Viola
Richard Milone   Violin
Beverley Davison   Violin
Sonya Fairbairn   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Justin Pearson   Cello
Paul Sherman   Bass

Technical Credits

Stuart Gordon   String Arrangements
Tim Norfolk   drum programming
John Waterhouse   Engineer
Simon Hale   String Arrangements
Robert Locke   drum programming
Rik Dowding   Engineer
Insects   Producer,Engineer
Tim Young   Mastering

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