Voice (Alison Moyet album)

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Voice
Alison Moyet - Voice.jpg
Studio album by
Released6 September 2004 (UK)
12 October 2004 (US)
GenrePop
Jazz
Classical
Length43:42
LabelSanctuary
ProducerAnne Dudley
Alison Moyet chronology
Hometime
(2002)
Voice
(2004)
The Turn
(2007)
Singles from Voice
  1. "Windmills of Your Mind"
    Released: August 2004
  2. "Almost Blue/Alfie"
    Released: December 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardianfavourable[2]
musicOMHmixed[3]
PopMatters4/10 stars[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]

Voice is the sixth studio album by British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet, released by Sanctuary in 2004.[6] It is a covers album, featuring slow-tempo, classic songs from a number of different genres, designed to showcase the singer's voice, with orchestral backing.

A deluxe edition of Voice was released by Cooking Vinyl on 2 October 2015.[7]

Background[edit]

After a performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2003,[8] Moyet approached conductor Anne Dudley with the idea of recording a "collection of classic song". In light of her appreciation of Moyet's distinctive vocal style, Dudley later described the offer of working with her as "irresistible". For her official website, she commented: "We spent many happy hours playing songs on the piano, minutely adjusting keys to suit her voice. We chose a wonderful selection and recorded them organically."[9] The material was recorded at Angel Studios, London, with Dudley as producer and arranger.[10]

Voice was released in September 2004 and reached No. 7 in the UK, remaining in the charts for twelve weeks.[11] Preceding the album was the single "Windmills of Your Mind", which failed to make a chart appearance.[12] The second and final single, released in December 2004, was a double release of "Almost Blue" and "Alfie".[13] It reached No. 99 in the UK.[11]

Speaking to the BBC in 2004, Moyet commented: "As a 43-year-old I'm finding that reflective, beautiful songs appeal to me. I am quite a prolific singer, in the sense that I have a versatility and I don't want to be limited purely to the songs that I can write."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Windmills of Your Mind"Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand3:50
2."The Man I Love"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin3:48
3."Almost Blue"Declan Macmanus3:52
4."Je Crois Entendre Encore"Georges Bizet3:29
5."What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?"Bergman, Bergman, Legrand3:14
6."God Give Me Strength"Bacharach, Macmanus5:35
7."The Wraggle-Taggle Gypsies-O!"Traditional3:29
8."Dido's Lament: When I Am Laid in Earth"Henry Purcell3:20
9."La Chanson des Vieux Amants"Jacques Brel5:07
10."Cry Me a River"Arthur Hamilton5:38
11."Bye Bye Blackbird"Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson3:01
European, US and South Korean editions bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Alfie"Bacharach, Hal David2:57

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Dutch Albums Chart[14] 76
UK Albums Chart[11] 7

Personnel[edit]

Non-album tracks: Voice era[edit]

  • "Alfie" (Bacharach, David) – 3:31 (B-side to single "Almost Blue", also included as bonus track on certain editions of album Voice)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Molloy Woodcraft. "Other pop: Alison Moyet | Kasabian | Micah P Hinson | Natasha Bedingfield | The Black Keys | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.musicomh.com/reviews/albums/alison-moyet-voice
  4. ^ "Alison Moyet: Voice". PopMatters. 27 September 2005. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ "Voice –". Alisonmoyet.com. 6 September 2004. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  7. ^ July 30, 2015 (30 July 2015). "Alison Moyet to Release Deluxe Editions of Hometime, Voice and The Turn –". Alisonmoyet.com. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b Bishop, Tom (6 September 2004). "Entertainment | Alison Moyet frees her voice". BBC News. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  9. ^ "composer for film & tv - Voice - Alison Moyet". Anne Dudley. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Alison Moyet - Voice (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 6 September 2004. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "ALISON MOYET | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Alison Moyet - Windmills Of Your Mind (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Alison Moyet - Almost Blue / Alfie (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 6 December 2004. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Alison Moyet - Voice". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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