Yazoo (Upstairs At Eric’s)

Official Album Cover
Official Album Cover

The Album

Yazoo (Upstairs At Eric’s) is the debut album by the English synth-pop duo, Alison Moyet and Vince Clark (formerly from Depeche Mode). Released on 20 August 1982 by Mute Records. Three singles were released from the album. “Only You”, “Don’t Go” and “Situation”. The album reached number two in the UK Album Charts. The British Phonographic Industry certified the album platinum.

“Upstairs at Eric’s,” remains a pioneering work that showcases the creative brilliance of Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet. Released in 1982, the album effortlessly captures the essence of the early ’80s synth-pop movement, offering a perfect fusion of infectious electronic beats and Moyet’s soulful, emotive vocals.

The album opens with the iconic track “Don’t Go,” an electrifying synth-driven anthem that immediately sets the tone for what’s to come. With its catchy melody and Moyet’s powerful vocals, the song became an instant hit and remains one of the defining tracks of the era. It’s danceable rhythm and unforgettable hook make it impossible not to tap along and sing along with the chorus.

Throughout “Upstairs at Eric’s,” the chemistry between Clarke’s masterful synth arrangements and Moyet’s soulful voice is evident. Tracks like “Too Pieces” and “Goodbye 70’s” showcase the duo’s ability to seamlessly blend electronic sounds with Moyet’s emotive delivery, creating a unique and captivating sonic landscape.

One of the highlights of the album is “Only You,” a mesmerizing ballad that beautifully showcases Moyet’s vocal range and vulnerability. The haunting simplicity of the song, with Clarke’s minimalist synth work and Moyet’s heartfelt performance, strikes a deeply emotional chord. It’s a track that stands the test of time and remains one of Yazoo’s most beloved songs.

“Upstairs at Eric’s” also delves into more experimental territory with tracks like “I Before E Except After C,” which features quirky synths and playful vocal interplay. The duo’s willingness to push the boundaries of traditional synth-pop sets them apart, adding depth and variety to the album.

One of the album’s strengths is its cohesion and flow. Each track complements the others, creating a seamless listening experience. Clarke’s expertly crafted electronic compositions provide a solid foundation for Moyet’s expressive storytelling, resulting in a perfect marriage of music and lyrics.

Conclusion

While “Upstairs at Eric’s” is a groundbreaking album that has influenced countless artists in the synth-pop and electronic genres, it may feel somewhat short in terms of its tracklist. With only 11 songs, some listeners might wish for more material to enjoy, considering the album’s captivating sound.

In conclusion, “Upstairs at Eric’s” is an essential album that represents the pinnacle of ’80s synth-pop brilliance. Yazoo’s combination of Vince Clarke’s innovative synth work and Alison Moyet’s powerful vocals creates an enchanting sonic experience that remains as relevant and compelling today as it was upon its release. From the dancefloor-filling energy of “Don’t Go” to the heartfelt beauty of “Only You,” every track on the album is a testament to the duo’s talent and creativity. “Upstairs at Eric’s” is an absolute must-listen for fans of ’80s synth-pop and anyone looking to explore the genre’s early roots.

The album was received well and Melody Maker wrote:

an album of rich, dark passion, forever burying the hoary old moan that electronics and synthesizers will never be any good because they don’t have a button on the front that says ’emotion'”.

Track Listing

  1. Don’t Go
  2. Too Pieces
  3. Bad Connection
  4. I Before E Except After C
  5. Midnight
  6. In My Room
  7. Only You
  8. Goodbye 70s
  9. Tuesday
  10. Winter Kills
  11. Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)

Only You

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Lyrics

Looking from a window above
It’s like a story of love
Can you hear me?
Came back only yesterday
I’m moving farther away
Want you near me

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you

Sometimes, when I think of her name
When it’s only a game
And I need you
Listen to the words that you say
It’s getting harder to stay
When I see you

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you

This is gonna take a long time
And I wonder what’s mine
Can’t take no more (can’t take no more)
Wonder if you’ll understand
It’s just the touch of your hand
Behind a closed door

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew (all I ever knew)
Only you

Reference

Upstairs at Eric’s – Wikipedia