Alison Moyet (Raindancing)

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The Album

Alison Moyet (Raindancing) is a remarkable album that beautifully captures the essence of the 1980s pop music scene. Released on 6 April 1987, it was a brilliant follow-up to her successful debut album, “Alf,” and further solidified her status as a captivating and versatile artist.

The album opens with the infectious and upbeat track “Weak in the Presence of Beauty.” From the start, Moyet’s soulful and powerful voice grabs your attention, perfectly complemented by the dynamic production. The song’s catchy melodies and relatable lyrics make it an instant earworm that sets the tone for what’s to come.

One of the standout tracks on the album is undoubtedly “Is This Love?”. The emotive ballad showcases Moyet’s incredible vocal range and emotional depth, leaving listeners utterly captivated. The song’s intimate and heartfelt lyrics are delivered with such sincerity that it’s hard not to be moved by its beauty.

“Blow Wind Blow” and “Sleep Like Breathing” are mesmerizing duets with other prominent artists of the time. The former, a collaboration with David Freeman, possesses a bluesy and melancholic atmosphere that transports listeners to a different world. The latter features fellow ’80s icon, David Bowie, adding a touch of magic to the album.

As the album progresses, Alison Moyet continues to impress with her versatility. Tracks like “No Motion” and “All Signs of Life” showcase her ability to delve into darker and more experimental sounds while still maintaining her unique charm.

“Rough Justice” is a standout up-tempo track that perfectly combines Moyet’s powerful vocals with a lively and funky instrumentation. It exudes an empowering vibe and remains one of the album’s hidden gems.

“Raindancing” also boasts impressive production values, courtesy of Jimmy Iovine, who ensures each track shines with its own distinct personality. The fusion of pop, soul, and electronic elements is expertly executed, giving the album a timeless quality that resonates with listeners even decades later.

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Conclusion

If there’s one word to describe Alison Moyet (Raindancing) it would be “unforgettable.” The album showcases her incredible talent as both a vocalist and a storyteller. Each song draws you in with its distinct charm, leaving a lasting impression that makes you want to revisit it time and time again.

In conclusion, “Raindancing” is a testament to Alison Moyet’s artistry and remains a significant piece of ’80s pop music history. Its range of emotions, impeccable vocals, and impressive production make it an essential addition to any music lover’s collection. Whether you’re a fan of ’80s nostalgia or appreciate timeless music, this album is an absolute delight to experience.

Track Listing

  1. Weak In The Presence Of Beaty
  2. Ordinary Girl
  3. You Got Me Wrong
  4. Without You
  5. Sleep Like Breathing
  6. Is This Love?
  7. Blow Wind Blow
  8. Glorious Love
  9. When I Say (No Giveaway)
  10. Stay

Is This Love?

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Lyrics

In a fleeting moment of a restless day
Driven to distraction
I was captured by the game
I have often wondered why I ever wanted to
Leave these scattered hours behind me, and speed myself to you

I choose never to forget
I want our lips to kiss and our limbs to entwine
Let our bodies be twisted but never our minds

Is this love?
Is this love?
Is this love?
Is this love?
Set to work idle hands
Shake these thoughts had I planned them
They never would be teasing me as viciously as these

I would not have believed you had I never seen
Now you and I are intimately pictured in my dreams
I could not forsake you or fall tumbling away
And if I live in wonderland, I’m better off this way

I choose never to forget
I want our lips to kiss and our limbs to entwine
Let our bodies be twisted but never our minds

Is this love?
Is this love?
Is this love?
Is this love?
Set to work idle hands
Shake these thoughts had I planned them
They never would be teasing me as viciously as these

Is this love?
Is this love?
Is this love?
Is this love?

Is this love?
Is this love?
Is this love?
Is this love?

Reference

Raindancing – Wikipedia