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Review: Alison Moyet, 4th November, The Regent, Ipswich

06 November, 2017 - 08:36
Alison Moyet performed at Ipswich Regent. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Alison Moyet performed at Ipswich Regent. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Growing up in the 80s, of course meant growing up with the electronic delights and silky smooth vocals of Yazoo and Alison Moyet, so this little audience member couldn’t have been more excited for the treat that was about to unfold. And what a treat it was!

Supporting was the engaging singer song-writer Hannah Peel, who played several tracks from her moving concept album; Awake but Always Dreaming.

Her haunting vocals and pleasantly obscure instrumentation kept us entertained for the entire duration of her 30-minute set.

Another 30 minutes later and we were there. The lights dimmed and we settled back in our seats as the mesmerising monologue from the track ‘April 10th’ pierced the darkness.

The lady herself then entered with a second track from the tour-titled album ‘Other’, accompanied by a dazzling display of laser and strobe lighting; a constant theme throughout the show.

The evening was no doubt a showcase for her latest studio album, but there was plenty to keep old school fans happy.

Yazoo’s 1982 hit Only You was the first track to get people to their feet. Other retro favourites featured throughout the evening, including All Cried Out, Love Resurrection, Nobodies Diary, Whispering Your Name and the very final track, Don’t Go.

Songs like The English U; a loving dedication to her mother who passed away from Alzheimer’s two years ago; The Man in the Wings, and The Rarest Birds highlighted the wonderful sultry tone of her voice, which remains undiminished by time.

At times exuberant, at times moving, this celebration of one of Britain’s most iconic artist’s 35-year-long career was one of the best concerts I have attended, certainly at the Regent.

My only slight disappointment is that Ipswich audiences remain, in my opinion, some of the most reserved in the country - come on people throw caution to the wind and get boogieing. You know you want to!

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