On her last album, 2007’s The Turn, Moyet was in classic torch mode, delivering a set of songs steeped in orchestral pop grandeur and blue-eyed soul. The synth-laden hues of the minutes, however, pulls off the neat trick of both reconnecting to the electro of her first records with Yazoo and embracing 21st Century club culture.
Co-writing with producer Guy Sigsworth (whose credits include Björk, Goldie and Robyn), Moyet sets off down some daring paths, investigating breakbeats on Changeling and bass-driven dance minimalism on Love Reign Supreme. The power of her voice is a constant, though, best heard on the Abba-like theatricality of When I Was Your Girl and the candy-coated synth-pop of Filigree.
It’s also pleasing that, amid all the sonic bells and whistles, well-structured writing is never sacrificed – almost all of the 11 tracks here would survive being stripped down to just acoustic guitar and voice. Arguably, the album lacks a stand-out killer to take to radio but, by the same token, there’s hardly anything that could be described as filler; it’s a solid and confident collection from a veteran songstress who still has a lot to offer.