DIGITAL (2013) · Listen & Buy on Bandcamp
Her first album since 2007, the minutes was written with and produced by Guy Sigsworth, known for his work with Frou Frou, Robyn, Björk, Goldie and Madonna. It finds Alison's voice strong and seductive on a collection of exceptional songs. Experimental, captivating and entirely cohesive, this is beauty with an edge.
Clearly indicating a new artistic lease of life, the minutes is arguably Alison's most creative album. It has subtle parallels to her synth-pop past, but is also bang up-to-date, taking in elements of high-end pop smashes, R&B, modern club sounds and electronic experimentation.
I avoided listening to anything during the process of writing and recording this album, choosing instead to be lead by my own melodic voice, the one I now find myself with 30-years-in, says Alison. Guy Sigsworth returns me to a programmer's world and marries it with perfect musicality. I have been waiting for him. We have made an album mindless of industry mores that apply to middle-aged women and have shunned all talk of audiences, demographics and advert jazz covers. This has easily been my happiest studio experience.
Panoramic strings and icy electronics start proceedings on album-opener Horizon Flame', before the massive-chorus-meets-jerky-robotic-R&B of Changeling' kicks in.
Apple Kisses' highlights the versatility of Alison's singing; having defined dancefloor synth-pop in Yazoo, this track sees her voice equally at home soaring over a snarling bassline that wouldn't sound out of place tearing from the Fabric sound system.
Equally schooled in club culture is the punchy house/bass squelch of Right As Rain', whilst the brighter in mood Love Reign Supreme' recalls Chris & Cosey's October Love Song'.
The darkly-beautiful, emotionally-fraught torch song A Place To Stay' precedes the positive and uplifting Filligree', which is indicative of the whole album's cohesive pendulum swing from darkness to light and back again.
Track List01. Horizon Flame
03. When I Was Your Girl
04. Apple Kisses
05. Right as Rain
06. Remind Yourself
07. Love Reign Supreme
08. A Place to Stay
10. All Signs Of Life
11. Rung by the Tide