Husky-voiced chanteuse Alison Moyet achieved her greatest success with Vince Clarke under their dance-pop duo, Yaz, but her career as a solo artist didn't maintain such momentum. The Essential looks back on this talented singer with the inclusion of only the most sophisticated tracks from her 20-plus career, regardless of her fluctuating popularity. The Yaz classic "Don't Go" kicks things off; however, Moyet's moody aura carries the collection with songs such as "Love Resurrection," "Wishing You Were Here," and "Weak in the Presence of Beauty." Loyal Alison Moyet fans will most likely own everything featured here, but those wanting a nice introduction to the soulful singer should find The Essential a good place to start.
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AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson