Yazoo – Ode To Boy
From one of my all-time favorite artists, Yaz (aka Yazoo), we have a brooding dark track that is peppered with synth percussive stabs all set to frame the wonderful voice of Alison Moyet. This track is taken from their second full length, “You and Me Both” which would prove to be the duo’s last. One can only hope they re-join to produce another full length.
You and Me Both is the second and final album released by British synthpop duo Yazoo in 1983. As was their debut, the record was produced by Yazoo members Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet along with E.C. Radcliffe. Upon its release You and Me Both received positive reviews from music critics who noted that the album showed strong progression in songwriting and production from both Moyet and Clarke from their debut. The album peaked at #1 in the UK and #69 in the US.
The duo, however, announced their split on the eve of the album’s UK release. Moyet would soon begin a successful solo career and Clarke eventually formed the synthpop duo Erasure.
Moyet would later re-record “Ode to Boy” for her 1994 album Essex in a more acoustic style, which she explained was more consistent with how she envisioned the song should have sounded when she originally wrote it.