Yazoo (known as Yaz in North America) was an English synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex, consisting of former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke (keyboards) and Alison Moyet (vocals). The duo formed in late 1981 after Clarke responded to an advertisement Moyet placed in a British music magazine, although the pair had known each other since their schooldays. In 2008, 25 years after splitting, Clarke and Moyet reconciled and reformed Yazoo to play a successful tour of the UK, Europe, and North America in support of the reissue of Yazoo’s two studio albums and a box set, In Your Room of their material. The pair briefly reunited in May 2011 to play three Yazoo songs at a music festival organized by their record label. Here are all of Yazoo’s albums ranked.
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3. Only Yazoo (The Best Of) (1999)
“Pure, unadulterated, synth, new wave, gothic awesomeness! A duo that only turned out two albums with an incredibly short partnership; literally created a genre unmatched by anyone else during the dawn of the 80’s. 4 remixes! Moyets dark brooding lyrics of “Winter Kills” and “Ode to Boy”. If you remember the club’s and were into the scene, buy this!”
2. You And Me Both (1983)
“THIS and Upstairs at Eric’s are quintessential cd’s to own of the 1980’s electronica genre – no other duo sounds like them or produced music that is used to this day in movies, commercials, etc. Vince and Alison knew they had something, but looking back…as with the Eurythmics, they were creating masterpieces that withstand the test of time and sound just as fresh today as they did back then! I have meet Alison and hearing her perform any of these songs live is a treat that you must experience at least once in your lifetime – for me – to not hear them live is almost criminal!”
1. Upstairs At Eric’s (1982)
“A tremendous debut for synth-pop duo Yaz featuring Vince Clarke (formerly of Depeche Mode) and soulful singer Alison Moyet. “Don’t Go” “Situation” and “Only You” are still dancefloor classics, heard in numerous re-mixes long into the 2010s. Moyet’s vocals proved to be the human element needed to breathe life into Clarke’s mechanical musical textures.”