Alison Moyet - Love Letters (1987)
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"Love Letters" is a 1945 popular song with lyrics by Edward Heyman and music by Victor Young. Alison Moyet version In 1987, ...
"Love Letters" is a 1945 popular song with lyrics by Edward Heyman and music by Victor Young.
Alison Moyet version
In 1987, Alison Moyet released her own version of the song as a non-album single. It reached No. 4 in the UK and remained in the charts for twelve weeks. A music video was filmed to promote the single and featured Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
Speaking to The Quietus in 2013, Moyet revealed she recorded "Love Letters" as she knew it would be a hit: "Love Letters" and "Weak in the Presence of Beauty" – neither song I enjoy now – they're both my fault. I found them. That was when I was feeling smart, thinking that I knew what a hit was." She also told the BBC in 2004: "After my versions of "Love Letters" and "That Ole Devil Called Love" did well, there was definite pressure for me to become some sort of jazz diva."
Upon release, Music & Media described Moyet's version as "moody" and "sparsely-backed". Zodiac Mindwarp, as guest reviewer for Smash Hits, felt the song was "very well done" but reminiscent of Simply Red.