ALBUM V2, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
FEBRUARY 2, 2004 REVIEW: FEBRUARY 16, 2004
This is not a new album by Moby. This is an album that Moby releases as
Voodoo Child, in a strange way hoping – despite all the press releases
and rumours saying he is the creator – that it will not be compared
to his other records.
This is not album at all. It is a journey through time, to the dance scene
of the early nineties; a scene where electronica purists still ruled supreme.
I ask: Why?
is a very talented guy when it comes to music. And this is a nice set
of danceable tunes in the vein of of his later releases (just listen to
the blues sample in first song "Gotta Be Loose in Your Mind"),
with a large dose of rave techno. And yes, this is house too, but not
of the ambient, Orb-like kind. More Orbital at their more Kraftwerk mood
in the 90:s though, since you can find traces of in nice stringent "Electronics".
you can see, there is quite easy to trace the music back in history and
the link back to Moby himself is more than evident – both in the
superb craftsmanship and the signature melodies and strings. Although
this time they have had to take a step back to make room for the beat.
The main question remains: Why has Moby made this listenable, but not
very relevant record? Answer: Because he loves music. Had he been an artist
without millions in his pockets, he would have had to come up with something
new and interesting instead of this nicely executed nostalgia. Now, he
can kick back and make the flawless and sometimes pointless, music he
he does, just for the hell of it. You have to admire him for that. And
of course honour him by taking a few dance steps to this perfectly OK
album. It’s about Love, after all.