Thursday 26 April 2018

Music: Destroyed by Moby ****

(Little Idiot)

John Meagher

John Meagher

Maybe it's because he sold every single song on breakthrough album Play to the highest bidding brand, but Moby has never really been given his critical due.

Capable of mining palpable melancholia from sample-heavy electronica and delivering dancefloor-friendly music with a real emotional heft, the New Yorker has largely eschewed fads and followed his own unerring vision.

This understated 10th album is, in its own gentle way, one of the most effective of his career. Meticulously crafted headphones music, its tones and textures evoke feelings of loneliness and transit -- persistent themes here. There's plenty of variation too. Stella Maris is churchy and austere, the female-led Lie Down in the Darkness recalls the Moby of Play and 18, while the short, symphonic instrumental When You Are Old shines a spotlight on the man's unerring compositional gifts.

It's unlikely to enjoy the ubiquity of his late-90s heyday, but his is a seductive, slow-burning album to be filed alongside such under-appreciated work as Hotel and Wait For Me.

Burn it: Stella Maris; When You Are Old

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