With apparent effortlessness Moby can whip up perfect sweeps of cinematic strings. On numbers such ‘Saints’ and ‘Going Wrong’ he hits a grand, ethereal pitch few could match, but as if it were simply his default setting. Maybe it is.
His eleventh album – co-created with super-producer Spike Stent – boasts plenty of this epic melancholia, but the multi-million-selling New Yorker also tweaks his sound. Especially notable, among multiple collaborations, are the ‘Screamadelica’-style drug anthem ‘The Perfect Life’ with Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips, and the bluesy big beat of ‘Don’t Love Me’. The strings are back for ‘The Dogs’, though, a 10-minute elegy that closes a richly listenable collection.
File under Orchestral giganto-pop
Download ‘The Dogs’, ‘The Perfect Life’, ‘Don’t Love Me’
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