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Moby - Go: Very Best Of Moby

Moby, Go: The best of...

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

MOBY may have been struggling to achieve a sizeable hit in recent years, but few artists have enjoyed the phenomenal level of success he has managed.

From his early days as a producer of fast, furious dance tracks, Moby emerged as the king of chillout following his celebrated (and now seminal) album Play and its follow-up 18.

Comprised of 15 tracks, this career retrospective effectively charts just how much Moby’s music has changed over the years, as well as the way it has (mostly) always managed to adapt with the times.

Kicking off with the straight-up dancefloor rave-up that is Go, the album then proceeds to mix things up a bit to show the eclectic nature of the artist.

Hence, the soulful refrains of the almost melancholy Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? nestle surprisingly comfortably alongside the more lively likes of Natural Blues and the out and out dance of Bodyrock.

Career highlights include the shimmering piece of musical beauty that is Pocelain (a track that never manages to sound old or outdated, and which featured prominently on the soundtrack of The Beach), We Are All Made Of Stars and his effortlessly hip take on The James Bond Theme.

Yet sadly, there’s no place for Extreme Ways, another track that featured prominently in the movies – this time for the Jason Bourne films, or One Of These Mornings, another of the better tracks from 18.

Moby’s most recent album Hotel is also featured in the form of tracks Lift Me Up and Slipping Away – and, sadly, fail to capture the artist at his best.

This is partly because he opted to use his own voice rather than guest stars, and concentrated on songs rather than pieces of music. The album didn’t do as well commercially as Play or 18 and it’s easy to see why.

There’s nothing essentially wrong with either track – but they don’t excite or seduce in the same way as Moby at his best.

As a collection of music, however, Go: The Very Best Of shows us why Moby is a name that’s become synonymous with quality, chillout, dance, movie soundtracks and television advertising. There isn’t really a medium his music hasn’t managed to touch, or a living room or nightclub where it hasn’t featured.

If you already own Play and 18, there may not be a massive need to own this compilation; but if you’re curious or just prefer having most of the career-spanning singles on one CD, then it’s a worthwhile purchase.

Track listing:

  1. Go
  2. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
  3. In This World
  4. Porcelain
  5. In My Heart
  6. New York, New York-Feat. Debbie Harry
  7. Natural Blues
  8. Lift Me Up
  9. Bodyrock
  10. We Are All Made Of Stars
  11. Slipping Away
  12. Honey
  13. Move
  14. James Bond Theme
  15. Feeling So Real