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Statues [VINYL]

Moloko Vinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (3 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Echo
  • ASIN: B00008OX5B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last - a great Moloko album 14 July 2003
By russ t
Format:Audio CD
...anyone who's bought a Moloko album usually knows what to expect by now - the singles, a lot of filler and maybe one or two listenable tracks among this filler. Not a great recommendation, but Moloko albums have been consistently self indulgent not-particularly-interesting affairs.
Until Statues.
Housed in a bizarre sleeve showing Roisin emerging from a Cornish harbour, drunk as a skunk and sloshing her beer everywhere. This is one cool, cool lady.
Familiar Feeling opens Statues beautifully - the intro alone is worth the price of the album... blissful.
There's only one duff track on the album - and strangely, it's track 2, the old-style Moloko rears its ugly head on 'Come on', a painful choppy tuneless number that grates, especially coming right after the divine Familiar Feelings. The good news is that there's only one bad track - next up is the electronica tinged Cannot Contain This, five and a half minutes of technofoolery and arched, aloof vocals.
The best track on the album is the impossibly beautiful title track. Sounding like a modern day Marianne Faithfull, Roisin sings Moloko's greatest lyric.... "if all the statues in the world would turn to flesh with teeth of pearl, would they be kind enough to comfort me?".... the song ends with Roisin singing what appears to be the theme from 70s cop show The Gentle Touch - and it's no bad thing. This sounds like a band at their peak who know it - it's a brave song and it dazzles on an album full of gems.
The gloriously sassy, self assured Forever More is next, all throbbing pulsing bass and dark techno burbles - sounds like the sort of track Grace Jones would give her hat collection away for.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This! is what we wanted all along!! 7 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who has been bouncing along, again and again, to Moloko tunes of the past - probably mainly 'Sing it Back', 'The time is now' and 'Pure pleasure seeker' - and have prayed and wished that Moloko would make a full album of pure genius - the wait is over. 'Statues' is the first album to fully show Moloko's incredible talent - who would have thought they could create an album this - not only funky (we knew that) - but also stunningly beautiful, cool and calm. 'Forever More' challenges any cool Moloko mix ever made - there is no way of listening to this without dancing, the deep thumping bass shoots straight to the core of your bones. The surprises are the massively beautiful and heartbreaking, slower, darker tunes like 'Statues', 'Over and Over' and 'The only ones' - It's almost unreal to hear Roisin's usually playful, hard-funk voice sounding so genuinely heartbroken. This is an album stuffed with superbly crafted songs and top-notch lyrics. If there is any taste out there ( let's face it...it's a rarity) Moloko will make music lovers all over gasp in awe..
Buy this album!
Steal it if you must...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By muso
Format:Audio CD
Moloko's greatest strength has always been their very british quirkiness. However, unfortunately it is often this quirkiness that is their greatest weakness, often smothering the material beneath. NOT ON THIS ALBUM, HURRAH!!
This album has none of those weaknesses. Exquisitely crafted, beautifully produced and supremely well performed. Sometimes it harks back to the 70's and 80's, but does so without ever sounding dated. I tried to identify high points, but it is all fantastic, with maybe the tight electronic syncopation of the sublime "Cannot Contain This" perhaps edging its nose in front. This set of songs is a tour de force, from the stomping "Familiar Feeling" to the haunting "Statues" it gets better with each listen. Once the remix crews get to some of these tunes our summer is going to be filled with cracking floor fillers (quick Boris they're all over here).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth and foremost. 13 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
It was mostly out of a sense of loyalty and nostalgia that I bought Statues. I'd felt Moloko's third album release, Things To Make And Do, was a shambolic introduction to the band, for new listeners lured by dancefloor smashes Sing It Back and The Time Is Now.
Well, what a pleasant surprise, because the duo haven't just retread the past glories off kook classics Do You Like My Tight Sweater? and I Am Not A Doctor, but overshot them with a maturity which only bolsters their insight to date.
Roisin Murphy's voice is better than ever. A friend of mine who dropped by when I was playing it said, "Alanis Morissette on weed", and while you can see what he means, the lyrical approach, while no less intelligent, has a charming idiosyncracy that's so far from the North American sensibility as to make comparisons pretty unhelpful.
And Mark Brydon's always inventive arrangements benefit now from a more orchestral sweep than previously . When this is fused with electronica , as in the opener, Familiar Feeling (the version here having a two-minute, staccato intro that's pure anxiety) and I Want You, the effect is pure synesthesia. Mind you, the strings on this album would make it worth a punt on their own.
Bouncy slices of dance-pop like 100% and Cannot Contain This could easily reiterate Moloko’s undoubted club appeal, but it’s the lyrics that’ll have you poring over the insert. They’ve always been leftfield, to say the least, but they can take on subjects such as obsession, lost love and disappointment as well as any torch balladeer.
It's one of those rare albums where you have a new favourite track every day.
Even the melodrama of the final track, Over And Over, at nigh-on ten minutes, manages to feel self-indulgent for the listener, rather than the musicians. Indulge yourself – you might not get as much wear out of a CD for quite a while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Moloko stuff
Good album if you like Moloko I got it for the SACD part mainly so I could compare surround with stereo. I like it alot
Published 7 months ago by Timus
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It is not my sort of music, but my Son and Daughter-in-law will love it when they get it for Christmas …
Published 8 months ago by Patricia Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
I have bought this CD because of one track I really liked ("Forever More") and I grew to love the whole content.
Published 8 months ago by I. McEntaggart
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!
I knew Moloko before I've bought this CD and I think this album is the best creation of this band.
I recommend to anyone who is looking for something different. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Domster
5.0 out of 5 stars last and best album. love it
I have SACD version of this album, and badly wanted same on vinyl. It's perfect, from begining to the end. Never tire to listen.
Published 20 months ago by alds
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Jazzy Journey into What Moloko Can Do
After propelling themselves into the spotlight with their excellent, if commercially appealing, Things to Make and Do album, you could probably mistake them for being more then... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Andy Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Not SACD, FYI
Just in case anyone else has been unsure - this edition is NOT an SACD (Super Audio CD) edition, contrary to the review posted by another customer below. It is just the regular CD.
Published on 17 July 2008 by G. ADAIR
5.0 out of 5 stars This album gets better and better!
I am unaccustomed to writing this kind of thing, so I'll keep it brief.
I keep turning to this album, and find myself getting more and more out of it each time. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Killa Bunnies have been well and truly buried!
Moloko have always turned out unique and individual music. 'Do you like my tight sweater?' had some great stuff mixed in with the genuinely unbearable ('Killa Bunnies' anyone?). Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2005 by "mattnotfat"
5.0 out of 5 stars Moloko - Statues - SACD
This is the first album I purchased from Moloko based on other reviews of the audio CD. I am just getting into SACD and I would recommend this to anyone that had a liking for the... Read more
Published on 28 July 2005 by keefnet
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