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The peak of flippant trip-hoppery!
on 23 February 2004
Could the mountainous landscape on the cover of this album be a subliminal image chosen by the band because this is the record where they subconsciously reach their musical peak?
Most likely not, but visual coincidences aside, this is easily my most favourite of all of Moloko's albums. My interest in the band started when a friend of mine bought Do You Like My Tight Sweater? mainly based on its quirky title and bizarre sleeve as spotted in miniature somewhere in the pages of a Britannia catalogue. But where I found that album a great, if patchy, mix of happily unclassifiable, cross-genre electro-trip-ditties, I Am Not A Doctor is a complete record with not a stinker on it.
Sing It Back appears in its true, haunting form instead of the blandified pop-club version, though is not the stand-out track in this truly versatile mix. My favourites are probably Over My Head for its tongue-twistingness and Should've Been... for its never-wanting-to-end-ness a la Desolation Row, for alas it signals the finish.
Why this album is so overlooked beats me, but then why aren't Saint Etienne permanently at no.1? I'm glad Moloko decided to branch out and try different things for their subsequent albums, but I really don't think they'll ever top this monolith of manic, multi-style, flippant trip-hoppery.