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He Is Made Of Stars!,
This review is from: 18 (Audio CD)
"18" new songs by Moby and it's about an equal match for his previous "Play" release - and that's a good thing.
The first hit, "We Are Made Of Stars" is very close to Bowie's "Heroes" with the guitar work and the repititious vocal arrangements (Bowie and Moby are buddies). "In This World" is close to "Play"'s, "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" with superb vocals by guest Jennifer Price who seems to be singing through the spirit of Janis Joplin. Shauna and Lorraine Phillips check in with their sound bytes on "Rafters", both continuing Moby's white soulfulness. "One Of These Mornings" brings on another great soul-filled, multi-layered song with Dianne McCaulley on vocals - a nice mood piece. For those still in need of a Moby instrumental ambient piece, there's the short "Fireworks" and the somber Vangelis-like title track "18". Need a little rap? Try "Jam For The Ladies". Looking for Motown? Moby covers that as well with "Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday)" with Sylvia Robinson bringing in a Billie Holiday sound-alike.
The entire album benefits from all the guest vocalists who seem to understand Moby's direction, but then, he uses most of their talent in precorded snippets - and that's fine.
"Im Not Worried At All" finishes off the album with a great Gospel rendition by The Shining Light Gospel Choir.
Moby has managed to match his previous work with another collection of satifying works. This is a album worth repeated listenings.