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At last - a great Moloko album,
This review is from: Statues (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.
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.
Blow by Blow is a happy enough Moloko by numbers type track, and things get back to life with the fabulous 100% - surely a contender for the next single, all Latin beats, perky chorus and tinkly piano. Perfect beach record.
The other track to take your breath away is The Only Ones. Sounding like a song from Alison Moyet's recent triumph, 'Hometime', it's a confident, sexy number based round a simple guitar riff. It oozes style and never has a vocoder sounded so sexy. Another great possible single.
I Want You sounds like the song Moloko should write for the Pet Shop Boys - with some cheeky PSBesque synth riffs, crazy orchestra swirls and an assured, crystal clear delivery from Murphy, this is a pure pop heaven number.
The album closer, Over and Over is a delightful 10 minutes of Craig Armstrong-like orchestration and melancholy. The final two mintes sounds like Depeche Mode during their metal banging phase..... a storming, never less than brilliant closer.
So we finally have it - a truly great Moloko album, the record they've always meant to make. Slick, polished, beautifully crafted - Statues is nothing short of wonderful.
A summer album, and, after their awesome, show-stealing set at Glastonbury, one that looks likely to spawn quite a few hit singles yet.