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4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars
Things To Make And Do
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on 20 March 2017
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on 9 May 2002
Moloko's 3rd album is definitely their best yet & perfect to introduce someone to their music. Nearly all the songs are great, with the singles Pure Pleasure Seeker & The Time Is Now standing out. The band have mixed a lot of different styles- Absent Minded Friends sounds like a pop r&b track. Most of the songs are upbeat and dance-ish, with Being Is Bewildering & A Drop In The Ocean as a contrast (They have more of a chillout feel). The reasons I didn't give the album 5 stars was because of 'It's Nothing' which is far too plain and sounds out of place, the rather pointless 'Keep Stepping', and a dodgy David Bowie impression on 'Somebody Somewhere'. Anyway it's a brilliant album, and with the remixed Sing It Back, what more could you want?
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on 14 July 2015
I am a fan! Reason? Well, being British I am in love with eccentric and strange music with tinges of genius. There are no acts quite like Moloko. Their uniqueness intrigues me. And their sound captures my imagination. I would call this album, twisted funk with an edge of melody. Original to say the least!
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UK dancepop duo Moloko are in fine form in "Things to Make And Do," their third blend of acid jazz and trippy electronica. The talented Roisin Murphy and Mark Brydon create a charmingly erratic dance album that sounds like nothing else, yet never fails to draw you in.

It opens with a peculiar piano solo, before kicking into the sexy sax-keyboard of "Pure Pleasure Seeker," and the ominously trippy "Absent Minded Friends." A darker note enters with songs like "Being Is Bewildering," which is technically a more "normal" song, a slow and rather melancholy song based on acoustic guitar and organ. Same with the lower-key pop song "The Time is Now."

There are also some more experimental songs, such as the nonsensical funk of "Indigo" or the creepy psycho-vocals of "If You Have A Cross To Bear You May As Well Use It As A Crutch." "Remain the Same" is perhaps the most experimental, with the vocal sampling and sound of the organ being overwhelmed and sunk by the electronic bleeps.

In this release, Moloko downplays the outright weirdness in favor of a more subtle sound. Call it experimental ultraquirk acid-jazz-funk-house-trip-hop. That more or less describes it. It's not just a fun album, but a richly engaging one with some deceptively simple-sounding songwriting.

Roisin (no, it doesn't rhyme with "raisin") Murphy has an excellent voice for this type of music -- it sounds clear and flexible, while being strong enough to rise over powerful music that could have overwhelmed her. And she brings depth to certain songs like "Mother," where she lashes out at her mother in a restrained manner: "I know somehow somewhere I'll be bumping into you/you see I'm blameless/I had a mother who was shameless/no wonder my life collapsed!" Elsewhere the songwriting is just deliciously bizarre.

Mark Brydon takes charge of the musical backdrop for Roisin's voice. And a fine job he does too, blending organic instrumentation like piano, acoustic guitar and rippling strings with some vocal sampling and deliciously wacked-out beats, sounding like anything from a DJ on acid to the funkier twin of Portishead.

Erratic it may be, but "Things to Make And Do" is also fun, wild and extremely eclectic, switching styles the way most musicians do instruments. It may not be their best album, but it is a wonderfully engaging, trippy one.
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on 23 May 2002
An eclectic set that ranges from highly original to highly crass. Many snippets will irritate, but at the same time the production is first class and even the crazy lyrics do seem to gel. There is some exceptional material here overall - the thinking person's pop!
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on 26 December 2009
I rediscovered this in my CD collection recently having not listened to it in quite some time. There are a few good tracks on it, namely Pure Pleasure Seeker, Absent Minded Friends, Indigo and Time is Now but generally isn't the most memorable album ever made. If you're a big Moloko fan then it may be worth you purchasing this - but otherwise I'd give it a miss.
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on 25 April 2000
Praise the Lord that Moloko haven't jumped on the 'Dance Anthem' bandwagon and have hit back with a sizzingly original follow-up album. Although the glorious 'Sing It Back' is here in its full remixed glory as a bonus track the rest of the album is truly a mixed bag (in a good way). We have elements of 80's electronic, rock, dance, latin, balladry, folk and much more besides all tied together with Roisin's voice, a contender for best female vocalist, surely, purring one minute, mindblowingly scary the next. The orchestration ranges from simple guitar to epic beats and electronic sounds as in 'Absent Minded Friends'- I haven't been so seduced by a song for a long while. The album is deprived of its fifth star for it tendency to be irritating - with snippets of music that make no sense and seem to have no significancs. However Moloko are stars of the future and as long as they have ideas they will be remembered for more than an summer in Ibiza.
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on 6 February 2005
If you were gripped by the vocals and beat of "bring it back" a few years ago then you should try out the versatility of the rest of this bands work. Sure that track went mainstream, but it didn't quite fit the mainstream mould and here in lies the beauty of this band. Stunning vocals, intensely interesting lyrics and a creative power that is just the right side of sane.
Well worth a listen if but only for that facts that no two tracks are alike and for Murphy's captivating, endlessly fascinating voice, I find I can never quite believe she was able to do with it what she does. My personal favourite track is "absent minded friends", beautiful harpsicordal hooks and lyrics which question the superficial, uncaring and lonely dynamics of modern friendships and relationships. Daringly different and intelligent with the added joy of moving and crystally, beautiful music.
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on 25 August 2015
Moloko's third album - more focused and less bizzare and experimental as their first two.
What a great duo they were - experimental, haunting, thought provoking, electronic funky soul with Roisin Murphy's voice sweet honey gliding over the top of the danceable, thumping shimmering electrobeat.
If you like groups like Goldfrapp, Ladytron, New Order, Kate Bush, Tori Amos you will love them.
Such a shame they only recorded four albums and a greatest hits package, but Roisin's three solo albums are worth checking out also.
If I could give it more than five stars I would.
Stunning and Essential, if only all music were as good as this.
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on 27 August 2000
Anybody who is expecting to buy this album thinking that every track is dance music will not be pleased, it is an experimental, original album containing many genres of music from Dance to Acid Jazz. R.Cuthbert
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