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Album Cover Moby - Play (Mute)

Moby is an innovator. Always has been. Ater his punk days, he put the '180' into bpm, revitalised and reinvigorated techno, and helped make ambient respectable. On "Play" he comes across as the missing link between DJ Shadow and Plastikman - hip-hop and funk meets minimalist techno. 'Honey' sounds like an attempt to put electronic funk into the blues while 'Porcelain' is another album highlight,

Nevertheless the vocals occasionally distract from the music, which after all is the main reason most people would buy a Moby album. Still, the man has done it again and the critics who had been circling after his "Animal Rights" album have been forced to disperse.

by Neil Callanan