I Like To Score

Moby

Elektra Records, 1997

REVIEW BY: Alfredo Narvaez

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 06/10/1998

I will try a little experiment now for you people. I'm going to open up my personal collection of albums and review those that sort-of stand out by their presence. It has nothing to do with their quality, but that they're departures from the albums I regularly purchase. Here we go.bim_ad_daily_vault_print_250

For anyone who doesn't know, Moby is one of the most respected and demanded techno/electronica makers and producers around. There was even a rumour running last year that he was going to work with Axl Rose on his new album. The guy is in demand.

Among his many works, he has done several songs for movie soundtracks. This album, I Like To Score, features songs that he has done for movies like "The Saint," "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "Scream."

The album starts with "Novio" - from the movie "Double Tap." A soft, quiet, piano piece, it serves as not only a backdrop, but it also is one of the more quieter pieces of the album. Next comes his re-make of the classic "James Bond Theme" which he did for the soundtrack to "Tomorrow Never Dies." (It never appears in the movie though.) If you have heard the soundtrack's version, you will notice that this one is a little different - certain pieces are switched--but don't worry. The piece is still, as the kids say, "cool."

Other highlights include his remake of Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades" - a driving tune - the original "Go" and the ultra-technoish "Oil 1" - which, though repetitive, is exactly the kind of music Moby makes. As for any down points, there's "Ah-Ah" from "Cool World." The other big problem is that some of the songs, though interesting, don't stick in your mind.

Throughout the entire album, Moby mixes in subtle changes, loud barrages of drums and screeching guitars. He wields all of the different music styles rather well. Though he won't make you remember his solos, you will like the way he moves the instruments.

Overall, the album is good. If you like techno, you probably have this album or will get it soon. To those that don't, well, give it a listen. Sometimes you can forget some of its bad aspects.

Rating: C+

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