- 21 Sep 02
18 has been made for those who enjoyed Play but wouldn't mind going off on a few new musical tangents
Cast your mind back, if you will, to September 1996. Having danced its socks off to Moby’s breakthrough techno album, Everything Is Real, the world is desperate to pop the follow-up into the hi-fi. The laser hits the polycarbon and, Jesus H. Christ, what’s that bleedin’ noise? He still enjoys messing with people’s preconceptions, but having pissed his career away once, Richard Melville Hall is not about to do another Animal Rights. In other words, 18 has been made for those who enjoyed Play but wouldn’t mind going off on a few new musical tangents. Or old ones, come to that.
A brave choice of lead single – i.e. it’s Moby’s voice, not a trademark sample – ‘We Are All Made Of Stars’ is an unashamed steal of ‘Heroes’. A debt that’s about to be repaid with the diminutive one inviting Bowie onto his Arena: 2 tour in the States.
After making this small but important point, ‘In This World’ and ‘In My Heart’ mark a return to familiar (and bankable) dinner party/clothes shop/car ad territory.