Moby: Last Night

If I recall correctly, there was a time, not too long ago, when Moby‘s drum machine heavy compositions were not only unique and creative, but bordered on being trendy. With his bald head held high, he stood out as the poster boy that next generation of kids with glow sticks looked up to, as they bought his albums, and logged into his cleverly written blog. Hell, he was such a name in the industry that even Eminem took shots at him. But now, eleven songs and thirty-two minutes into Moby’s new album Last Night, I find myself realizing that those days are far gone.

Of the new album, Moby was quoted as saying, “Last Night is basically a love letter to dance music in New York City. What I love about the New York approach to dance music is the eclecticism and the open mindedness on the part of the musicians, the DJs, and the people in the bars and clubs. In making Last Night, I essentially tried to take a long 8 hour night out in New York City and condense it into a 65 minute long album.” I must confess, however, that if Last Night is any indication of what the New York party scene is like, you can count me out. The hooks on this album are simply ignorable, and guess spots by MC Grandmaster Caz, Sylvia from the band Kudu, British MC Aynzli and the Nigerian 419 Squad seem like more of a gimmick than an angle. All in all it seems as though Moby might be trying to hard to recover from the struggle that comes with fame and the pressures that come with it. Sadly, however, I can’t say that creating an album lacking a true single or catch is the way to overcome such a weight. That’s actually closer to the way to become a has been.

But you can see for yourself, as Last Night hits stores on April 1st on Mute Records.

Moby’s Website
Moby’s Blog
Moby’s Myspace
Mute Records

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