Record Review: Moby

Moby Everything Is Wrong (Electra) (3 1/2) To call Moby techno is to call Led Zeppelin metal or Chic disco. Techno is the form he's chosen to work within but it's merely the starting point for engrossing excursions. Three of these thirteen tracks feature soulful female vocalist (two include a Jamaican-style toaster), whose singing Moby chops into an clipped trance-like mantras-- imagine Soul-II-Soul on speed. Instrumental tracks subtly vary short phrases to evoke Brian Eno or Philip Glass -- simultaneously meditative and dreamy. Guest vocalist Mimi Goese (ex-Hugo Largo) recalls a breathy Julee Cruise or Jane Siberry. Moby's two vocals merge techno and hardcore, with an intensity both Metallica and Ministry would respect. The constant throughout is Moby's inventive use of synthesizer loops, which, though repetitive, are never dull. The command, craft and ambition exhibit on this debut album makes this young, politically-oriented vegan, crank the first great auteur of Techno.

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