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Catalogue

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Album Review

Released three years after their final album, Statues, a Moloko best-of was long overdue. Fortunately, the straightforwardly named Catalogue delivers an impeccably edited collection of the duo's eclectic, ahead-of-the-curve music, gathering their biggest hits and key album tracks. Gorgeous romanticism, drop-dead style, and a funky sense of humor — not to mention Roisin Murphy's charismatic vocals and Mark Brydon's forward-thinking production skills — were the key ingredients in Moloko's freewheeling mix of dance, pop, and rock, all of which are on display throughout Catalogue and especially on its first five tracks, which are, not coincidentally, the duo's most popular singles. "Fun for Me" and "Pure Pleasure Seeker" are quintessential examples of Moloko's sexy, mischievous take on dance anthems; "The Time Is Now" and "Familiar Feeling" are searching-but-glamorous ballads; and of course, the pair's breakthrough single "Sing It Back" is as alluring as it is inventive. Unlike some best-ofs, which have to stretch to fill out an album's worth of tracks, Catalogue is a welcome reminder of how strong Moloko's overall body of work is. From Do You Like My Tight Sweater?'s "Day for Night" and "Where Is the What If the What Is in Why?" to the title track of Statues, each song on the collection holds up. Catalogue's only flaw — if it can be called that — is that it doesn't include many of the flights of fancy that made Moloko's albums so distinctive. The closest the collection gets to the duo's deeply kooky side is the cryptic but irresistible shuffle of "Indigo" and the playful pop of "The Flipside." This is a minor drawback though — Catalogue is a great Moloko primer, and any newcomers charmed by the songs here have even more to discover on the full-length albums.

Customer Reviews

Pure Genius

Not enough can be said about the pure genius that is Moloko. With the quirky vocals from Roisin Murphy and the constantly changing electronic beats. As a band Moloko has managed to capture a cult following in the beginning and then embraced by the mainstream with a remixed version of "Sing it Back". To keep the music flowing check out Roisin's solo effort.

Moloko = Genius

I started listening to Moloko because I had heard that it was difficult to fault their music; it was all just so good. So I got "Catalogue" to see if what I'd heard was right. OMG. So good. The only songs I don't like are "Where is the What..." and "Bankrupt Emotionally". All the other songs are absolutely fantastic!! Shame they broke up, by Roisin seems to be doing very well on her own. Considering that she came from a background like this, I can see why! Amazing album.

Buy It - Don't think about it!

Moloko have managed to provide the ecletic sound that we miss in our music culture. This "Catalogue" allows us rediscover their brillance & enjoy some insanely cool beats!

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Sheffield-based dance-pop duo Moloko is the end result of Irish-born singer Roisin Murphy's attempt to pick up mixer/producer Mark Brydon at a 1994 party with the come-on, "Do you like my tight sweater? See how it fits my body." Brydon saw musical...
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