That's Russian for "Sing While You May"--the Legendary Pink Dots' motto--and POI POKA MOZHESH thus joins the Mexican CANTA MIENTRAS PUEDAS and the North American STONE CIRCLES as another "best of" volume tailored for international audiences. MOZHESH is indeed a Russian compilation of Dots "hits," featuring such classics as SHADOW WEAVER's beautiful, contemplative "Zero Zero," and THE MARIA DIMENSION's rapturous mantras, "Pennies From Heaven" and "Third Secret."
The mostly mid-period selections highlight the unpredictable Dots at their most accessible. Bright acoustic melodies and modern-minstrel instrumentation abound, supporting Edward Ka-Spel's silvered vocals, snaking basslines, keyboard glazings, quirky percussion, and some of the most intriguing lyrics ever imposed upon "pop" songs. Until the final three tracks, only a touch of the Dots' capacity for psychedelic damage is in evidence. But these unreleased out-takes delve headfirst into the more experimental aspect of the Dots, with "Supper at J's (Version 1)" being the most abstract and intoxicating of the bunch, and make MOZHESH worthwhile for fans and novices alike.