Voodoo Child

The End of Everything

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Voodoo Child, Moby, released THE END OF EVERYTHING in England in 1996. Appearing in the U.S. the next year, it sported some changes and the moniker "Voodoo Child/Moby." Considering Moby's long association with the techno scene, the spare nature of this album may surprise some. It is an elegant, looping sound sculpture that can be either uplifting or profoundly sad for the listener. For Moby fanatics, the U.S. version features a remixed version of "Dog Heaven," as well as an extra minute-and-a-half of "Honest Love." It also replaces "Animal Sight" with "Reject."

The music here--there are no vocals--consists largely of sparse electronics, ebbing and flowing in slow swells, and minimal beats. That said, it is a surprisingly engaging record. Of the three "Love" tracks, "Honest Love" is the most interesting (though "Patient Love" recalls some of the early synth work of New Order in a pleasantly nostalgic way), featuring piano, a windswept backdrop, and quietly jittering rhythms. "Slow Motion Suicide" is a slow, stately synthesized affair that suggests a pipe organ playing to distant, electronic birds. The last track, "Reject," is a stately continuation of that piece, gradually and almost imperceptibly slowing down over the course of its 18-minute length.

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