THE END OF EVERYTHING (53:51) [Voodoo Child, Jun 1996] UK CD, Trophy, CDIdiot1 1 6:09 Dog Heaven 2 9:43 Patient Love 3 8:58 Great Lake 4 8:17 Gentle Love 5 6:07 Honest Love 6 7:08 Slow Motion Suicide 7 7:18 Animal Sight THE END OF EVERYTHING (66:19) [Voodoo Child | Moby, 29 Jul 1997] US CD, Elektra, 62092-2 1 9:50 Patient Love 2 8:58 Great Lake 3 8:17 Gentle Love 4 7:27 Honest Love 5 7:07 Slow Motion Suicide 6 6:03 Dog Heaven 7 18:25 Reject
M O B Y
Moby, under the pseudonym Voodoo child, makes his last (?) electronic album before changing his style to rock once and for all. "The end of everything" is the result, released on Moby's own label Trophy records, in co-operation with Mute.
If I didn't like this album I could find lots of criticism to justify my opinion. It isn't innovative. It has the same string sound in almost every song. There is no professional production to speak about. It has not one single human voice on it. In theory, this is the album that anyone with the equipment and a little skill could have made. Far from the complex sounds and productions of current IDM artists.
But why make things complicated when they can be kept simple? Ever heard of Occam's razor? "Simple" is the word that Moby himself uses for this kind of music -- "simple electronic music". It is the only term that fits; you cannot call it techno because it will not make you want to dance, you cannot call it ambient because it will not take you to the skies, you cannot call it IDM because it isn't intelligent. But it will make you happy.
I think that the simplicity of an emotional album like this is a necessity for the feelings to be transmitted pure, without any cheesy flourishes. Since the feelings are simple, why make the music complex. Moby doesn't attempt to cover or complicate the message either; when three of the seven songs have "love" in their title, the meaning is overexplicit. Simple goodness and love is what it is all about. The only philosophy you will ever need.
Naturally, the CD comes with a Moby-ish essay on why you shouldn't eat animals.
Put shortly, "The end of everything" is a great album. You can order it from firstname.lastname@example.org for 10 UKP plus postage.