Moloko – Things To Make And Do

Album Review by Nigel A. Messenger

In the latter part of 1999 Moloko’s single release SING IT BACK stormed the charts. Every time you turned on the radio it seemed to pump out the song, and why not, it’s a great dance single. Moloko were even nominated for a Brit award.

Now, in the first few months of 2000, Moloko have done it again and sure enough, turn on the radio and what do you hear, their follow up single, THE TIME IS NOW, another brilliant dance track.

So what about the new album THINGS TO MAKE & DO? It’s Moloko’s follow up album to DO YOU LIKE MY TIGHT SWEATER and I AM NOT A DOCTOR and it’s not a pure dance album as we might have expected after the two hit dance singles.

To be fair SING IT BACK and THE TIME IS NOW are not just “dance” singles they cover a wider specturm than that. Both are featured on the album, SING IT BACK being an extended mix, and at track number 18, yes 18, the album lasts for almost 69 minutes.

It’s a very interesting 69 minutes too, with some mixed styles from funk to acoustic house. The best after SING IT BACK and THE TIME IS NOW are PURE PLEASURE SEEKER, INDIGO and REMAIN THE SAME. There are also a few very short tracks, a minute or less, scattered between the other tracks which is why the track number count is so high.

Moloko are Roisin Murphy and Mark Brydon and are from Sheffield, UK.

THINGS TO MAKE & DO is an interesting album which you might need to listen to a few times to get into the various styles, but it’s worth your time.

4 stars

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