Play - The DVD
our score: 3.25 out of 5.0
be no doubt that Play, the album that shot Moby to international
fame and fortune, is a modern classic. It's an astonishing collection
of inspirational dance music that has yielded a string of hit
singles and nearly every track has been used for a film or TV
commercial, meaning that it has been etched on the public's mind
for three years. Whooops of excitement could be heard, then, when
it was announced that the fun-loving, vegan Christian was releasing
a Play DVD, giving everyone with a player and a half decent
TV the chance to experience Moby on a different level.
promising much, and indeed delivering plenty, Play on DVD
could be a great deal better. The plus points include a six-set
performance taken from Later With Jools Holland that shows
how stunning and well-worked the Play tour was, and a section
of videos from Play's singles, some of which are visually
better than others.
There is also
the interesting opportunity to link the DVD up to a computer and
re-mix Moby tracks and a self-indulging 20-minute documentary
"Give An Idiot A Camcorder" which Moby made while on
tour and sees him carry off a crackingly comical Scottish impression.
But the word that spoils the DVD is repetition. There is a wealth
of musical talent waiting to be mined on Play, yet the
DVD barely touches the surface and milks the best-known moments
too much. "Porcelain" is played twice on the Jools
Holland set and in the video section there are two different
videos for "Bodyrock," "Natural Blues" and
(yet again) "Porcelain."
To top this
off, a megamix CD that comes with it and is also featured on the
DVD is a monotonous and wasteful voyage into the world of Moby
remixes that could and should have been awesome rather than a
labour to listen to. Bringing out albums and video collections
on DVD is definitely the future of music, and Moby is one of several
artists pioneering the transition. But Play is probably
the best album so far made available on DVD and it really deserved
to be given better treatment. We wanted a video for every track
and more live action. Instead, we got a home movie and a retro-style
megamix. And some repetition.
liked Play - the DVD...
10 videos for 7 songs
- Moby's megamix: best of Play remixes
- Give an Idiot a Camcorder
- Live on TV Jools Holland
- Play the computer