Single Review: Moby – “In This World” (UK #2)

“In This World” is the third single from Moby’s album, 18, and it was released in November 2002. When the single was released in the UK, it was released on two CDs; this review will focus on the second of the two UK singles, which includes three remixes of “In This World.”

The first mix is the “T&F vs. Moltosugo Club Mix Edit.” While the mix itself was done well, I feel that the sound of the mix just isn’t appropriate for a song like “In This World”; to me, this mix made the song sound “too happy.” I think that the style of this mix would have worked better for a song that was originally more upbeat in tone. One of the best things about this mix is the fact that it clocks in at around three minutes in length.

The next mix, “ATFC’s Southern Fried Vocal,” is very redundant musically, and runs much too long. The most annoying part of this mix is that there are two spots where the vocalist’s note is extended; while extended notes in and of themselves aren’t necessarily bad, these extended notes lasted for at least 45 seconds to a minute, if not longer. I would have preferred it if this mix hadn’t been included; but, if it had to be, I wish an edit of it had been included instead.

The last mix on the disc is the “Push Vocal Club Mix.” This was another mix that was redundant musically and ran too long. I also didn’t like the fact that not many of the vocals were used on this mix. What few vocals that are used constantly have an echo on them; to me, the echo did nothing to help either the vocals or the mix as a whole. Again, I wish this mix hadn’t been included; but, if it had to be included, I wish an edit had been used instead.

If you’re a fan of Moby who has to have every version of every song that he’s released, or if you’re a fan of any of the remixers whose work appears on this disc, then this single would be worth adding to your music collection. However, if you’re a more casual Moby fan, then you’re probably better off sticking with the 18 album, because most of the mixes that appear on this disc really aren’t worth it.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of the second UK single for “In This World” that my husband and I purchased.

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