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Moby and the Void Pacific Choir - "Almost Loved" (Singles Going Steady)

When Belle and Sebastian did this kind of quantized, Euro jam thing, it was cute because we felt they somehow didn't know any better.

Ryan Dieringer: In which we have flashbacks to walking around listening to “Play” on our discmen. His anthemic. trance-y signature feels buried so deep in the Kraut here that I'm not quite getting the feels I like from Moby. When Belle and Sebastian did this kind of quantized, Euro jam thing, it was cute because we felt they somehow didn't know any better. That said, upon repeated listens, the lyrics do become strangely affecting, and succeed in their attempt at a twisted love letter to California. Next time I am raving with a bunch of teenagers in LA, I'm not gonna be disappointed when this gets dropped. [6/10]

Kevin Korber: I mean, this is probably the best Pet Shop Boys song I’ve heard in the past ten years. I can’t say that Moby’s growing distaste for the City of Angels is an artistic concept worth mining further, though. [5/10]

COMBO SCORE: 5.50

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