ALBUM REVIEW: Mr Fogg “Moving Parts”

Label: Kicking Ink
Release Date: 19.04.2010

Mr Fogg, a name derived as a reference to Phileas Fogg (as Phileas sounds like his own Christian name Phil), is from Reading in Berkshire and has spent numerous years fine tuning his debut album “Moving Parts”. In a 2007 interview with the BBC he said he had some 40 songs for the album. What is now delivered to us is best described as electro-pop.  Mr Fogg having created a musical blend of Athlete and Calvin Harris.

The album is not short of talented input.  It was recorded in Iceland in 2009 with Björk-collaborator Valgeir Sigurðsson (“My Bones Creek” delivers the same slow opening synonymous with Björk’s “It’s Oh So Quiet”). Meanwhile, the video to lead single ‘Moving Parts’ was filmed in Los Angeles with legendary director Tony Kaye (“American History X”) in control.

Each track is relaxed pop over cool electronic beats. The bells and soft piano of “Moving Parts” instantly soothes and relaxes the listener. However, “Moving Parts” is not something I would gleam enjoyment from listening to in its entirety in one sitting. It is much better suited to being used as part of a playlist.

Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Rachael Preece

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