Moby is a man of many talents: singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and occasional conga player, but his genius lies in his ability to blend, arrange and manipulate sounds as diverse as cotton field spirituals to raging techno. He played to his strengths last night at a sold out XRT show at the Vic Theatre, moving from instrument to instrument, keeping the beat and chants going, often asking the partisan crowd if they were having a fine time. That was a rhetorical question. He was ably assisted by two powerful female voices, including opening act Kelli Scarr who also doubled on keyboards. He played a lot from his latest album, including two versions of “Pale Horses”, but didn’t neglect favorites like “We Are All Made of Stars”, “Natural Blues,””Porcelain” and “South Side”, the latter featuring some pretty good electric guitar (he’s been practicing.) The fans ate it all up, especially when Moby reminded them that a city with a good progressive radio station is a better place to live.
(Written by Frank E. Lee)