Another European trip-hop diva? But why?
We've already shivered along with Björk, gotten gloomy with Beth Gibbons,
and jazzed it up with Tracey Thorn. Must we even listen to Reykjavik resident
Moa Juniusdottir? Well, why not? Moa's debut touches on the various subtleties
of trip-hop, such as they are, and she's adept at falling in line with any mood
that she and main collaborator (and ex-Björk affiliate) Eythor Arnalds
The oscillating opener, "Joy & Pain," stomps along like a dance-floor
anthem; the drum 'n' bass stomach-sinker "Toy" zones out into a
vaguely psychedelic realm. Elsewhere, Moa, who bears some physical resemblance
to Uma Thurman, is up for a casually poppy dance tune ("Raining in My Heart")
or a coldly ominous meditation ("Virtual Affair"). Sure, she sounds like a
dozen other Euro chanteuses -- she even verges on Nina Persson and Shirley
Manson -- but the overall effect isn't so much derivative as diverting.
-- Richard A. Martin