This is the first album that Mark and Roisin have made as friends and not lovers. An important consideration, as the two have made a big decision to continue a creative relationship all in the bid to arrive at the final destination – Statues. As Mark said “In a way, the whole process of making it was the end of a chapter in our relationship and the start of another. It’s a triumph of believing in something enough to ride all over that.” Although we are unsure of the difficulty faced in continue a working relationship, Moloko fans should be glad they did.
The huge orchestrations required to produce a record of this nature are evident no more than in the symphonic closer Over & Over and ‘The Only Ones’, however the album has a disco, pop, jazzy feel to it epitomized by the albums 5th single ‘Forever More’.
Statues has a more complete feel to it than the three predecessors, and without containing an abundance of top 40 hits, it is a very intelligent, heart warming record that should be listened to on a deep comfy couch, in a quiet living room, with a whisky & coke and your best friend.