Laura Dawn is also a collaborator on the album’s most egregious sin, the track that drops Hotel from being mediocre dreck, easily quarantined and ignored, to something far worse. I’m talking, of course, about Melville’s cover of New Order’s “Temptation,” which takes the lovestruck dancefloor daze of the original and strips it down to nauseating Rhodes, preset, and canned strings slowcore. Suddenly, I find myself longing for the halcyon days of Frente!
Ouch. Bernie Sumner’s got a second opinion in the NY Times:
Moby just recorded a version of New Order’s song “Temptation” for his new album, Hotel, which he sent us for approval. The original is an up-tempo, almost danceable track, but it’s got a really emotive quality to the lyrics. (Don’t ask me what they’re about; it’s been so long.) I think it’s one of our best songs live, and I’d go so far as to say it’s my favorite New Order track of all time. I’m really glad Moby did a version of it. He slowed the track down and stripped it to its basic elements, and I think it really works. It displays the words and the melody in all their wonderful nakedness.
If you’re curious listen (REAL) to 30 secs from Moby’s version. And since y’all probably have New Order’s original, here’s a different version from the joint Radio 1/BBC2 program “Sight & Sound” (via treasure trove new-order.net)…
New Order – “Temptation” (Live FM 8/25/84 (MP3)
Previously: Stereogum hearts Joy Division.