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Classic Album Review: Moby | 18

The princiled indie veteran-turned-licensing mogul picks up where his hit Play left off.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Last Heard From: A TV set near you, thanks to the fact that Moby licensed every single track from his 1999 left-field breakthough hit album Play to advertisers.

What You Get: Play it again, man. These 18 (duh!) tracks pick up where Play left off, once again merging blues, soul and R&B vocals and samples with lush, eccentric electro-pop, IDM and trip-hop. This time out, though, Moby seems to rely more on live vocals, including his own Robert Pollard-ish garage-pop croak.

Does it Rock? Not on your life. With his languid aquatic pace and hypnotically circular arrangements, Moby is more about the chillout room than the mosh pit. Though first single We Are All Made of Stars does have a moody, Bowie-meets-GBV garage-glam sheen to it.

The Dark Side: What, no Alice Cooper cover?

It’s Worth: Waiting for a sale — after all, you’ll hear most of it on TV commercials soon enough anyway.