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Classic Album Review: Moby | 18 B Sides

The electronica superstar maximizes the profit potential of his most recent album.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Moby may be the world’s most capitalistic recycler.

First he licensed virtually every track from Play to advertisers. Now he’s out to maximize the profit potential of every song from last year’s 18. The misleadingly titled 18 B Sides contains 13 typically atmospheric, hypnotic and forgettable electronica constructs and castoffs from Herman Melville’s great-great grandnephew. But to make up for the quantity (if not the quality) of the tuneage, Moby includes a DVD stuffed with content — 21 outtakes and bonus tracks, half a dozen videos, a live concert and a dozen remixes. None of which is exciting or new enough to make this a worthwhile purchase for anyone but the most dedicated fan.