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The great iconoclast of techno returns with a smooth, sacred, and exhilarating record. Play's concoction of breakbeat rhythms, ambient mixology, and inspired blues and gospel samples cry out across musical genres and histories, imparting a time-tested wisdom to beat-driven ears. Moby's devout faith--in both God and his own musical whims--give this approach a sort of legitimacy that another, less sincere artist would never have. That sincerity reverberates through the beats and instrumental eclecticism like a pulse. The soulful refrains and proclamations in "Find My Baby" and "Natural Blues" somehow nestle between straight-up dance-floor rave-ups ("Bodyrock") and melt-in-your-mouth ambience ("Inside") with an effortless grace. Moby reaches across his turntables and finds something pure--almost organic. In fact, the album feels more natural than techno is ever supposed to feel, more spiritual than what DJs are supposed to be able to muster, and more alive than it has any right to be. --Matthew Cooke
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Moby takes 18 tracks and tackles multiple genres: rock, hip hop, blues, gospel, accoustic, and many more. Many tracks contain samplings of other songs (ranging from Love Rap by Spoony G and The Trecherous 3 to Run On For A Long Time, a 1937 gospel piece), while others are true original compositions with Moby doing the vocals himself. It creates for a rather confusing effect: you won't know exactly who you're listening to--but believe me, you'll be enjoying yourself too much to care.
Moby is a devout Christian, and his spirituality shines in every one of these 18 tracks. It would be wrong, though, to call this religious music--it's not looking to convert anyone, if that's a worry of yours. I'm an Agnostic myself, and I loved the spiritual, empowering feelings of these songs.
I've noticed other reviews say that some songs are great while others fail, but I honestly believe each and every one of these songs has something to offer. Some, like "7", "Down Slow", and "Inside" don't have any lyrics and do resort to a more traditional techno sound, but are enthralling nevertheless.
So go on and add it to your shopping cart. If you don't absolutely love it, then--well--feel free to write me an angry e-mail.
'Play' was a platinum-selling album worldwide.Read more ›
This is a stand-alone CD by Moby, as well. The rest of his musical repretoire is talanted, and he has shown that he is continually re-inventing his musical style. However, it seems to me that 18 is just an attempt to "re-work" Play: It doesn't come off properly.
The first twelve tracks on this album are genuine Moby: They are guitar and drum, jazz and blues. My personal favorite is "Run On," which is track 11: Its lively piano and catchy rhythm (cliche) are what initially introduced me to this album. The last six tracks are more ambient, with Moby exploring pure instrumentals.
What makes this album so magnificant is the impression that Moby had an absolute ball producing it. It shines through how much he enjoyed making the music on this album, and as a result, it has received much attention. Any lover of any genre of music is sure to enjoy Play: It is an excellent piece of musical artistry.
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I really like some of the songs! Some songs just okay...not my taste. I'm disappointed, however, that the CD doesn't work in my car (I have an older car).Published 5 months ago by Patricia Jack
Awesome album. Great to listen to in the car. Combats road rage.Published 8 months ago by Robin Setter
Moby is more than a genius of techno, he is a genius of music. What he does in this album is so joyful and depressing simultaneously, I just want to listen to it over and over... Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Jeremy Webber
I have two complaints to do on this album. First, I find it too long (18 songs total, that's a lot). Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Guylaine Le Ber
Normally I don't give 5 stars unless I enjoy almost all the songs. But despite some songs that I don't like as much, most of the songs are pretty good and a few are amazing. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by klhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
I have not heard some of the songs off here.This was used in millions of comercials and plus it has some good songs from what I heard. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Chris
Usually when people hear a few good songs on an album, they usually give it 5 stars, which is the case with this album. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Snack Patrol