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Japanese Release featuring an Exclusive Bonus Track.
One of techno's prime trendsetters, Moby flashed surprising rock chops on the Joy Division tribute Means to an End in 1995. Here he abandons the dance floor completely for a convincing stroll through a multitude of guitar-based styles. "Come on Baby" is the man's idea of trad rock, "Someone to Love" explodes like the best hardcore, and "Face It" is a swelling progressive epic. Animal Rights also includes Moby's ode to his roots, a cover of Mission of Burma's "That's When I Reach for My Revolver." --Jeff Bateman
Top Customer Reviews
Half of the tracks are frantic, near punk as Moby screams to a frenzied beat. The rest of the songs are mellow, relaxed and hypnotic. The best of these is the Eno-esque, "A Season In Hell". The remake of "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" is a great rock and roll number - and the only one like it on the album. Moby brings out the violin on "Love Song For My Mom" (literally) and it's hard to tell if it's synthesized or real. The best song (IMO) on the album is "Living", simply a pleasant song and worth the price of the entire CD.
I could have done without all the pontificating in the liner notes and the pleading message, "please listen to Animal Rights in its entirety at least once", however nice a gesture it was. It's the music that really counts here. Moby seems to have been unsure which direction to take here, but just a few of the songs make it worth the listen.
1) There are too many tracks that go on and on whether they be ambient or hard rock--examples of this include Say It's All Mine and Alone, both are over 10 minutes long. I know God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters was long but these 2 tracks are no GMOTFOTW.
2) I really like Moby when he does techno/dance/trance. Everything Is Wrong, I Like To Score, and of course, Play are great examples where he performs some classic tracks in this genre (Feeling So Real, Everytime You Touch Me, James Bond Theme, Oil 1, Honey, Southside, Run On, and Porcelain just to name a few).
I think Moby did this album to prove to his critics that he was more than some DJ that can mix songs, that he was actually a musician, and a talented one at that. However, he did not play to his strengths on this album. I would recommend this album to die-hard fans of his like me or those who like punk/hard rock. Don't be expecting Play or you will be severely disappointed.
The album opens with a sweet snythsizer tune, then abruptly dives into heavy metal, with "Someone To Love" "Heavy Flow" and "You" The album then drifts back into classic Moby, with sweet melodies such as "Now I Let It Go" and "Old" (one of my favorite tracks). Unlike "Play", "Animal Rights" is not a flowing album. It is choppy and cut-up, as if we are experencing some kind of hidden sturggle within Moby's mind. He is passionate to DJ culture, yet feels reluctant to break away from his roots and scream against screeching guitars and pounding drums. In the end, the album fades away with dreamy and seductive tracks: "Living" "Love Song For My Mom" and "A Season In Hell" as if to say he's returned peacefully to his normal style. If you've just bought Play, and think that's all the man's got up his sleeve, you should consider "Animal Rights" because everything is wrong.
Most recent customer reviews
I love that moby does different things and realizes that music is not set in boundaries. This album will surprise anyone who has the misconception that moby is just a techno or... Read morePublished on April 20 2004
This is an amazing disk. I personally love almost everything I have heard from Moby, but this album rates in the top three. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by C. Runyan
This is definately my favourite Moby album. It mixes some mellow ambient tracks that he's famous for with exciting, incredibly fun punk-rock tracks. Read morePublished on March 21 2003 by Beeblebrox223
i got into moby long ago by picking up everthing is wrong. what a horrible album that was. i wanted to give moby a 2nd chance so i bought animal rights. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2003 by Daniel J. Hagerman
Yeah, I am a big fan of moby, and accidentally buying the CD that almost ended his career doesn't shake that, if you want some good Moby might I suggest 18 or Play, this has some... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003
Animal Rights is one of those rare albums that come only once every so often... Something that manages to take two different styles, and place them side by side. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2003 by Andrew
This album is easily the best piece of work Moby has ever done. No filler "commercial" tracks like his last two albums, no over the top techno like his early albums. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2003 by Jason's Jukebox
Moby's "Animal Rights" isn't what you expect to hear from a musician whose known for such songs as "Go" and "Bodyrock". Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2003 by suburban cowboy
If you are not interested in the dull, grey, median, this cd is for you. Moby is flirting with the edges of the extreme, from trashy songs like Someone To Love and Heavy Flow to... Read morePublished on July 17 2002