Play is the fifth studio album by American electronic musician Moby. It was released on May 17, 1999, through Mute Records internationally and V2 Records in North America. Recording of the album began in mid-1997, following the release of Moby's fourth album, Animal Rights (1996), which deviated from his electronica style; Moby's goal for Play was to return to this style of music, blending downtempo with blues and roots music samples. Originally intended to be his final record, the album was recorded at Moby's home studio in Manhattan, New York. While some of Moby's earlier work had garnered critical and commercial success within the electronic dance music scene, Play was both a critical success and a commercial phenomenon. Initially issued to lackluster sales, it topped numerous album charts months after its release and was certified platinum in more than 20 countries. The album introduced Moby to a worldwide mainstream audience, not only through a large number of hit singles that helped the album to dominate worldwide charts for two years, but also through unprecedented licensing of its songs in films, television shows, and commercials. Play eventually became the biggest-selling electronica album of all time, with over 12 million copies sold worldwide. In 2003 and 2012, Play was ranked number 341 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.Wikipedia
(listening to the blues) pretty good. but i wish 5 seconds of this got looped and put over a shitty drum track and stock keyboards for 2 hours
I listened to this multiple times to just to make sure I hadn't lost my sense of smell and still enjoyed it as much as I initially thought I did. It seems that those who have any issues with this album are simply bent out of shape due to the fact that Moby licensed EVERY song from this album for commercials or television shows or any other medium that would turn a profit for him. The story goes Moby did so because this album was met with such a thud upon initial release, and he needed some way to promote the album and you know, make a living. There are at least six songs here that are absolute bangers. But Moby's naysayers nitpick and suggest he was nothing but a curator, collecting samples from his favorite sources. If I'm interested in hearing how the sausage was made, it's usually because it tastes so good and I can't get enough of it. Go ahead and enjoy the shit out of this gem. My most pleasantly surprising 5 so far.
i mean i don't feel as negatively toward Moby as Eminem, but yeah... not a fan
Do.... do I like Moby?
How to Be a Hitmaker in 5 Easy Steps, by Moby: 1: Sample black vocalist. The older, the better. 2: Add rave piano. Guitars if feeling adventurous. 3: Add sweeping synths. 4: Repeat. 5: Patent technique before Fatboy Slim can. Don't get me wrong, the process produces some good music on occasion, but Moby spends practically half the album doing so, to the point that it ends up sounding like a cynical, AI-synthesized version of Endtroducing... that was created by a car company's ad department. And the less said about the album's other half, the better. Key Tracks: Bodyrock, Natural Blues
just elevator music - it's the sort of thing people who "don't really do music" would have playing at a party. 2/10
I love everything about the story of this record, from Moby thinking it was going to be his last work before he had to get a real job to the fact that it took months to catch on. It's just bangers front to back. Best track: Porcelain.
The songs sound one-paced and samey.
Incredibly repetitive, though clearly purposely so. Also it's like 2 hours long, I didn't listen to most of it. It wasn't particularly interesting to me, but wasn't particularly bad either.
Absolute banger. SO many good tracks.
I liked it. I didn't expect to...but it was fun.
Toda una sorpresa. Pedazo de disco. Ritmos elegantes y muy bien construídos
Beautiful, interesting, vibrant. Good creative work music, can be ambient or the main event. Techno and soul influences side by side. A new favorite.
So many songs, so many car commercials! Moby certainly wasn’t the first (or last) to sample old blues & gospel artists but he did it better than anyone else. Probably due to the fact that in addition to being a "sampler” he was (and still is) a composer and multi-instrumentalist. The non-blues numbers aren’t as strong but still have a nice texture and are easy to listen to. With all the mileage I got out of some of these tracks in my spin classes I have no choice but to give it a 5.
Moby, Moby, Moby. You sexy little cunt. This record soundtracked the greatest period of my life. I wasn't used to having periods, being male, but one day Play by Moby came on thr wireless and my minge just would not stop gushing with blood. Since then, I've had 7 different incidents, each involving the music of Moby and a lot of vaginal bleeding. Buckets of the stuff.
Moby was good. So many of these songs were in our subconscious and we didn't even know it. I guess that's what happens when you're good at writing music with long cultural teeth and licensing it
Go on, Moby lad.
mad how something that was so inescapable and the biggest thing in existence when it came out can end up so forgotten when its no longer the zeitgeist.
One of the first electronic records I ever listened to, so there is some nostalgia here, but it really is just easy listening music for 1999
Moby a connu une ascension assez singulière dans l'industrie musicale. Il a pendant très longtemps fait de l'électro dans sa chambre sans jamais réussir à percer jusqu'au jour où, dégustant une planche mixte charcuterie-fromage en terrasse d'un café, il vit débouler Eminem qui lui passa une soufflante d'une violence inouïe et totalement imméritée puisque les deux hommes ne se connaissaient pas. Très marqué par cet épisode, Moby s'en servit cependant pour lancer sa carrière avec l'album Play. La pochette de ce dernier témoigne d'ailleurs du phénomène pavlovien suivant : lorsque Moby entend le nom d'Eminem (ici diffusé par le talkie-walkie sur la gauche), il sursaute de manière ultra-spectaculaire, ce qui a tendance à amuser ses amis.
This album was like readymade songs for ads.
Starts with a bang. Aside from one or two more bangs, this is ass.
A disappointing start to my 1001 albums daily listening. Nostalgic middle of the road easy listening.
This really brought back the beginning of the lights for me. But I would like to leave it there, if only for what I know about Moby today. My guess is that it sounded new when it came out, but how seems like tidied up elevator music.
I remember liking this when it came out. I think maybe this album introduced "electronic" music to a lot of people at the time. Just doesn't hold up.
Ehh I remember when this guy was huge for a minute. I liked Southside back then and I still do. Gwen's vocals really make that song. Porcelain is okay I guess. The rest is mostly annoying. A lot of lackluster blues samples on repeat. Moby can't sing. The music is generally forgettable. I always kinda wanted to like Moby. Apparently he has some punk roots. I know he covered Mission of Burma and that wasn't terrible. Anyway this is pretty much a dud. Could and will listen to Southside many more times in my life though.
Transformative sampling essentially started here and in this time. But it's difficult to go back and listen to, even through rose colored glasses.
God this has not aged well at all. I remember loving it at the time, but it’s actually just aural wallpaper and not in a good way
Somewhat enjoyed but disjointed and there's so much better elsewhere.
While Moby is not as bad as Fatboy Slim or others like that, this just isn't my kind of music. Just feels repetitious and stale.
Not really something I'm going to listen to on purpose ever. There are some snippets of soul/blues with decent beats/samples, but all and all there isn't a lot of substance. I'll never understand people's fascination with Moby.
“Play” by Moby (1999) Desperately disparate, this commercialized collection of tracks is like spike proteins racing through the cultural bloodstream, looking for a capillary to clot. As it was peddled to movie makers and product marketing teams, the listener hears something oddly familiar and asks, “Didn’t I hear that on a TV ad?” And the answer is probably “Yes”. “Play” is not so much an album, but a project. The only unifying theme here is the serendipitous whim of the artist. His general method is to take sampled snippets of old recordings, repeat them over and over, and then add electronic beats and textures. It suffers from the same malady as most techno productions. Once the innovations have been picked up by others, it is no longer interesting as music. Compositionally, it is too repetitive. The only movement in each track is in the adding of layers of electronic mood sounds. And without lyrical or melodic support, these progressions are merely random. What he does on “Natural Blues” is a sacrilege. He takes a classic sample of blues and renders it in a perfectly unnatural way. The vocal sample (the a capella spiritual “Trouble So Hard” by Vera Hall) is not in perfect pitch, which is fine if it doesn’t clash with other tones. But then Moby adds perfectly tuned chords and fills that only serve to accentuate the flaws of the original sample. This should be illegal. Anyway, fall in love with this ‘music’ at your aesthetic peril. 1/5
Gross creepy weirdo whose music sucks.
Every song is a loop of the first seconds
The soundtrack to a thousand tedious dinner parties. "More flan Miriam?"
Uninspiring. Sounds like a bad Bourne Movie soundtrack.
Seminal album from a strange, strange man
Love a lot of this album!
It could potentially get 5 stars for Porcelain alone, but the album is also undeniably strong, innovative and enjoyable. Even the instrumentals like Everloving hold their own if a very long 18 track release. Fantastic.
A really great album. Electronica with lots of different samples from hip hop, gospel, R&B. Really surprised me, and one of my favorites so far.
Excellent album. It’s a regular on my in car playlist. Sensational.
Bring Sally up!
Awesome, just awesome
Became background, although I used to listen to this album a lot. A few tracks surprised- sounded a bit like Prodigy/Underworld. Also ‘Guitar flute and strings’ raised a fun chat
Fabulous album - 9/10. I figure it is called play because it swings between elecronic genres like crazy. Pop, techno, house, hip hop, trip hop, and experimental. The sampling is excellent and the album is a must have for anyone who loves electronic music. It is so big, I'm sure it can convert people who don't like electronic music. It truly is a modern album despite being really old now. It feels as fresh as the day it came out - rare that one can be ahead of their time and popular in their time as well. Amazing record.
Transcendent electronic house jams. A fantastic era for the genre, I love the sound of the late 90's.
An amazing electronic album, well worth the title of classic
One of my favourites. Perfect.
Varied, chill, relaxing
Oh yeH this rocks
Lots of ambient tracks and the well known Moby hits from early on. Good work music. Front end is a bit more energetic, back end is much more chill lo-fi. Double album, lots of good tracks, definitely good background music.
Chill but danceable at the same time. I just love the vibe of this album so much.
This is an amazing album! I first got acquainted with the work of Moby. It has never happened before that I liked absolutely all the songs on the album. Even my favorite bands. But here everything is different: all the songs in the album are different in style / genre, and even to the 18th song the brain does not have time to get used to it and gets more pleasure. Despite the lack of genre boundaries, the album leaves a full-fledged aftertaste and self-image as a phenomenon. And I want to listen to more. Not selectively, but a whole album! It is endlessly interesting to listen to. In a word, "Play" is the best thing that I have met in the musical field lately.
Every track is the best it could be.
I was planning to give this a 4. Until I listened to it again. And again.
Absolutely love this mix of Blues and Beats. Wonderful use of sampling to be more creative than usual in this genre. Stand out Tracks for me: "Porcelain" "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" & of course "Natural Blues" and well worth it's place in this list.
Was pleasantly surprised by this one. All the songs were interesting and innovative. Not really my normal genre but really good.
All time classic. Got played so much it was in danger of being over-exposed but after a while away from it, it's just great.
If I had to list out the most important albums of the 2000s I likely would not have thought of this one. Listening to it now it’s pretty undeniable how pervasive this music was during that decade. The bad take is this is the sound of car commercials. Realistically, this is the sound of cool for this era and everyone wanted to be associated with Moby. This album is so clean and so catchy it’s no wonder every song got put under any commercial or movie that would pay for it. 20 years later I think you have to call this the point when ‘selling out’ stopped being a thing.
Very moody. I loved it!
Best Song: Find My Baby. All the vocals looped throughout were excellent. Worst Song: Porcelain. Overall: Excellent collection of songs with great sampling and mixing. Track ordering is sometimes weird though, resulting in heavy tonal shifts between tracks (e.g., the transition from Rushing to Bodyrock). Last third of the album also slows down considerably.
Ótimo album! Música eletrônica com pitadas de soul!
Moby always AMAZING! <3
What an album! Only knew the song "Extreme Ways" before this so this was a revelation. Such a variety of sound and feeling across the record but it melds so well. I'll definitely be listening to this more.
I know I’m rating it in a biased fashion, but this album is so damned beautiful, start to finish. It was my lone companion on a nighttime bus ride from Pittsburgh to Detroit circa January 2001.
Didn't realize how good this album was..
This album has significant musical and sentimental impact in my life. Beautiful blend of modern dance and blues music.
I'd spent years studying Alan Lomax so to hear his recordings sampled by Moby and become a humongous album cheered me enormously - bringing so much good music to the electronica pretentiously inclined. And it was an amazing album in too many ways to list.
Great use of samples especially of Lomax collected blues music. The music is upbeat and driving which prevents the album from dragging which is necessary for an album that is about an hour long. I enjoy the use of blues/RnB samples with an electronic and string overlay. It adds a different depth of emotion to an already emotional genre. The strings particularly add an expansiveness with a tinge of melancholy.
Yep, still love this album. Loved the mash up of Black folk/heritage music and dance music, and ambient/chill tracks like Everloving. I know this album isn’t for everyone, but it definitely has a place in my sonic landscape, even after 20+ years.
Play was one of my favorite albums of the late 90s! Loved seeing Moby performing it in concert even more. And then sometime in the 2000s I forgot about it. But I’m glad I got reunited with it. It flows so effortlessly, bouncy one moment to deeply mellow the next. It was a soundtrack for a snapshot in time that could be reimagined as a snapshot for today. Love it!
wonderful album. Brought me back to high school when I owned the CD and used to play it in my car.
Really good album. Every song is so different but great. Definitely adding a few to some playlists
Defined the genre
Toch meer piano en gitaar dan ik verwachtte. De singles kende ik al, maar de rest van dit album is ook top!
This album is quite nice, very nice. Wow. This album is quite nice, very nice. Yeah. This album is a bit repetitive, perhaps. Wow. But just some lyrics, though. Just some. This album is quite nice, very nice. Wow. This album is quite nice, very nice. Yeah. This album is a bit repetitive, perhaps. Wow. But just some lyrics, though. Just a few, babe.
Cracking album. Brought techno and sampling to the masses. Cover art 5/5
I don't know how to explain how much I love this album. Every song has it's own "soul" but they all work so well together too.
Every song is incredible and it’s 2 hours long. Sounds like it could’ve been made today. A masterpiece
This is such a beast of an album. There's not a single bad track. The whole thing slaps end to end. How is that possible?! It's a perfect mix of mainstream rock traditions and club electronica concepts. The samples are all purposely chosen and perfectly used. The beats are concrete, they're so solid. Everything is so layered that, even on a second, third, or thirteenth listen, there's more to explore and enjoy. It doesn't get old. It's just... damn. So good.
A great album with what are now classics. It's hard to overstate the influence this album has had on modern music and culture.
Moby's ambient expressions that are so hauntingly beautiful. Should be in everyone's library.
rating this today i'd give it a 3/5, but having been a late teen when it hit and knowing just how big and influential it was, i give it a 5. this album was massive and a full on game changer. soooo many copy cats have caused the shine to dull a bit, but man, in my head, it's still an all time great.
Fan-fucking-tastic jfc Clear anticipation of much of the synth and vaporwave of 2010s, really sick downbeat electronic stuff. Great use of vocals and general atmosphere
So I've heard about Moby, but I just thought he was a weird bald dude that made some kinda electronica music. I never really got the hype. But listening to the album, it made me realise that it has been a part of the wider soundscape for at least the last 23 years. There were so many familiar songs throughout, although I couldn't exactly pinpoint from where they were familiar - whether it was movies, ads or TV shows it's been a part of the wider musical zeitgeist. The lo-fi electronic beats, expertly moulded into ambient background music, it was really what I needed at work today. Not to sound too corny, Play took me to a zen, meditative state, where I was really able to focus and remove all intrusive thoughts. Definitely gave LoFi Girl a run for their money. Best: Procelain Worst: N/A
Had this CD stuck in the car 20 years ago and must have played it a zillion times. Still like it though- the tracks are like a soothing mantra to me. On the face of it Play is a bunch of samples with a disco beat but I think the sum is greater than the parts.
the album is epic
I’ve long loved this album, it has everything
Wauw. Heerlijke bekende schijven met porcelain, why does my heart feel so bad en natural blues maar vergeet die prachtige afsluiter niet. Deze gaat nog gespeeld worden.
I love this album, played heaps when younger, the dudes a bit crazy but putting that side, great album.
Whenever Moby comes in a conversation, there's always a groan, followed by "but Play was really good". I suspect that we're culturally tired of Moby himself, (in a similar way to the likes of Bono and Michael Stipe), but what a corker of an album Play is, bravo!
amazing album takes me right back
Great album! Great flow, the variety keeps each new track fresh. Jam-packed with hits, and the B-sides are well worth the listen.
Another brilliant album with some classics songs
The album that launched a thousand commercials. A classic.
Thought I hadn’t heard any of it, but everything seemed familiar. This music has been a part of a lot of the world I just didn’t know it. Really great album! Really great songs! I love it!
I had a dance teacher who used this album in class a lot in the early 00s. I liked it so I ended up buying it. A few of the songs are barely noticeable ambience, melt into the background/use in commercials kinds of things. But many are catchy or interesting or both. I enjoyed revisiting this record today.
This was really good...maybe too good... I kept getting distracted with dancing and not staying on task with my work today! I think that Moby had been on my list for further listing back in the day and just never got around to it. I have been missing out!!
Yeah Yeah Yeah! This is how you do it. Moby's masterful cobbling together of so many incredible sounds and voices made something wonderful. It has a clear voice and theme (I love the blues voices so much!), but each track is distinctive. Repeated samples only add to the ever-building layers of music. An hour went by and I was ready for some B-sides or to hear it again. I'd never heard this whole album before ("Porcelain" and "South Side" were already favorites) but it made me happy happy happy today.
There is not a weak track on this album. The ones that aren’t total bangers make up for it with fantastic composition on the keys.
I bought this album I think in 2000 I think, I was in computer class and the kid next to me asked to borrow it and my best friend came out to me over AIM and said she had a crush on me and I was an ass about it. Anyway
Overlong, but decent LP. The hits are still good. Why Does My Heart and Machete are overlooked. The back half of the album is a downbeat EP in itself - really good. 3.5 stars, rounded up.
What starts off as this upbeat banger central album ends on a poignant note. It's a ride, for sure. Perhaps Play really is the best title for it, because its encompassing all the stages of play. The hype at the beginning, to the somberness at the end.
Mange fede numre. Elektronisk med blues beats. Nogle svipsere men overordnet rigtigt fedt. Føles lidt "dated"
Really liked this. Haven't heard it in YEARS.
Some good songs, some overplayed
Sounds very 90s, not that that's a bad thing. Machete and Bodyrock used to be my jams. I wish it would pick a lane between pop/big beat and poppy ambient, though. It's uneven. Rerelease as two EPs.
Imádtam anno és most is teljes nosztalgiahullám
A really fun album, although Moby might've used samples from a CD stolen from his friend
Super unique, funky sound. Liked it a lot.
Wow, where to begin with this album....so outside of the radio tracks i've heard, this was an experience to listen to. A lot of these tracks were very repetitive, with minor changes, especially with the first few tracks. obviously it picks up a bit with tracks 5-8, which, surprise, were major hits. later in the album though, I found it to have a great flow, "Run On" was amazing, which i'm shocked I had never heard that version before, and "If Things Were Perfect" was beautiful in it's lyrics. "Everloving"....wow, was just simple, but gorgeous. Worst track of the album goes to "Machete" (man that one was hard on the ears). I would mention a best track....but man, that's tough to pick, though if i had to, it would definitely go to "Rushing" with "The Sky Is Broken" a close, close, second. I cant believe this music has been around for over twenty years before I finally got around to hearing it.....I guess you can say better late than never, but man, that was a long time I was missing out on some just amazing music.
I enjoyed. 4*
Buen disco. Hay que escucharlo más
Fantastic album. Porcelain is an iconic track.
Un vell conegut que em va acompanyar al walkman durant molt de temps. Encara recordo la còpia pirata que tenia en CD, amb la portada impresa amb mala qualitat. Va ser un disc que a la seva època ho va petar bastant, gràcies als seus 8 o 9 singles que encara avui sonen potents i addictius. L'àlbum sencer, però, és una mica excessiu i recarregat, i acaba sent irregular. Malgrat tot, la nota mitjana és notable.
So innovative and brilliant. A stroke of genius making of the electronic next big thing in pop world. 4,5
This was fucking everywhere for a couple of years at the start of the millennium but don't think I've ever listened to it all the way through. Remember the singles and love the first 4 tracks. Porcelain being the undoubted highlight. After that its all new but its a great listen. Think my distrust of dance music must be the reason i ignored it at the time but this is very good. Maybe a few tracks too long but a solid 4/5.
Nice morning vibes
Yeh good that.
This is an album that I will defend as actually being very good. I’ve enjoyed every listen, and I got this by accident a few years back as I forgot to cancel my VMP membership and it shipped. Listened then and liked it, so I will keep listening and liking it.
I never loved the album at the time, but I loved most of the big tunes. Listening to it now and it's better than I remember. A lot of it holds up and there are def a good number of classics, although it would benefit from a few less tracks. I actually think the excessive film/tv/advert licensing adds to its impressiveness and legacy. Plus it influenced Adele, who knew? 8.5/10
Kyllähän tää ihan töiden taustalla toimii. Piti oikein pari kertaa kuunnella.
Enjoyed listening to this after years of hearing it in full. Some really good tunes on it, although some definitely passed by without me really noticing them. But enough stand out tracks that still sound fresh today.
Bit over it now but a pretty original and seminal album of its era
Gran disco, tiene canciones para cualquier momento, pero me encanta escucharlo mientras viajo.
Excellent album, I’ve listened to it many times already so it was a pleasure to hear it again. Also great background work music!
Ihan ok, omistan levyn :)
It's over, nobody listens to techno
Thought it was great - the upbeat tempo made it perfect for motivation/background music for working or working out.
great stuff :)
Nice. Gute Laufmusik.
No me gusta nada este tipo de música... lo intenté pero no pude escuchar más de dos canciones...
Relaxing and groovy. Some good dance tracks and some more mellow. All well known.
Good album to turn on and let it play. Love me some Moby. Gwen Stefani....very enjoyable.
electronic shit this 4 is worth more than the last one, far more. everloving is a beautiful song great album 4/5
good eclectic eletronic sound
Smoke City- similar to Portishead, cool band that played after the Moby album ended
Not something I would usually listen to, but enjoyed it thoroughly. I've definitely heard porcelain before, but hearing it context is nice.
I do be vibin There be bops and mellow vibes too am enjoying Ooh Porcelain be chill tho Ngl I like this actually, good background-ish sound
Moby's most famous album, and it took a whole year after release to reach that acclaim. This downtempo electronica album was a joy to listen to and it helped me find more gems from Moby. A very unique album if you read into its details.
Not what I expected, but enjoyed it nonetheless
Big surprise. Skitbra
Great start to this new listening experience! Which coincidentally pairs w/the book that I've been documenting my life adventures in. Thx for the opportunity to expand my listening entertainment.
Got it for free from a friend's ex girlfriend. I listened to it quite a bit.
Very, very good! I forgot just how good actually!
An album that passed me by when it was first released, apart from the oversaturation of the singles, but I really enjoyed it. the singles are very good and I also appreciate the blissed-out instrumentals towards the end, whilst my younger self would have certainly disregarded them.
Never listened to this in the 90s, because I heard everyone thought it was vapid. What a bummer. It's perfectly nice, probably even groundbreaking for its time. Not "fascinating" or "challenging" perhaps, but very good for repeated listens, study music, etc and holds up very, very well against what we would now call "ambient." I bet the hate is mostly backlash against saturation.
Pretty good, interesting influences coming through. Good musicianship.
High production quality and some strong songs. Liked it so much more this time around then I did when it came out.
Hit after hit. This album revolutionized techno, influencing music to this day. The first 4 tracks are favorites, but even the tracks that follow are beyond expectations. Their legacy is in no part due to their commercial use in media, cementing many songs in the minds of many. My issue was that the album slowed down after "Run On", and the B-sides added in weakened the appeal, making the album drag on longer than it should. The only real highlight I picked out was "Flower", but I'd still listen to the whole album if I needed ambience.
Good background work music. Awesome beats ahead of it's time
Electro's repetitive samples are sometimes a bit much for me, but enjoyable if you get into the groove/are in the mood. Nostalgic for this time period (turn of the millennium)
Moby seems like an insufferable person and i've honestly never heard anything he's made before or after this album, I legit thought he stopped making music soon after this. but trying to stay as objective as I can this album is pretty good, he got a lot of great samples and did good things with them, he made a lot of forgettable loops catchy and memorable... Most of the album is still really easy to listen to today which in itself is a massive feat compared to a lot of music from that specific era.
This album has its ups and downs for me. The album starts strong, but, by the time I got to Southside, I was plodding through it. The album then finishes strong.
Not something I ever would have listened to, but it was very well executed for the genre.
Качественная и необычная электонная музыка. Большое количество узнаваемых треков. Некий электронный фьюжн. 7,5/10
A long-forgotten old favourite. Lovely to hear it again. I remembered it far better than I thought I would, having not heard it for 20 years.
What impresses me most about this album is how Moby mixes so many disparate styles: American gospel, blues, found music, hip hop and electronica in one record and it all still sounds so cohesive. Its over 20 yrs old but the songs still sound pretty fresh, testament to just how good this album is
Wasn't expecting to like this, but was pleasantly surprised. Creative and fun.
This is a belter. You can hear influences from trip-hop, it was clearly influenced by punk and part of the big-beat movement too - and most of the album slaps hard. I don't think we would have electro swing without this album? It drags a bit towards the end which is the only complaint, but I really enjoyed this
I remember when this album came out - it was everywhere. Literally. Each song has been licenced to be used in adverts, movies etc. Fair play on Moby for the cash in. It's a mix of electronic synths and beats with old school blues tunes. Best Tracks: Honey; Porcelain; Run On
I knew fewer of these than I thought I would, given its marketing push on release. I found the instrumentals and ambient tracks most compelling.
4 time machine
Gefühlt jeder 2. Track zu Beginn dieser Hit Maschine scheint als Single ausgekoppelt worden zu sein; vom Schema alles recht…schematisch & zweidimensional: ein Mörder-Sample, das dann in durch den Beat Schleudergang immer wieder und beim ersten Mal auch unsersättlich gerne wieder und wieder durch geballert wird. Die Auswahl der Versatz Stücke ist groß aber die Verwendung mittlerweile stark datiert. Klingt wie Musik für Leute, die sonst kein Interesse an Musik zeigen. Absolut WDR2-tauglich. Die ruhigen Perlen „Porcelain“, „Natural Blues“ &„Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?“ funktionieren dabei mit am besten und erschaffen das Genre Chill-Wave quasi im Vorbeigehen; eben Musik für Musik Desinteressierte. Was aber nach „If Things Were Perfect“ abgeht, hebt die Chose um mehrere Level. Sparsamer Vocal Einsatz und eine von Walfischen bevorzugte Tiefe und Melancholie setzen den Kontrast hoch und ein paar Pfunde mehr auf die Waage. Dicke 3.6
A fascinating use of samples in electronic music, with some ambient tracks. 'Play' manages to be loud and upbeat, retaining a good semblance of complexity that pairs well with its fundamental electronic elements. While certain tracks lean toward downtempo, Moby produces an overall satisfying listen with sufficient flair.
This album is pretty good. I like the use of samples. Got it on CD a while ago.
Música electrónica-house. Dos megahits. Le iba a poner un 5, pero las últimas canciones son muy lentas... Un 4.
Always thought Moby was cheesy dad pop, didn’t realise he had this many bangers
For a long while, this won my coveted personal recommendation for "best background music". Not much more than that, but still - being the perfect background for almost everything means a lot. It aged, since, and it has also been overused in too many soundtracks. But it's still good!
This album put really really strongly, great beats, beautiful melodies and interesting arrangements. It loses some momentum towards the end and like many electronic music albums IT'S TOO EFFING LONG! 4 🌟
Pari vaisua tsipaletta, mut muuten palautti kivasti mieleen 2000-luvun taitteen, kun tuli kuunneltua melko ahkerasti tätä levyä
Muutama oikein hyvä biisi ja muuten ihan ok menevää konemusaa. Nelonen tuntuu turhan korkealle ja kolmonen ei taas oikein tee kunniaa.
I was surprised by the fact that I liked this album. The instrumental tracks were strong. Although there are some not so good songs on this album, its highlights are definitely worth a mention. Best track: Porcelain. 8/10
God I love this album.
A mystical experience. I remember when this came out and you could hear Moby everywhere. The first half of this record is solid. Love how Moby sample gospel vocals and a Piano track over tasty loops. I think that a good portion of the second half could be cut… My all time favs are Porcelain and Why Does My Heart Feels So Bad.
No weak tracks on this album. To appreciate it fully im going to use more time. Good stuff.