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Moby

1999

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(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

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i mean i don't feel as negatively toward Moby as Eminem, but yeah... not a fan

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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.

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The songs sound one-paced and samey.

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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.

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5

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.

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5

Absolute banger. SO many good tracks.

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I liked it. I didn't expect to...but it was fun.

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Quintessential Moby

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5

Toda una sorpresa. Pedazo de disco. Ritmos elegantes y muy bien construídos

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5

Gran Disco

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5

Beautiful, interesting, vibrant. Good creative work music, can be ambient or the main event. Techno and soul influences side by side. A new favorite.

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5

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.

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Do.... do I like Moby?

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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

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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.

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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

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This album was like readymade songs for ads.

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Starts with a bang. Aside from one or two more bangs, this is ass.

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just elevator music - it's the sort of thing people who "don't really do music" would have playing at a party. 2/10

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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.

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Rubbish

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“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

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Gross creepy weirdo whose music sucks.

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Repetive

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Every song is a loop of the first seconds

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5

Seminal album from a strange, strange man

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5

Love a lot of this album!

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

Excellent album. It’s a regular on my in car playlist. Sensational.

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Bring Sally up!

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Awesome, just awesome

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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

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5

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.

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Transcendent electronic house jams. A fantastic era for the genre, I love the sound of the late 90's.

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An amazing electronic album, well worth the title of classic

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Classic

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Also classic

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One of my favourites. Perfect.

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Pretty interesting!

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Varied, chill, relaxing

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Oh yeH this rocks

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5

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.

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Chill but danceable at the same time. I just love the vibe of this album so much.

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Love this.

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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.

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Every track is the best it could be.

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I was planning to give this a 4. Until I listened to it again. And again.

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divertente

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magnificent!

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5

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.

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Love Moby

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5

Was pleasantly surprised by this one. All the songs were interesting and innovative. Not really my normal genre but really good.

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5

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.

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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.

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Very moody. I loved it!

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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.

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Ótimo album! Música eletrônica com pitadas de soul!

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Moby always AMAZING! <3

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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.

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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.

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Didn't realize how good this album was..

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This album has significant musical and sentimental impact in my life. Beautiful blend of modern dance and blues music.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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wonderful album. Brought me back to high school when I owned the CD and used to play it in my car.

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Really good album. Every song is so different but great. Definitely adding a few to some playlists

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Defined the genre

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Toch meer piano en gitaar dan ik verwachtte. De singles kende ik al, maar de rest van dit album is ook top!

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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.

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Cracking album. Brought techno and sampling to the masses. Cover art 5/5

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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.

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Fantastic!

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Every song is incredible and it’s 2 hours long. Sounds like it could’ve been made today. A masterpiece

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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.

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false

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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.

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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.

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Mange fede numre. Elektronisk med blues beats. Nogle svipsere men overordnet rigtigt fedt. Føles lidt "dated"

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Really liked this. Haven't heard it in YEARS.

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Some good songs, some overplayed

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Mobyyyyyu

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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.

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Imádtam anno és most is teljes nosztalgiahullám

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A really fun album, although Moby might've used samples from a CD stolen from his friend

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Super unique, funky sound. Liked it a lot.

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Like

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Lol college

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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.

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I enjoyed. 4*

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The beach!!

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Buen disco. Hay que escucharlo más

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Fantastic album. Porcelain is an iconic track.

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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.

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So innovative and brilliant. A stroke of genius making of the electronic next big thing in pop world. 4,5

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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.

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Nice morning vibes

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Yeh good that.

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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.

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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

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Kyllähän tää ihan töiden taustalla toimii. Piti oikein pari kertaa kuunnella.

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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.

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Bit over it now but a pretty original and seminal album of its era

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Gran disco, tiene canciones para cualquier momento, pero me encanta escucharlo mientras viajo.

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Excellent album, I’ve listened to it many times already so it was a pleasure to hear it again. Also great background work music!

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Ihan ok, omistan levyn :)

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It's over, nobody listens to techno

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Thought it was great - the upbeat tempo made it perfect for motivation/background music for working or working out.

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great stuff :)

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Nice. Gute Laufmusik.

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No me gusta nada este tipo de música... lo intenté pero no pude escuchar más de dos canciones...

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Relaxing and groovy. Some good dance tracks and some more mellow. All well known.

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Good album to turn on and let it play. Love me some Moby. Gwen Stefani....very enjoyable.

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electronic shit this 4 is worth more than the last one, far more. everloving is a beautiful song great album 4/5

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good eclectic eletronic sound

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Smoke City- similar to Portishead, cool band that played after the Moby album ended

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Not something I would usually listen to, but enjoyed it thoroughly. I've definitely heard porcelain before, but hearing it context is nice.

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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

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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.

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Not what I expected, but enjoyed it nonetheless

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Big surprise. Skitbra

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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.

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Got it for free from a friend's ex girlfriend. I listened to it quite a bit.

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Very, very good! I forgot just how good actually!

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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.

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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.

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Pretty good, interesting influences coming through. Good musicianship.

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a classic

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I dig

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High production quality and some strong songs. Liked it so much more this time around then I did when it came out.

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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.

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Great stuff

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Good background work music. Awesome beats ahead of it's time

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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)

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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.

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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.

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Not something I ever would have listened to, but it was very well executed for the genre.

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Качественная и необычная электонная музыка. Большое количество узнаваемых треков. Некий электронный фьюжн. 7,5/10

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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.

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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

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Brilliant

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Wasn't expecting to like this, but was pleasantly surprised. Creative and fun.

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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

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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

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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.

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4 time machine

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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

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Interesting!

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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.

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This album is pretty good. I like the use of samples. Got it on CD a while ago.

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Música electrónica-house. Dos megahits. Le iba a poner un 5, pero las últimas canciones son muy lentas... Un 4.

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Always thought Moby was cheesy dad pop, didn’t realise he had this many bangers

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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!

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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 🌟

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Pari vaisua tsipaletta, mut muuten palautti kivasti mieleen 2000-luvun taitteen, kun tuli kuunneltua melko ahkerasti tätä levyä

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Muutama oikein hyvä biisi ja muuten ihan ok menevää konemusaa. Nelonen tuntuu turhan korkealle ja kolmonen ei taas oikein tee kunniaa.

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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

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God I love this album.

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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.

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No weak tracks on this album. To appreciate it fully im going to use more time. Good stuff.

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Soundtrack of the noughties. I've never really been into EDM outside of a festival setting and therefore I went into this thinking I wasn't gonna enjoy this album. Buy boy oh boy was I wrong. I had this on all day and then some. Gonna have to stick with a 4 as the last 3rd of the album is just OK, but adding this to my regular rotation.

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Oh Moby, you were so close to making a great record. The entire first half of the album is spectacular, with Honey a strong intro track and Why Does My Heart and Natural Blues being other highlights. But then it all falls apart, and I think that happens around track 13 - Down Slow feels like a natural place to close the album, but then it continues, inexplicably, with 6 tracks of forgettable trip-hop. A good listen therefore, but too bloated to be a great one.

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Didn't expect to vibe with this album as much as I did... I'd be lying if I said I wasn't bopping at work to this.

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Nice variety of chill music.

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Giving this a 4 even though I'm not a huge Moby fan. So many of these songs have such strong ties to the late 90's and they really brought me some nostalgia.

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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

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I listened to Play shortly after the album came out. Singles from the album were regularly on the radio, and there was a lot of buzz about the album in general. I haven't listened to this album in a long time, but I still like Moby. "Porcelain" is my favorite track, but "Honey" and "Run On" grabbed my attention on this listen. "Natural Blues and "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" are favorites that I remember from before. "Machete" is the hardest track for me to listen to, but I would come back for a second listen to the album.

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Fijn hoor, die Richard melville hall.

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Interesting. He sampled some of Lomax's recordings, and also has South Side.

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starting off with the holes song😛😛😋😋😋 some really nice songs

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8,5

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Alchemy is defined as ‘the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based upon the supposed transformation of matter… and concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold…’ Or is it? Alchemy may also be understood as a spiritual or mystical conversion with base metals and gold symbolic of, perhaps, one’s inner conversion. Moby, I believe, on several tracks of 'Play' seems to be attempting a musical form of alchemy, transmuting prior recordings primarily of mid-20th century African American gospel and folk singers like Bessie Jones, Vera Hall, and Bill Landord and the Landfordaires. And the result is quite enjoyable. The rest are his own techno creations, mostly downtempo, also very pleasurable. I particularly loved the downtempo offerings: ‘Inside,’ for example, with it’s scuba diving synthesized feel, or ‘Everloving,’ beginning with Moby on acoustic guitar (in the left ear of one’s headphones) then filling both with soothing downtempo gloriousness. Moby, incidentally, plays virtually all the instruments on 'Play,' and plays with talent. His guitar work, especially, on ‘South Side’ is really good. I spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out the players in this musical theatre: ‘Porcelain’ is Moby’s (who’s actual name is Richard Melville Hall) transmutation of the song, ‘Fight For Survival,’ by Klergy, Danny Burke’s altar ego… or, at least I think so. Frankly, I’m still not certain I’ve put all the pieces together correctly. After a while this began to take me down the rabbit hole with Alice, so to speak, so I simply surrendered to the sound and enjoyed the lovely trip. Not being completely unfamiliar with the hallucinogenic experience myself, I thought it would be a wonderful LP to have on hand as one was coming down from a trip, or definitely to the accompaniment of some of Denver’s legal, recreational weed. That said, the listener may enjoy it just fine while completely sober as well. Your freedom, your choice. I happen to love to dip my French fries in mayo, but I have a good friend who can hardly sit at the same table with me while I’m doing it. Either way, French fries are still mighty tasty. And so is 'Play.'

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I'd forgotten about this album. It's really rather good!

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Je ne connaissais Moby que pour le célèbre épisode l'ayant opposé à Eminem. Comem vous le savez tous, début des années 2000, Moby était tranquillement attablé en terrasse d'un restaurant de Detroit, profitant d'une belle journée avec ses amis. Soundain, Eminem passait dans la zone, et sans que personne ne comprenne vraiment pourquoi, se mit à insulter copieusement Moby, qu'il ne connaissait pourtant ni d'Adam ni d'Eve. Moby, sous le choc, en perdit l'apétit, et pris congé de ses amis, laissant une somptueuse salade niçoise à moitié entamée sur la table. Si vous vous dites que cet épisode hubuesque est complétement injuste pour le pauvre Moby, vous vous trompez lourdement. En effet, cette "conversation" (terme discutable puisque Moby n'eut le temps de prononcer le moindre mot) fut relayée dans les médias, et Moby jouit après ça d'un succès fulgurant. L'opinion publique ayant été prise d'affection pour ce jeune chauve, il dû se resigner à démarrer la musique, ce qui nous ammène à cet excellent album.

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I liked this album more than I remembered. I loved it when I first heard it - Honey is sooo good and there's plenty more great tracks. Then I switched because Porcelain was playing EVERYWHERE non stop and I got sick of him being (90s me) a corporate whore sell out. In retrospect, it's a good album. Not a perfect mind blowing album, but a slice of good fun that was more exciting than a lot of what else was going on in '99 (acoustic renaissance? Pop punk? Nu metal?)

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A great album to start the day!

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Defo not a morning album, more like a chill out after being out, out!

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Whoa, Mr. Moby, what are you doing here? Moby is secretly a '90s pioneer. Actually I don't know if that's a secret, he just seemed to develop a very cool, signature style in his music that's both wholly Moby and wholly '90s. Love hearing "Porcelain" after the A$AP Rocky sample. It's funny that now the most you hear about him is that he claims he dated Natalie Portman and she claims he was old and creepy and just followed her around her campus a few times. The guy's clearly living in a world of his own. Great album though! Favorite tracks: Porcelain, Honey, Bodyrock, Run On. Album art: Definitely iconic, I've seen this a billion times. Guy jumping, or doing a kickflip maybe? Is that Moby? Who's holding whatever that little Gameboy camera-looking device is on the left? Unanswered questions, that's what I like. 4/5

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Honey is a classic. Straight from the Holes soundtrack. Natural Blues was also on here. This was a great album.

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This is 1999 in Sydney for me

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I'm not entirely sure which time of day this album is best played at. It's got some well trodden tracks though.

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I loved the simplicity, I loved Honey, Porcelain and the B-sides. It was pretty long though

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Great mix of electronic music but also adding to the the current trend of the late 90s making. It extremely commercially successful, I personally don’t like the music but I appreciate it and it’s pop culture

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Limo_(How_I_Met_Your_Mother) Crazy album

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First two songs were ok, some interesting samples were used. Porcelain is one of his biggest hits and a song that I enjoy. I also recognize South side. Ok a few more of these are familiar. A good mix of calm, relaxing, easy to listen to music and some upbeat jams.

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I love this album already.

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Dit album is een klassieker. Heerlijke electronische muziek waar ik in mijn jeugdjaren veel naar geluisterd heb. ****

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Really enjoyed this album. So many great songs, one right after the other. 4/5

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First two third sounds like a commercial, final is just bland. At least he made that money tho (a fact that will never sit well with me when the artists he sampled surely did not).

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Surprisingly high hit value.

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Pretty good. Features what I consider to be Moby’s biggest hits. Maybe he has more? South side is good though.

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Don't just watch the ads listen to them

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Best songs: Honey, Bodyrock nice gospel hip-hop nice rock parts weak second half 6/10

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Great

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2000-luvun alussa niin tuoreelta kuulostanut levy ei ole ikääntynyt erityisen hyvin. Innolla aloin kuuntelemaan tätä pitkästä aikaa mutta ei innostanut lähellekään niin paljon kuin nuorempana. Suurin osa aika junnaavia biisejä. Silti välillä ihan miellyttävääkin kuunneltavaa

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The singles are absolute bangers...the other songs are pretty meh

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Not particularly my style, but it was interesting.

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Many nice beats

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Veel hits op dit album. Zeker voor die tijd absoluut zeer gepast. Niet alle nummers zijn geweldig.

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Pretty good

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okay background noise

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Fine

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it's fine I guess some of the songs are real soothing, but the best ones just sound like budget primal scream I think the problem is that when you've heard all these songs fucking everywhere they start to sound a little generic the zeitgeist had really moved on

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Felt like the accompaniment of an epic sci-fi action romance feature

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Old school techno cool!

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Nice solid energetic vibes all around, top track: South Side

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I know the dude’s a tool, but… I really don’t mind this album. I can put it on. It can play. It neither demands my attention nor entirely loses it. Of the electronic-based records we’ve had on this list, I’m more inclined to think I’ll remember a few of these tunes than, say, anything on that Chemical Brothers record. But, yes, I’m really just waiting for Portishead to appear and show mofos how it’s done.

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Semibängeri. Har inte riktigt förstått genren? Typ techno/edm/what?

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<<Pitchfork reviewer Brent DiCrescenzo believed the "raw magnetism" of the sampled recordings was lost to "innate digital recording techniques", resulting in music that was "fun and functional, yet disposable.">> -- and this is pretty much my same take on this album. I accept it's a piece of late 90's music, nice for the memories, but I always found all those old blues samples a bit boring, perhaps because they're so repetitive. Three stars anyway.

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I remember it was quite a big deal back then. Gospel samples. Electro. Listened to it a lot. Now, after 20+ years the shine has faded. Would Play be released now, I'd find it kind of mediocre.

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That's a lot of music. With some really good beats. I wasn't totally into all of it, though.

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strange but I liked it

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For a "finale" album, this piece started off with a bang and the began to fizzle near the end. Not horrible, some truly good electronica soundscape stuff going on, but suffers from bloat and too much downtempo at the close.

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doing drugs in not the same as art. The artist is clearly talented however.

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3/5

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I must have been one of the few people that didn't buy this album in 1999/2000. At the time I didn't think I'd be keen on it. As it transpires, I was right, although I didn't mind it. Some of the singles are almost classics and most of the other tracks were better than I expected. However, it just doesn't interest me or click with me for some reason. A competent, pleasant, commercially very successful album with some stand out moments, but overall pretty forgettable. 3/5.

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Flips between a 5 and a 2. Some amazing tunes but then the rest lets it down

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I like it slightly more than Natalie Portman does, it's pleasant but it's very bland. Vacuous almost.

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A victim of its own success

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Moby good

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Eh. It's okay.

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Wasn't a massive fan of it then and still not now. Why Does My Heart is a tune and respect for the fact every tune got used in something.

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Tämä olikin tuttu albumi, tätä tuli loppattua junnuna läpi, taisi olla niitä aikoja, kun mp3:t eivät kasvaneet puissa. Tuttua levyä on vähän erilaista arvostella kuin noita tuntemattomia, toisaalta melodiat on tarttuvia kun ne muistaa, mutta toisaalta puhkikuluneet renkutukset ärsyttää. Pistetään semineutraali kolme tähteä nostalgiatripistä!

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Some songs were decent hallway through then it got bad

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Tämänkin levyn aikanaan kirjastosta lainasin ja omin kätösin mp3:ksi käänsin. Tykkäsin levystä enemmän nyt kuin silloin aikanaan, vaikkei nytkään miksikään suosikkilevyksi kohonnut.

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dont have much to say about it good electronic sounds fav. song: porcelain

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That there are parts of it that are much better than I remember. But there are some serious stinkers on here as well. But all in all I’m glad I listened to it again

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Más como el valor de sus canciones (su máxima brillantez lo encuentro en los temas minimalistas apoyado por su spoken word y sus baterías a lo hip hop), lo disfruto a modo de arqueología musical para redescubrir a esas bandas de soul y jazz de donde roba los samples. Interesante. ¡Primera experiencia con Moby!

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Um álbum agradável com vários passagens instrumentais. O álbum sofre com o seu comprimento, as músicas do meio do álbum são chatas enquanto que o início e final valem mais a pena. Nota:5/10

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Very atmospheric and evocative; makes it easy to picture a place/story as you listen to it. Slightly repetitive/dragged on at times.

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Sounds like the soundtrack to early 00s movies, like the matrix but less edgy (I know the matrix wasn't in the 00s but that's the vibe)

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I struggled to find the album on YouTube. The songs are actually quite intersting, although some lyrics are literally the same thing on repeat, they don't sound too repetetive and annoying. Though it does actually become quite repetetive after some time, it could have been way, way, way, way worse. The album is quite neat though, I rather liked it. The songs have an interesting variety that aren't all the same.

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didn't expect that. truly had no idea of who he was. so far very enjoyable. very 90's rushing is a bit slow to get into the beat is very 90's like the texture of the guitars natural blues sounds great the bit is a bit repetitive tho starts to be more experimental the placement of 7 is a tragedy machete has confused me je trouve pas les interludes très ouf ouf the rest has gotten very low key plaisant mais ça casse pas trois pâtes à un canard la première partie est vraiment sympa, je trouve que le reste devient un peu long on perd le rythme mais la dernière musique sauve la fin beaucoup de musiques oubliables à la fin. genre générique des frères scotts je pense que la nostalgie aide beaucoup de personnes. 9/18 likés le reste n'est pas du tout mauvais... simplement, pas très marquant. juste des musiques d'ambiances. l'expérience n'est pas désagréable mais bon c'est lassant, surtout quand il y en a 10 à la suite je pense 65-70/100 -> 3,35 3/5 = 60/100

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Skönt album, fick bra fokus av musiken.

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It's interesting in a weird sort of way. Not sure I'd actively listen to it, but it's pleasant to have it on the background

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Inoffensive hipster background music.

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Back half need not be, front half bangs.

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I like a lot of Moby's songs, just not enough to want the entire album.

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I'm not going to listen to this again. This was certainly an album that brought a lot of things happening in clubs into the mainstream awareness. It was labeled a sell out by many. That doesn't matter to me. The beats are compelling and the production is strong. It doesn't exactly feel timeless though. Like, it lives firmly in its moment right alongside Fatboy Slim.

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Some interesting tracks on an overlong album.

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Lyrically repetitive at the start, not in it for the lyrics, good evolving sounds 7/10

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a lot of familiar songs. Not bad.

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Authentic sounds from 2000

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Helt ok

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not gonna lie, i didn't enjoy this more than a nice vibe to chill to.

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For all it's knocks and calls of selling out, it's was a good album of its time. Feels a bit lifted in hindsight.

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Groovy riffs around 'n' around 'n' around

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Pretty solid jams

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Favorite Tracks: Run On Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad Half of this Moby shit sounds like the background to a cheesy youtube where someone is skydiving or some shit.

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Favs: South Side, Honey, Porcelain Mehs: Inside, If Things Were I don’t think Moby ages that well. It was innovative for me in 1999, when I was limited to music I/someone I knew purchased or music that got radio play. But, now that there are so many artists who do this better, it seems derivative/repetitive. But I used to skate at the roller rink to “South Side” because I’M OLD. So I gave it a 3 for fond memories. I think if I were hearing it for the first time, it would be more a 2, 2.5.

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Pretty eclectic mix. All over the place but I don’t hate it.

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Great Album. Why does my Soul, ist an al time fav. Sounds Like He was eine decades Prior to ihr musk today.

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Overall a pretty chill album, but the overall feel was that of a string of Apple commercials. Most of the music is good but forgetful. Listening to individual songs is good but I didn’t enjoy the experience of the entire album all at once.

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Chilled, relaxing, clean

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An interesting album that is for the most part pleasant to listen to. Actually a pretty good introduction to electronic music for newbies. The sampling of roots music is inspired and was probably incredibly fresh at the time. No complaints about it really except that it's excessively long. There's a fair amount of filler that could have been dropped and Moby would have had a better album. I get that Moby thought this might be his last album, but it would have been a classic had he shown some restraint. Fave Songs: Natural Blues, Rushing, Everloving, Honey, Inside

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fine, fuck moby though lol

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Good for background music. Porcelain will always be a favourite.

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The song I know best from radio play is Porcelain but I'm not a fan. It has a structure reminiscent of some of the uninspiring (albeit lucrative) songs U2 was doing earlier that decade. South Side, another radio friendly song, is quite good with some decent lead guitar mixed into spoken versus and a floral chorus. I guess there were a lot of singles from this album. Some of the songs that didn't make the cut to be a single are interesting. Rushing which is heavy (by Moby standards) has a good tempo and fuses in rap quite nicely. The album seemed to have lost steam and the last third of it was lacklustre. The only time before today that I listened to a Moby album was when a friend was flipping through my music and found an unopened Moby CD. I have no clue where it came from but we gave it a spin. I didn't mind it but I never spun it again. If I had found Play I would have spun it again. There are some cool songs on this one, some good guitar playing as well as interesting samples and genre hopping. In the 1st 2/3rds of the album anyway.

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-I like the reference to "God's Gonna Cut You Down" in "Run On" -"South Side" actually seems like a full song with choruses and some nice guitar stuff in there -idk, the songs were fine but seemed kinda simple. Catchy, but simple

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Gets repetitive.

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Over played this at the time, and with that and the number of commercials it supported have got over-tired of it.

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I like how he sourced samples from a range of genres, and overall this works for me.

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Not a big Moby fan, but I liked it more than I thought I would

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I quite enjoyed the first half of this album. I feel almost dirty saying it (Moby has always given me creep vibes a little bit, doubly so after the whole Natalie Portman thing) and it does feel like the same trick over and over again, but here we are. I didn't like the second half so much.

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The start was quite good, then a bit of a mix bag

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Enjoyable. This is the closest the US came to embracing EDM as a whole.

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Good headphone music. I felt motivated and was productive during a work day. Likely won’t revisit.

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Liked this album a lot more than I thought I would. Would listen again

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Conflicted. A pleasant listen to, but probably won’t repeat.

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Great singles if a bit dated, some shite. I'm hindsight it sounds exactly what it was. A marketing album for adverts. 3

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Sounds like the late 90s electronic, but pretty great use of old blues samples.

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Honestly, this album is not as good as I remember it being. The first half is amazing, which is the half of this album that I remember. The second half is great sleepy-time music, but I kept checking to see if YouTube had switched to a different album, since nothing interesting was happening. It's not that I don't like Moby's ambient stuff. It's good. It just doesn't fit with what he was doing in the first half of the album 3/5

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Another electronic dance album from the late 90s- this time with its feet planted firmly in blues and roots music. Most of the samples here come from blues tracks, often focusing on singular moments- a distinct hook, a drum pattern, a titular phrase- and building a collage of electronic textures around them. In putting this album together, Moby frontloaded all the accessible tracks (selected for singles) and put a lot of his personal favourites (the more soundscapey, experimental material) in the second half. He did this assuming very few people would ever hear "Play", and even fewer would make it to the end. Embarrassing for him. It made it to the "1001 Albums" list, meaning so many completists are now forced to sit through it, and the whole world can see that he didn't even bother to give a track like "Guitar String and Flute" a more exciting name. He must be furious. Because it's more accessible, the first half definitely contains more material (and excellent live guitar work) that immediately caught my attention. Aside from the ear-grabbing 1-2 hit of "Honey" and "Find My Baby" (they both ring in the ear for the remaining 55 minutes of the rest of the album) "Porcelain" and "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" are two back-to-back wonderful exercises in melancholy. I saw a review had likened "Porcelain" to a Magnetic Fields song, which made me like it that much more. Both these tracks are so richly textured, brilliantly evocative, and deserve their places in the soundtracks of any film that can match them. On the other end of the scale, there's the occasional breakthrough into something more upbeat, with mixed results. "South Side" surprised me in how instant it was: how linear, memorable, "song-like". There's an actual verse-chorus structure to it, and a distinctive hook: it was also apparently Moby's breakthrough in the US, which makes a lot of sense if it had to be any of these. On the other hand, "Bodyrock" and "Machete", the two heaviest electronic pieces, don't quite work. They feel more intrusive, further out of place from the much mellower mood of the rest of the album. A downfall of "Play" is that it can start to feel repetitive: I was sometimes wishing that the samples would go a bit beyond one lyric or loop. In some cases, the tracks reach a threshold of being irritating: some of them are then able to cross that threshold and transcend into becoming hypnotic. "Honey" and "Find My Baby" are two examples of this: in both, the one phrase becomes intoxicating, allowing all the instrumental developments and changes to stand out much more as they're woven in. However, elsewhere it doesn't quite land for me: "Natural Blues", "Run On" being two examples. "Play" is also overlong ("Inside", "Guitar Flute and String", and "Everloving" are pretty but all variations on the same mood- I felt on first listen that not all of them were necessary.) Despite this, I enjoyed the haze the album dissolved into at the end and thought overall, it was structured well. It's certainly rich enough to invite further listens, and will lend itself well to an immersive listen as much as a background "wallpaper" listen.

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Moby is a strange bird, but you have to hand it to him on his ability to take this style of music into the mainstream. This thing was huge. Songs played on the radio, in movies, and albums sold. There's a vibe to this album that on one side is meditative, but on the other it feels very dated. These songs take me right back to the mid 90s, and not necessarily in a good way. There's beauty here, cool beats, stylistic vocals, and imaginative concepts, but overall, I'm left with a sense of Brian Eno, again, not in a good way.

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It was interesting enough. It's the kind of stuff my dad likes to listen to. A bit boring after a while but I can see why it's important. It would've been much better if it was a shorter record.

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The album sort of died on the vine for me halfway through. The earlier songs that I hadn't heard before were good jams.

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I've probably seen this album cover 100 times in my life, but I never had the urge to check this out. It wasn't really what I was expecting, but there were a couple of songs I enjoyed. It is definitely a product of it's time.

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Like 10 different genres in one...but was still somehow repetitive. Kept thinking it was leading somewhere that it didn't go. Some really nice moments like the choir and synth sounds. Didn't know Moby, seems like a cool dood!

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This album was incredibly long at over 2 hours. There are some pretty nice chill songs on the album. You trim the album in half and it’s probably one of the best electronic albums. However it’s not like that and it feels like a chore to get through. 5.7/10

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Still a tough listen with how overplayed this was in the day

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Lots of good beats, chill vibe music. Not sure if I'll ho back to most of these songs, but a handful of them were really great. 3.5/5

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Fine, I'm not super into the electronica ones, but the other ones are fine background noise.

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It's fine.

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3.5/5. Listen, it’s decent, but also annoying ass commercial gen-x/millennial workout music

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j'ai bien aimé les morceaux instrumentaux malgré quelques flashbacks des années 2000

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Cool mais trop long.

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I grew out of my Moby phase.

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It's good music, so much is memorable. I imagine Moby has spent the rest of his career trying to create something nearly as good. Reckon this is dead boring live though.

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Porcelain sampled in A$AP Forever by A$AP Rocky, great beat wow South side a banger too

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Tja wat moet ik hier dan mee. Heel aardig, en veel bekende nummers. Maar inmiddels ook wel een beetje gedateerd.

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Jawel

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Það var rosa móðins að gera mikið grín að Moby í langan tíma, en nú virðist hann mikið til vera gleymdur. Þegar maður heyrir þessi plötu man maður samt hvað hann var út um allt um tíma. Og smellirnir eldast ekkert illa, en annað er svoddan filler.

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Ok, I still don't like electronic music at all, but this is list is trying hard to convince me of the contrary. This is a very nice release. Could be shorter, ending at the tack 5m but still nice.

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Yo, is that Moby?! If I had to describe this album with one it would be "sample" cause it feels like it was made as a sample album for a 1999 music program for windows 98. Pretty ok The later songs are pretty emotional. Didn't expect that, but I like it. 3

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Overheard!

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3* kinda boring

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Fine and fun, not much else to say.

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While not a fan of electronic music, this is not awful. How is that for an endorsement! I was relieved when I discovered it is actually only a little over an hour and the Apple Music album included the "B Sides". Was also surprised to discover the song "South Side" was on the album, which was written by Moby. Didn't expect to actually recognize a song I like. 3

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This was everywhere for a few years! He's taken a bit of a back seat since, but I suppose he made so much money that he'll never have to work again. Hard to pick a stand out track because so many are so well known, and because they are all pretty similar.

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I knew the good songs. "Natural Blues", "Porcelain", "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" - all great. Not a fan of the whispering in songs like "The Sky Is Broken" near the end. Speaking of the end, Jesus Christ this album never ends. Moby looks like the villain from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.

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Good background noise.

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Still like the hits on the album but thats about it.

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This got some flak back in the day as Mr Moby had whored out most of tracks to adverts. Hes a good egg being all vegan and that but its a bit formulaic. Take an old blues vocal/lick sample is over a beat with a Fairlight. A disparate collection of tracks that don't really stand as a great album. I didn't like it then and and I'm not won over now. This sounds like a 2 review. Maybe I'm being too harsh. 3

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Overall a pleasant album to listen to but not super engaging like I’d go back and listen to it

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Pleasant enough

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That dude looks like moby!

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I used to like this album a lot when I was a teenager, but I haven't listened to it in about 20 years. I don't really care to listen to it now, so I perused the big hits from the album to remind myself of what it sounded like. There are some catchy pieces on here, some clever uses of samples, but the production is kinda flat and the beats are pretty dated. This feels very locked into an era of the late 90s that doesn't do it any favors. I listened to this alongside Fatboy Slim and Aphex Twin and The Crystal Method and Basement Jaxx and Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, but this album is closer to Enigma. It somehow slipped into popular culture, but it's essentially new age music with samples. The problem with this is that it's groundbreaking, but it's groundbreaking in an area that proved to have no real depth for innovation. In only a couple years this trend of 80-year-old samples would go from cool and fresh to novelty when entirely too chipper people would market electro-swing to people with no social skills. Hey, remember when that vaguely grunge band Primitive Radio Gods became one hit wonders by sampling BB King on a song that sounds like nothing else in their catalog? Want to hear an entire album of that? Boy, have I got the album for you. Here is That One CD In Your Collection You and Your Mom Can Agree On So You Don't Have to Argue the Entire Car Ride to the Mall! I wonder which version is the version on the list, the original, or the re-released one with Gwen Stefani's vocals plastered onto Southside. I don't care enough to look up the entry in the book.

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Liked it for a dance album. Just not my thing.

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Moby's Play during Lent seems like an appropriate listen for a few reasons. Off the bat, there's the nearly-too-obvious veganism, which I argue is fair to bring up due to its prominence in the packaging. Then there's the blend of melancholy with heavily sampled dance music, which over the course of an hour loses most of its power to invite dance. That last part is my perception this time, at least, which makes me uncertain about rating the thing. One part of me agrees that the album is a classic: The blend of sampled music and sadness into dance tracks is adept and unique. On the other hand, the concept wears thin quickly, leaving the melodies, which are catchy but fail to inspire beyond that. The last few cuts are especially flat in context, but taking too much context into account brings me close to review-as-reaction-to-popularity. There's something very good about Play, but I don't like it very much. That's something I don't think about music very often.

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ok but repetitive

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Too long couple of good songs

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Woof.

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Not my cup of tea electro music ain’t for me it seems

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Simple forgettable beats

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+ Porcelain + Flower (Sally Up)

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repetitive and samey.

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Not bad but mostly boring.

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If I wanted loops, I would search loops on GarageBand. It’s fine, but repetitive. Not sure what the artist was trying to achieve with this album but it unfortunately is not my cup of tea

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Whatever. Lol

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mehhhhchno

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Didn't age well

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Apart from the recognisable track of Porcelain, which is quite atmospheric, this album never really got out of the traps for me. Two stars for some pretty piano at times

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Meh, album muzyki reklamowo filmowej utrzymanej w klimatach downtempowym, bez calosciowego konceptu, bardzo bialy miks murzynskich sampli, nawet chorki gospelowe i skrecze rodem z dja premiera sie znajda, kawalki ktore najbardziej mi trafily, to te ktore sample juz znalem z innych materialow, same "wokale" mobyego to raczej liryczna recytacja, bardziej niz samego albumu jestem ciekawy jaki musial on miec marketing zeby osiagnac status "kultowego" i "rewolucyjnego", ale zarazem jestem w stanie zrozumiec czemu ktos niezbyt osluchany muzycznie moglby sie tym zachwycic, na plejke leci utwor pod tytulem porcelain, bo akurat go kojarze z najwiekszej ilosci reklam

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Moby Dick

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Gives me such strong 90s energy. Weird album progression, feel like I go from strong positive bops to slow moody ones over and over (tbh it was released during his drug era so I can understand) also fuck me albums are so long why can't they be like 4 songs long

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This is a rough bit of business, this is. The good songs are good for about one to two minutes and then I'm just waiting around for them to stop. It felt like this album went on forever and I didn't even listen to the B-sides on the dang deluxe version.

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Collection of Beats to Rap to Viel Instrumentals und Samples Sehr Emotionales Ende

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Didn't finish it. Felt relatively generic in 2021

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Used to think some of this was alright but after about 20 minutes of this I found it dull as dishwater

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Not generally a fan of this type of music. There were a couple decent tracks. Could really tell a lot of care was put into mixing this one.

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It feels harsh to give two star but I couldn't enjoy the album. Grateful to listen to Moby, but its 20 minutes too long and difficult to engage with

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my previous experience with moby is hating his live show at a festival and like two songs that were on the radio. I did not want to listen to this. but then to my surprise the first two tracks were actually sick as hell. and then as the album went on, the songs that weren't complete garbage were basically just the same song as the previous song that I liked. also every track where moby just talks over his music should be deleted from the internet and thrown into a volcano

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Background music that you could stick behind any moving image and it would fit. Made me listen to some of the songs he sampled.

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Nobody listens to techno

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You can discover far better artists in the genre these days.

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Not that great to be honest

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Börjar gött men blir för trökigt allt eftersom

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Porcelain and Why does my heart feel so bad are great, rest was meh.

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An hour long car ad soundtrack devoid of any heart.

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I contiuously get Moby and the Chemical Brothers mixed up, even to this day, and that's not saying much in my book. The soundscapes are richer and not as entirely monotonous, but I still feel like I can see the repetitive layering and unlayering in every single track. The formula is laid out bare within a few songs, and then every track thereafter just feels like a reskin of the same thing. What ultimately kills it for me though, is Moby's voice. There was a time when the guy would get on any microphone within his greater radius and he would rant on and on about whatever political topic he felt compelled by at the moment. That's entirely within his right to do. Ultimately though his voice, in my head, became inseperable with the sense of impending agenda bombardment, and now I can't unhear it. I wonder what I would think of this album, if it was new to me again? As an aside, I swear the chorus and mid-song bridge on "South Side" is the musical and spiritual ancestor to "Friday" by Rebecca Black. That flasetto is horendous.

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Very disappointing as a "must" album. Does not provide in a way that is worth the length. The hits I knew from the album have already pretty much faded and there are no hidden points that can save it.

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A disappointing start to my 1001 albums daily listening. Nostalgic middle of the road easy listening.

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Niet verkeerd ofzo, maar begon me te vervelen na een tijdje

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Fine and sometimes good. Didn't ever dislike it, but overstayed its welcome--poor ideas:length ratio. Instrumentals better; spoken word stuff not so much. Other 90s groups did the trip hop thing much better; others before and after did D&B, soul sampling much better.

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not terrible

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Better than some of the other electronica I have received on this list so far due to its great use of older samples and consistent style, but I ultimately found this one a bit dull despite its reputation as one of the top albums of all time from this genre. This might work better in a setting outside of listening to it through earbuds at work (I go through most of the albums on this list this way) as it does feel rather epic in scope at some points, but to me, it was just good background music with nothing really sticking with me after the first listen. I could see this being great music for commercials as every track is very ambient but fun with some blues/R&B elements thrown in here and there. Although I wasn't very impressed with this one, I will give it a slight boost in that it did not feel its length at all. I usually dread listening through any album over an hour, but this one really flew by. Probably will not come back to this one, but I didn't mind it. 2.5/5.

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too easy loungie from 1999

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"why does my heart feel so bad?" cause I listened to all this album without pauses

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I dunno what Eminem had against this guy. This is just bland inoffensive stuff that runs on too long.

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So this is the 23rd electronic album that I am being subjected to. God help me... So.....the first 3 songs just repeat lyrics over and over.... HOW ARE PEOPLE SAYING THESE ARE BANGERS! It's so fucking repetitive I want to scream! Please tell me there are no more of these shitty albums

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Ja, dat was wel een plaat destijds, maar heeft het bij mij nooit helemaal gedaan.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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slow whispers of Moby is not what I would choose to listen to.

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don’t care

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Y2K loop music - not my thing

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kind of boring. songs sounded repetitive could only find b sides B side album wasn’t that good. All i could find. Found an ASAP rocky sample though

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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.

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hm

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Oh god, another stinker.

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No

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Didn’t like

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This is really unique lol, i like it!

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I already hav this album saved, amazing

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Liked the vibe that the opening 'Honey' set. It feels like an eclectic album so far by the sounds, it reminds me of Fetch The Bolt Cutters in that aspect. Person seems problematic + personal takes kinda soured my opinion now Still am liking the vibe, it feels like a grower that I would have on replay

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