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Every thing is wrong??? The album transports one in to a place in which everything is right! With the world they way it is, as Moby's political viewpiont points, it seems impossible to remain happy and peaceful, so much to disgaree with, everywhere you turn. It was good of Moby to supply us with this album which is something of an antedote to these feelings.
I bought this album recently and have stayed away from the dance music/rave scene, prefering instead more guitar based music. Turning this album on then came as quite a shock, the high pitced flute type instuments, fast beats, happy hard-core style vocals came as a total contrast to what i had grown accustomed to. It made me think of deliriously happy hords of young people, sweating under strobe light at 7 am flailing thier limbs around and feeling in love with the world and everyone one in it.
I however, played this album while doing the washing up. I can assure you that if you have a huge pile of plates, put this album on because you with get through them in a breeze, and it will eradicate and vengeful feelings directed at them.
If you are the kind of person who likes 'happy music', then you will like this album, if however, you find this style somewhat nausiating, then steer clear. I can certainly see how this would get on a lot of people's nerves. It is also somwhat repetative, and would become boring after a while.
I have heard Moby's latest album, and can see that this offering is a little less mature and accomplished, more rough around the edges, appealing to a more select group of dance fans. If you are one of these people, then i would highly recommend it.
Everything is Wrong is possibly one of the most diverse albums I own, and yet that's not particularly surprising when it's produced by as versatile an artist as Moby. Prior to 1999's hugely successful Play, which featured samples from (amongst other styles) blues and gospel music, he also released records across various genres ranging from techno right through to punk rock. On Everything is Wrong, most of these genres are covered on the one album, and suffice to say, if you've enjoyed any of Moby's previous work, I'd recommend you give it a listen - there should be at least something here for you! Released back in 1995, some time after the highs of 'Go' (surely one of the best dance singles of the nineties), this album is probably Moby's most eclectic, but that's perhaps it's biggest strength. On its first play, the most noticeable aspect of the album, other than the diversity of style, is the discontinuity between tracks. You'll be thrown straight from the slow, calming piano and synthesisers of the opening track, 'Hymn', to the jumping break-beats of 'Feeling So Real' with barely time to catch your breath. The loud opening vocals - "Sound system a-rockin! Sound system a-rockin!" - couldn't be further from the blissful tones of the previous song. Similarly, the energetic electronic-dance of 'Anthem' drops straight into the slow, almost sorrowful piano chords of the title track. This incongruous selection is possibly Moby's attempt to convey the 'everything is wrong' theme of the record, which is much more explicitly referenced in the inlay notes; advocating vegetarianism, denouncing corporate evils and providing a multitude of disturbing facts about our present society. With different styles though, come different moods. The first half of the album consists of mainly upbeat songs before progressing onto the more introspective nature of the la
ter tracks, although there is the odd exception. The fast-paced 'Feeling So Real' and 'Everytime You Touch Me' are very club-oriented and are guaranteed to get you up and dancing, whilst the extremely heavy rock sounds of 'What Love' seem curiously out-of-place. But then again, that makes perfect sense in the context of the rest of the record! By far my favourite tracks from Everything is Wrong are the chilled ambience of the later offerings. The down-tempo sounds of 'First Cool Hive' are probably the most similar to the standout songs from Play; 'Into the Blue' soothes your mind with its calming lyrics; and 'God Moving Over the Face of the Waters' is a truly beautiful instrumental piece. Slowly building upon an infectious piano intro, this is a complicated, multi-layered track that rises to almost anthem-like levels - and what's more, it's easily the best on the album. These three tracks are perfect for simply lying back, relaxing and taking in the mood. What's most noticeable on the album as a whole is Moby's talent for combining sampled vocals, traditional instruments and electronic sounds and then adapting and combining them to fit in with his chosen style. Hence we see heavy guitars, synthesisers and elegant piano arrangements, set to vocals ranging from loud screaming (Moby himself on a couple of the tracks) to the soft, delicate female voice found towards the end of the album ('Into the Blue' and 'When it's Cold I'd Like to Die'). Of course, with such a variation in styles of music, it's doubtful the entire album will appeal to anyone. What's more likely is you'll find yourself listening to some of the tracks again and again, whilst skipping others that you're not so keen on. Which is fine - you can rarely please all of the people all of the time. As I said before, fans of Moby's other albums will undoubtedly find much to appr
eciate in Everything is Wrong, and even those who considered Play to be massively over-rated may be surprised by some of the material here. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* I bought my copy of Everything is Wrong from play.com last year and it's still available there for £9.99 (although I notice the track ordering now appears to be slightly different). Amazon.co.uk have it for £11.99, and they're also selling the 'DJ Mix' double-cd version of the album for the same price. Further information on Moby is available on his website at: www.moby-online.com
Everything is Wrong will rightly go down in history as Moby's first truly great album. Prior to the release of this collection of largely excellent dance tracks, we had only been treated to glimmers of his brilliance. The opening piece - simply titled Hymn - is a beautiful start. Anyone who, prior to hearing this album, had considered Moby to be nothing more than a dance music techno-head [myself included], will be in for a BIG surprise when they hear this haunting opener. The piano work is wonderful and the overall tone of HYMN is extremely relaxing. Moby (real name Richard Hall by the way) moves into more typical and familiar dance territory with the next couple of tracks "Feeling So Real" and "All I Need Is To Be Loved" - both of which are a highly addictive pieces. The mid-section of the album (from track 4 through to 7) perhaps lacks the star quality of some of the other tunes, but this is all forgotten when we move onto a classic moby instrumental - First Cool Hive, which is track 8 on this CD. I could listen to this one all day, and it should also be noted that the track has featured on another Moby album called "I like to score". Incredibly, the album go up yet another gear for the final five tracks! Starting with the fantastic "Into The Blue" (which you may recall was released as a single), the climax to this collection is nothing short of being brilliant. "Anthem" is extremely upbeat, whereas "Everything is Wrong" is quite the opposite being a sorrowful-sounding Piano only interlude. Both however are equally impressive and make for a sound build-up to the epic "God Moving Over the Face of The Waters". Now this piece really IS the peak of this album in my opinion. Michael Mann decided to use a specially extended version of this track as the soundtrack to the final scene of his crime movie HEAT and it was frankly the perfect choice! Again, t
he 'song' is instrumental only and predominently piano-driven, but the power it holds is quite breathtaking. The album winds down with the calming "When it's Cold I like to Die". This closing number sends the album round full-circle, so the moment it finishes, the most sensible thing to do is press "Play" again and wait for "Hymn" to start. Overall then, if you didn't discover Moby until "Play" or perhaps even his latest work "18", then you really do need to explore his back-catalogue and "Everything is Wrong" is the perfect next stop. Don't believe the title - Everything is RIGHT about this album :)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Feeling So Real
3 All That I Need Is To Be Loved
4 Let's Go Free
5 Every Time You Touch Me
6 Bring Back My Happiness
7 What Love
8 First Cool Hive
9 Into The Blue
11 Everything Is Wrong
12 God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters
13 When It's Cold I'd Like To Die