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Love him or hate him, this microbiotic vegetarian created an album that has stood the test of time fairly well, mixing easy listening with big beat, with ambient tracks and more commercialism than an Adam Sandler film, this is one of the better albums for eclecticism in a long while.
Although to many people Moby sold out from his original DJ beginnings to become synonymous with adverts and film scores, this is a carefully crafted and intelligent album which owes a lot to jazz, funk, electronica and even punk in parts.
Play is actually a fantastic album, after almost 15 years, it still sounds vibrant and relevant today from the beautiful Porcelain and 'Why does my heart feel so bad' with its folksy blues vibe through to the punchy focused 'Bodyrock' this is a taut, well judged album with a perfect mixture of chilled out classics and lively tunes to make you bounce around.
Moby is an acquired taste, but his music for me is eclectic, well thought through and deserving of the accolades and sales it achieved. This still sounds relevant today it must have made him ridiculous amounts of money through links to films like 'The Beach' and programmes like X-Files, whilst the songs probably owe a few singers royalties for the breaks he has borrowed from them this is an original and fun collection of songs that showcase a producer at the very top of his game.
Available for 1p on Amazon this is worth a lot more, a classic tune filled album.
I listened to this album the other day almost ten years after I bought it. Play by Moby was released in 1999 and was a huge hit with tracks like the pumping Bodyrock and the beautiful Honey and Porcelain. The thing with this album is I think Moby as a person came across as a slightly self-important vegan just after it came out and was mocked in a high profile feud with Eminem and this definitely affected his profile as we haven't heard much at all about his later work.
Anyway back to the album, its a good un, definitely a 4 out of 5 due to the sheer eclectic tracks and the quantity of tracks. The album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and was voted number 341 out of the Rolling Stone Magazines top 500 albums of all time.
When listening to the album, I immediately go to my favourite tracks, these being Bodyrock, which is a buzzing piece of electro breakbeat, it still sounds relevant today and is much better than a lot of current stuff. Honey still sounds cool and with its lovely old style jazz sample sounds like a beautiful precursor to Gnarls Barclays style of music.
Porcelain is a beautiful mix of strings, samples and piano and was used in the film, 'The Beach' for me this is the most beautiful song on the album and really sounds as good today as on first listen.
Everyone remembers the haunting, 'Why does my heart feel so bad' and in many ways I think the fact a lot of songs on this album are so popular and were used for adverts make them seem a bit weak when in fact they are excellent songs.
Natural Blues is another popular hit although not one I have any real affinity to. The other songs on the album mix instrumentals with samples to winning affect and still sound current.
"Honey" - 3:27
"Find My Baby" - 3:58
"Porcelain" - 4:01
"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" - 4:23
"South Side"+ - 3:48
"Rushing" - 2:58
"Bodyrock" - 3:34
"Natural Blues" - 4:12
"Machete" - 3:36
"7" - 1:00
"Run On" - 3:44
"Down Slow" - 1:32
"If Things Were Perfect" - 4:16
"Everloving" - 3:24
"Inside" - 4:46
"Guitar Flute & String" - 2:07
"The Sky Is Broken" - 4:16
"My Weakness" - 3:37
Overall this is a very good album with 5 stand out tracks and lots of good background music for parties or meals, its inoffensive, eclectic and well thought out. The album cost me £9.99 back in the day when cd albums were all the rage but costs £4.42 on Amazon or can be downloaded on I-Tunes.
Moby? That weird looking little fellow? Yeah that's the one! Remember that album he did back in 1999, ten years ago. How good was that! Many of the songs on this album have been used in TV ads and are instantly recognisable. There are some real classics on here. It was just something completely different! I'm usually into my rock and indie music, but I do love this album. So why is it so good? Well here what the songs are like:
1. Honey - Upbeat start, very repetive words but it just works. Not the biggest song on the album but still a good start. 8/10
2. Find My Baby - Quite a slow laid back feel to this one. Bulids up slowly and then more instruments kick in later on. 8/10
3. Porcelain - Beautiful. An absolute classic. Few years back this song was everywhere, you still here it on adverts, in TV programmes etc.. Is one of the most perfect chill out songs you will ever hear! 10/10
4. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? - More repetitive non-sense, but it still sounds quite good. 7/10
5. South Side - This song sounds more gritty, and we finally get to hear Moby's voice. Not a classic. 6/10
6. Rushing - Again, pure bliss. Another song that really seems to get around, you hear this one alot. 9/10
7. Bodyrock - Strange one. Again an attempt at something a little more heavy. Not to keen on this one. 6/10
8. Natural Blues - Class! 'OOOO lordy I traveled so high' repeat till you feel the world is complete. A really weird song but again this was massive! 9/10
9. Machete - Kind of strange trance music this one. Not chilled out at all, makes you wanna wave a glow stick and jump up and down in a smokey club. 7/10
10. 7 - This one is weird. It never really gets going. 6/10
11. Run On - One of my favorites on the album. I love the piano in the background and the vocals are just great. An unusal song again but I just love this one. It's a real feel good song! 9/10
12. Down Slow - or should that be slow down. Really chilled song that never gets going. 7/10
13. If Things Were Perfect - Some interesting base notes in this one. 'Give me summer' explodes out every now and again. Then Moby does some talking. not bad. 7/10
14. Everloving - Another beautiful song. Starts off quiet and builds up. I do like this one! 8/10
15. Inside - Magical! That slow beat beat beat, its almost hypnotic. Then later on the piano slowly kicks in. Fantastic trance like music. 9/10
16. Guitar Flute & String - More quality. Quite a sad sound to this one, makes you feel a little down. But it has a real haunting sound to it! 8/10
17. The Sky Is Broken - Very weird. Some strange talking in this one. Is ok bbut not quite as good as some. 7/10
18. My Weakness - Great end to the album. This has an epic feel to it. Some greats choir like sounds, reminds me of the gentle waves lapping up on the beach. Awesome! 9/10
Eighteen songs! This is certainly good value! Think there are some magical songs on this album. Whilst there are some that I'm not to keen on but when you have eighteen songs to go at that really does not matter to much. This is one of the best albums I have ever heard. It was so new and fresh at the time and even now ten years later it sounds really fresh!
If you have never heard this album in full, you should go get hold of it! 9/10
Obscure dance DJ and producer Moby crept into the limelight in 2000 when he released this monster. It spurned countless hits and most of the music was licenses for advertising making Moby a very rich and famous man.
New York producer Richard Hall, quiet and thoughtful and publicity shy, yet capable of turning in storming and genre crossing dance music
On this album:
So many great and different tracks, most of which are built around samples. 'Honey' gets things underway, a chant runs throughout this and will get lodged in your head. It is a little overlong and gets tedious quickly though. I went straight for the soothing 'Porcelain' which is a rich tapestry of sounds, building to a rousing credscendo. The kind of music you could listen to while drifting out to sea on a lilo. The melody is light and airy and the vocals dreamy and summery. 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad' is a gosepl driven track which a gritty vocal, showing real emotion and warmth, a wonderful song.
Moby takes things dancier with 'Bodyrock' with its disco breakdance style beat, this will have you itching to dance. Then slows things down again with the moody 'Natural Blues.'
You will probably recognise most of the tracks on here, it is an amazing and eclectic collection of songs which will inspire, educate and relax. You have to own this album
This album was a perfect peice of marketing - Moby ensured that most (it may be all I'm not sure) of the tracks on this album were used either in advertisments or as backing music on TV shows or trailers.
It made the music so familiar and opened his music up to a wide audience. This album was released over 10 years ago but it is still an album I go back to time and time again. I still hear it being used on various TV programs so it keeps it in my head for months on end.
There are 18 tracks on the album and I don't think there is a bad track on there or even a weak track that everyone quotes as "only an album track" I think this is almost certainly its strength.
It is an electronic dance album when this was in its infancy - there are also a number of tracks which fit the chillout genre. The tracks on this album still run shivers down my spine they are just so atmospheric.
The only problem with this album is that I constantly compare every other album he has done since this to Play and I don't think he has ever manged to create another album even close to this quality. Other albums are good but thisis just FANTASTIC!!
Find My Baby
Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
If Things Were Perfect
Guitar Flute & String
The Sky Is Broken
Moby - Play
Play is Moby's 6th studio album, released in 1999, though to be honest I had never heard of him before this and I confess to buying this at the time simply because of the hype surrounding it, well, to be more accurate, the hype that my mates made.
In the CD booklet Moby shares his wisdom with us in five essays:
Very naïve but well intentioned.
2. Drugs and prisons.
Not a bad stab at a very complex issue, but hardly Nobel prize standard.
3. Being a Vegan.
Sanctimonious ass, really.
4. Racism & Holocaust.
5. Christians and Violence.
Again, fair points.
The reason I have mentioned this is because one can't help but be coloured by the fact that here is a musician, egotistically giving us the benefit of his perceived wisdom, for goodness sake, get a grip and just play the bloomin music, John Lennon you aint!!
I am not going to review every track as I usually do in these reviews, for two reasons.
Firstly there are 18 tracks, which means even if I only write three sentences on each, the reader will be bored to tears by the end.
Secondly, there are only a few 'stand out' tracks worthy of writing about, full track listing at the end.
Track 1, 'Honey' is very catchy almost fast blues, great bass line and repetitive vocal, it does lead one to want to bop around the room, but only stands one play every year or so, lol. Track 2, is also quite bluesy but not as good.
Track 3, 'Porcelain' is probably one of the better known tracks, very electronic, waves of sound going in and out feels a bit like the volume is being turned up and down, pretentious naffness, my wife and I are certainly opposed on this, she loves it.
Track 7, Bodyrock, is okay in a Fatboy Slim kind of way, but I would not go and but it if I had heard it first, but if it came on the radio I would bear it.
Track 8 Natural Blues. This is okay as it has a good structure, nice beat, good vocals, probably the best song on a poor album.
I have been transferring all my CD's to iTunes and this is the first one for some time where none have made the transition.
And that my friends is about all I can say about this album....why did I bother buying this?, consigned to the holdall of CD Bootsale death!
2. Find My Baby
4. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
5. South Side
8. Natural Blues
11. Run On
12. Down Slow
13. If Things Were Perfect
16. Guitar Flute & String
17. The Sky Is Broken
18. My Weakness
Play was a massively popular album released in 1999 by the electronica and dance artist Moby. It's had all of the tracks on the album used in on either television, film, or an advert, the first record on history to do so.
A previous rater complained that I don't put the track listings in my reviews, so for him:
2. Find My Baby
4. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad
8. Natural Blues
11. Run On
12. Down Slow
13. If Things Were Perfect
14. Ever Loving
16. Guitar Flute And String
17. Sky Is Broken
18. My Weakness
Dance music is not usually my thing but this album is an exception. The tracks are all very different but all very memorable in different ways.
I think it's fair to say this is a very important album on the musical landscape.
Sadly Moby has never reached the popular heights of Play in any subsequent work.
It's readily available on any cd/download site. You might want to buy it from Play.com for £11.99 with free postage, but it might be better shopping around in actual shops as I've seen this in various bargain bins for a much lower price. Though a lot of people already own this so you'd be better just borrowing it from a friend or a family member.
I am a massive fan of this extremely talented musician. I have purchased this particular album, 3 times since its release in 1999. This just proves what a fan I am of this highly acclaimed and powerful album that has sold over 8 million copies worldwide! I can't live without the inspirational tunes of this album! Each track means so much to me emotionally and I am about to tell you why with both fact and opinion! I will list some of the lyrics for particular tracks so that you can appreciate for yourself the intensity of this man's composure talents.
You will find that most of the albums' tracks have very few lyrics (In comparison to fellow artists) and offer a lot of repetitiveness. I find this all adds to the intensity of this outstanding musical talent.
A variety of the tracks on this album have been used as backing music to several TV programmes/documentaries so has increased the popularity of his talents across the world.
Moby has played at many music festivals to packed audiences of thousands of people who can musically appreciate his talents, such as his 2000 & 2003 performances at the famous Glastonbury festival (Which he has performed on the main stage).
He has been nominated for and won several Grammy awards amongst others so therefore his talent is widely recognised.
So here goes, my review is of ..
..Moby - Play (The no.1 selling album)
For those who don't know a lot about Moby's music, this CD Album is different from most mainstream chart music you would hear. It features great beats, rhythmic tempo and you can really feel yourself within the music. If I was to assign this CD album to a genre I would classify it as down tempo - Vocal/Lounge Funky/Disco/Club House/Soulful. With such a variation in melodies, tunes, beats and lyrics it is a very hard to specify a single genre.
Moby; real name Richard Melville Hall is a strict vegan who has very strong views on politics and society. He uses his views and opinions to influence his music and is certainly in my opinion a very strong character. He has been in the industry for many years but only really became a more popular musician/artist from the release of this album which launched his fame worldwide.
He was born in September, 1965 and is a non-denominational Christian and self-proclaimed simpleton (for his often sincere and idealistic political assessments).
This CD album cover is light green and features the words 'MOBY' in white and 'PLAY' in red on the front of the inlay card. Also displayed is a captured image of Moby himself jumping up into the air. I have the single CD version and so it comes in a standard transparent plastic CD case. The disc itself has a silver edge and has a matching red CD label with silver writing on it which is stuck to the disc front.
The inlay card actually contains mini essays of information on Moby and his beliefs and makes for a very interesting read. He has strong views and some of which you will not agree with, but as he states at the back of it - "If you hate these essays then you may like the music and if you like these essays you may hate the music and in a bizarre twist of fate, you'll like them both!"
**Track Listing & Information**
Before I begin I would like to say that this album was written, engineered and mixed by Moby himself. Each instrument is also played by him. He channels gospel samples into this album to bring this sensational eclectic mix of vocal and instrumental talent to our ears. My all time favourite album!
The album consists of 18 tracks and was the first album in history to have all of its tracks commercially licensed: "Porcelain," for instance, appeared on a TV advertisement for Bailey's Irish Cream; "Find My Baby" was on an advertisement for American Express which also featured the golfer 'Tiger Woods'. The album's tracks eventually were accepted in various radio formats, but because of Play's extensive licensing, the album could have been financially successful even without radio play.
(1). Honey, duration 3:28 - Okay, so this is a repetitive tune. Although I cannot take in the lyrical meaning of the song in as the lyrics kind of don't make sense, I certainly can appreciate the musical talent which makes this tune though. There is certainly a lot more depth and meaning hidden in this song. Musically it is great to 'chill out' too as it has a very strong beat through-out with a strong bass line that you can feel from the inside. I guess you would have to see the accompanying video to be able to appreciate this song's lyrics in full.
(2). Find My Baby, duration 3:59 - lyrically this tune, again, has repetitiveness. Only Moby could make a tune from 2 lines of lyrics (which are):
"I'm gone find my baby,
Whouh! Before that sun goes down!"
Musically speaking, this tune features a strong bass guitar throughout, drums and various vocal styles. It has a layered effect when listening - it offers style and ease of listening. Lyrically, although it is actually about a group of babies forming a band; I can still interpret the lyrics to my own emotional state and so therefore can still appreciate this song great in-depth.
(3). Porcelain, duration 4:01 - This is one of the more famous tunes that Moby has composed over the years (And one of my favourites); it is outstanding lyrically, musically and the video to accompany it offers such emotional depth. Lyrically, offering repetitiveness and deep emotion. Moby's sings a few words that offer such impact:
"In my dreams I'm dying all the time, as I wake its kaleidoscopic mind. I never meant to hurt you, I never meant to lie. So this is goodbye, this is goodbye.
Tell the truth you never wanted me, tell me.
In my dreams I'm jealous all the time, as I wake I'm going out of my mind, going out of my mind".
This track can create a lot of emotion to the listener. This offers sensual thought. Musically this tune has a huge instrumental performance behind it. Featuring, drums, piano and guitar as well as the vocals; it is a tune to listen too with great inner compassion.
(4). Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? duration 4:24 - The lyrics that go along with this tune are again, sensational, short and sweet:
"Why does my heart, feel so bad?
Why does my soul, feel so bad?
These open doors"
Each individual listener can interpret these lyrics to their own self emotion. This song is actually about Moby feeling excluded from society, however without seeing the video for this track you will interpret it to your own feelings. I get thinking whenever I hear this tune. I think about people from my past and present. Musically, it is a slow, sad tune, with a soulful beat and features vocals by the 'Shining Light Gospel Choir'. The vocals offer a layered effect and accompanied with the piano and bass it is a tremendous tune. It was also featured in the famous documentary "Peaceable Kingdom"
(5). Southside, duration 3:49 - A different tune lyrically than the previous tracks listed. This song offers less repetitiveness. Moby sings about his friends, his fear of being killed when going out socially and about guns! This doesn't have much effect on me lyrically, as I obviously don't go out with my friends while carrying a gun! I have to literally take this song at face value. A brilliant rhythmic tempo, strong bass line and catchy tune. I can still appreciate the talent of the composition. There is also a version available of which features the famous Gwen Stefani.
(6). Rushing, duration 3:00 - This is an instrumental song. It features only a single female voice softly singing over the top of a variety of instruments. The piano is the main instrument in this tune; it is slow paced with a strong beat. Yet another great tune to sit and listen too at the end of a hard day. I love this track (It is especially good to listen too when trying to set the ambience of a certain situation).
(7). Bodyrock, duration 3:36 - A repetitive tune that is much more upbeat, it offers a very strong bass line and hard tone. It is one of those songs that you can either dance too or 'chill out' too, certainly a multi inspirational song. Lyrically it is actually about dancing and 'feeling the tune' from inside. This track is enough to get anyone up and moving too. Even if it is just nodding your head to the strong beat - you literally can't help it, so I find.
(8). Natural Blues, duration 4:13 - A very intelligent track with so much meaning. Lyrically this is full of emotion; primarily about life and death, reincarnation and love. The lyrics take you through the motions of old age, the feelings of leaving your life on earth behind, remembrance of the happier times, facing death and the rebirth of new life, Moby sings of his troubles with god. This track features a lot of love and pain. Anyone should be able to relate to this song as it is another very meaningful track on this album. Musically it is set in a minor key and has a slow consistent beat throughout. It features a variety of instruments with the piano being the primary instrument. Most people would recognise this track as it has been the backing music to several TV programmes. This has to be another one of my favourite tracks. If you ever get the chance to see the accompanying video for this track then you will appreciate each lyric even more, please take a read of these awe inspiring lyrics to appreciate my point!
"Oh lordy, trouble so hard, oh lordy, trouble so hard. Don't nobody know my troubles but God, don't nobody know my troubles but God.
Went down the hill, the other day, my soul got happy and stayed all day
Went in the room, didn't stay long, looked on the bed and brother was dead
Yet this is another sensational song, written and performed by Moby!
(9). Machete, duration 3:37 - a very fast paced song this one is. I interpret the lyrics to be about drugs, the highs 'n' lows and the feelings of coming down from a high! It offers a strong fast bass line along with Moby singing the lyrics. Moby's voice has been ever so slightly synthesized in this track. It is definitely a track for techno fans. It is probably my least favourite track on the album (it's still great none the less).
(10). 7, duration 1:02 - Another instrumental track. It features a strong bass line and the gentle strumming of a guitar in the background; it is a great tune to create a particular ambient scene. I cannot really mention much more information on this track.
(11). Run On, duration 3:45 - This is a very intelligent song. A superb tune! I interpret the lyrics to be about God, why people worship a God and the feeling of closeness to a God. Moby sings of how he felt so close to death before actually dying. A heavy natured track to listen to lyrically but musically it is tremendous. Musically the striking of chords on the piano sets a nice steady pace throughout the whole tune. It has the layered vocal effect throughout so gives the effect of several voices singing at once. A very very clever song overall - I love it!
(12). Down Slow, duration 1:34 - Another instrumental track. Slow paced and features an echoed rhythm throughout. A very difficult track to describe - you would have to listen to this track to appreciate the intensity of this short instrumental.
(13). If Things Were Perfect, duration 4:18 - This song is a very complex tune. Lyrically speaking it is initially interpret as being about hating the winter months and everything that comes with the cold and darkness. Whenever I hear this tune I feel a great amount of hidden meaning to it. I believe that again, Moby has manipulated the wording and tune so that you can interpret the lyrics and tune to your own emotion. A strong rhythmic line is featured in this tune; a bass guitar is strummed gently to enhance the deep meanings of the lyrics. Outstanding!
(14). Everloving, duration 3:25 - Instrumental. At the beginning 'Everloving' is mainly performed using the acoustic guitar and features Moby humming along to the tune. It goes into a heavier paced rhythm with a bass guitar and drums. It is a mellow song and is full of inspiration - great to close your eyes too, let your mind imagine. A terrifically composed track, that allows your mind to wander in this busy lifestyle.
(15). Inside, duration 4:48 - Instrumental. Featuring the piano and bass this is a lovely mood relaxing track, after listening to the previous songs you will be in the mood for imagining and letting your mind 'go off' course for a few moments. The lovely sound of each individual instrument is captured greatly enough in this piece to be able to appreciate real musical talent.
(16). Guitar, Flute & String, duration 2:09 - This tune is instrumentally composed using the 3 named instruments in the title. Another softly paced instrumental track without any vocals. I feel passionately towards this track as with the other instrumental tracks on this album. Moby has the ability to be able to reach into your mind through his musical talent and through instrumental playing - he takes my mind places where no other artist can remotely touch!
(17). The Sky Is Broken, duration 4:18 - Moby actually speaks more than sings in this track, which makes it slightly different to the other tunes. I interpret his words to be about love, being alone and death. Again Moby is excelling with his lyrics. He has the ability to make each individual listener interpret his lyrics differently. Its not a case of what you hear is what it's about - I really feel the depth!
(18). My Weakness, duration 3:37 - Starting with several echoed voices you cannot distinguish the lyrics of this track as it has been recorded to sound 'creepy like'. It has a slow sad tone being droned on the piano and with a bass guitar throughout. It is a fantastic track to end a fabulous album with! It makes such a massive impact on your emotion and mind - I love this track!!
Release date of album: 1991
Audio format: Compact Disc Digital Audio
Label: MUTE Records Limited
**Where To Buy**
This album is available to buy on both the high street and over the internet. The recommended retail price is £14.99. I purchased mine from HMV for £12.99 so you can use this as a good guidance figure.
You can use a search bot such as www.kelkoo.co.uk to return good competitive prices.
Other Media Available Based Upon This Album:
Moby - Play: The B Sides (CD) - £9.99
Moby - Play: The DVD - £12.99
(Both are available to buy from www.play.com)
For more information on Moby you can check out one of these following sites these sites include information on upcoming events and tours featuring the man himself:
Official Sites - www.moby.com and www.moby.org
For merchandise write to:
Moby c/o DEF
PO Box 2477
Or email: email@example.com
Well do I really need to express my opinion anymore on this album? It is outstanding both instrumentally and lyrically. It has the works of a genius behind every aspect of its composure. With such tremendous listening value, it equals great value for money - you will never get sick of this album.
I will note that this may not be suited to everyone's taste. If you are passionate like I am about extreme talent, the feel of music, the emotional aspect of lyrics, the sound of variety and vocal eccentricity then I would certainly suggest listening to Moby as he portrays all of the above.
I bought Moby's album 'Play' a while after it was released, but i didn't really know what to expext, as i don't really know much of Moby's older material. I was fairly impressed by this album, as it had a lot of tracks that i recognised - hardly surprising, after all, because every track was used on an advert or trailer of some sort! This isn't an album i would have normally bought, as i don't really listen to dance or electronic music, but not all of 'Play' is like that. There are lots of different styles used on this album, such as blues or hip-hop, as well as rock and folk. My favourite tracks are mainly the singles, such as 'Porcelain', 'Natural Blues', and 'Bodyrock', but there are some other tracks that are interesting, but i did find the second half of the album less interesting, as there were fewer songs i recognised, and it was a bit weaker than some of the earlier songs. also, there were a couple of instrumental and short tracks that didn't really interest me. Overall, this is a good purchase, and could be played for any occaision really. I would recommend it to most people, but mainly to those who may have heard a couple of tracks already, or would like to see why 'Play' has been so acclaimed.
You won't be totally suprised when you hear the tracks on this album- As nearly all of them have been used on TV! Quite a poor start with the dancy "Honey". The track doesn't offer much, just 3 and a half minutes of repeated lyrics. Oh, I've never heard this before! "Find My Baby" again consists of the same two lines of mumbling, but this time the backing tune changes. Interesting. "Porcelain" is a stunning, chill-out hit which everyone can sit back and relax to. However, I prefer the version where a lady sings (Moby isn't the best vocalist). Splendid piano notes along side other fantastic melodies thrown into a brilliant exhibit of true music. Oh, I'm so deeply mesmorised by the song, I forgot! It's called "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad". "South Side" is a bvery different track to the previous few. That's not to say it's terrible! At first, it didn't really attract me, but now- I skip to it! Lots of guitar slamms between fairly lousy vocals (shame). "Rushing" is much more of a Moby classic. Although there are no vocals (except an ongoing "Hey Yeah"), this song is a beautiful, soothing relaxation hit. *The crackling at the start reminds me of "The Blair Witch Project" where they hear someone spying on them. Next, a slightly less exciting song, "Bodyrock". This track contains elements of rap and dance, but sadly isn't as strong as you would assume. "Natural Blues" is a revisit to the 1920's blue's era. Drenched in a drum based beat, this song is an excellent but strange addition to "Play". NOTE: I seriously can't understand the lyrics! "Machete" is similar to Moby's older material. A serious dance track- not a masterpiece but definetly not one to skip. "7" isn't really a song,
as it runs for just over a minute. We here a few clanging noises and murmers, but that's it! The next installation in a so far "incredible" album is "Run On". Despite it's strong similarities to "South Side", "Run On" deals with much larger, religious issues. "Down Slow" might be a touch too slow for my liking. There are no rises in loudness, and the beat never changes. The only major sound we can hear is low chanting. Yet another credible song, "If Things Were Perfect" centres around a male voice shouting "Give Me Summer!". Not a particulary memorable track, but so what? it's better than "Bodyrock" and several other songs on here. "Inside" is a superb creative, original hit which flows awesomly out of your stereo. Add your sub woofer level higher, and chill to this incredible, beautiful melody by an obviously talented musician. Just one listen to "Guitar Flute And String" makes you realise how special Moby really is. I've never heard anything so astonishing and ground shaking (literally if your Cd Player's on loud enough!). "The Sky Is Broken" is so smooth, it was used to promote Galaxy Bars. The "Chrous" so to speak, haunts the cells of your brain with light piano drops. Last song, best song. And for once, that stands correct. "My Weakness" (used on The X-Files) sends a tidal wave of shivers down my spine through every listen. The eerie vocals of a choir whisper through a purely magical track. Moby's "Play" album is so much stronger than the usual chart "trash". It contains a roll of dance, new age and pop. If you like artists such as Enigma, you're bound to cherish this brilliant, touching album!
Richard Hall, aka Moby, is a diminutive, bald, vegan Christian. A while ago he got very angry and so, quite understandably, decided to record some heavy metal. But now he’s settled down, and he’s made this extremely popular album which, according to Q, is owned by every combat-trouser-wearing Mac-owner in the UK. And apparently, they love it. Well, I don’t. Which is possibly because I don't like combats and own a PC. But a more likely reason is that, for the main part, Play is repetitive, boring, and thoroughly uninteresting. All the tracks revolve around a grooving beat and the occasional piano, string or keyboard chord. Which is fine if you like that sort of thing, ie mainstream dance music. But I find it a bit tedious. And very few tracks actually feature Moby singing. Now, I very much suspect that this is because Dicky-boy here can’t sing. Certainly, judging by his Glastonbury performance, he can’t. Which is probably why he usually has a few soul singers scattered around the stage, and ropes in the odd Elton John to sing on a few numbers. I wonder how many people who own this album ever listen to the whole thing? I'm pretty sure that most people will just listen to the singles. And admittedly, there are some fine moments on those tracks: the gorgeous piano solo of “Porcelain”, some of “Natural Blues”, most of “Honey”, and pretty much all of “Why does my heart feel so bad?”. It’s certainly not all rubbish, it’s just that if you look at the album as a whole, the bad bits by far outnumber the good bits. But to his credit, over the years Moby has tried to make up for the apparent lack of quality in his music by adding in a few interesting extras. For instance, “Moby’s Thousand”, a track off some other album, is officially the fastest piece of music in the world, clocking in at 1000 beats per minute. That̵
7;s fast. But it doesn’t sound good, which defeats the point in making music. Similarly on this album, while “Guitar, Flute and String” certainly delivers the promised instruments, it fails to deliver good music. But maybe this is meant more as background music, which would certainly explain why every track on the album has been licensed for a TV ad. It was one of the biggest selling albums of 2000, almost certainly because people heard the songs on TV and thought “I like a bit of that”, and went out and bought the album. Indeed, this album sounds much better if you only have it on very quietly in the background, and aren’t really listening to it. So this is music that sounds quite good, until you start listening to it. Music that you shouldn’t really listen to. What’s that all about?
The God of techno returns with a both smooth and exhilarating record. Play is a mix of breakbeat rhythms, ambient mixology and inspired blues and gospel samples. The soulful "Find My Baby" and "Natural Blues" are mixed with dance tunes like "Bodyrock" and ambience like "Inside". When you first listen to this quality album from Moby you'll be surprised how familiar all the tracks are. Thats because every one is either on an advert or TV/Film soundtrack. If you've heard Moby at one of his live shows though you may be slightly disappointed as this album lacks the edge of his live performances. There are a lot of different styles on Play and it's not your average dance album, but at the same time a lot of similarity and repetition. A few excellent tunes, "Natural Blues", "Why does my heart....", "Porcelain" & "My Weakness" are suberb tracks, but there are some dodgy ones as well. With 18 tracks on the album though, there are bound to be a few weak ones. On the whole, great value for money. If you haven't got it already go out and buy it now. Track Listing 1. Honey - 8/10 2. Find my baby - 7/10 - Soulful 3. Porcelain - 8/10 4. Why does my heart feel so bad - 9/10 5. Southside - 7/10 6. Rushing - 7/10 7. Bodyrock - 8/10 - Dance 8. Natural blues - 9/10 - Soulful 9. Machete - 6/10 10. 7 - 7/10 11. Run on - 7/10 12. Down slow - 8/10 13. If things were perfect - 7/10 14. Ever loving - 7/10 15. Inside - 8/10 - Ambient 16. Guitar flute and string - 7/10 17. Sky is broken - 8/10 18. My weakness - 9/10
Every year an album comes from nowhere to become a sudden yuppie dinner party success. Some are born to be played at dinner parties (Dido's "No Angel"), others have dinner partyness thrust upon them (Portishead's "Dummy). Moby's multi-million selling play unfortunately falls into the former camp. This is essentially bland, MOR fluff bought by people with little knowledge of contemporary music in the hope that they'll appear "cool" for doing so. The Aphex Twin would scare the pants off these people, so Moby, the Jean-Michel Jarre of the 21st Century (only with less imagination) fits the bill. Put it on next time Giles & Sasha come round for dinner and you'll be applauded for your excellent taste. Well, sorry, but that's not what music is about. Music is about soul, about excitement, about innovation, about emotion, and this album contains not one of these things. From a man who once recorded a hardcore thrash album called "Animal Rights", and who is renowned for his on-tour drug & sex excesses, "Play" is stultifyingly bland. No wonder Adland has gone crazy for it, as it's simply 18 ad soundtracks in waiting. Moby has grafted on plenty of blues samples to give the album its "soul", but they really don't work. It's rather like chefs serving steak with strawberries - sure, it's innovative & no-one's done it before, but no-one's going to want to eat it. If you want blues, listen to blues. Simple as that. Other than admen, it's difficult to know who this album is aimed at. You can't dance to it, it's too MOR for the alternative rock set, not experimental enough for the electronica/post-rock crowd, too upbeat in places to be a comedown album. Let's face it, it's a shallow exercise in making Moby a bit of cash, and frankly, it really stinks. The only good thing to come out of the record is that the label, Mu
te, is home to the mighty Nick Cave, and so "Play" probably paid for the studio time which gave us "No More Shall We Part". Other than that, it's bland, boring music for bland, unimaginative people.
I actually sat down to do this opinion knowing that I do like this album, it is very clever.Visually I think this guy has amazing ideas..saw him on the Brits with all the people with blue faces AMAZING! However as I read through my comments I seem to be very picky! Guess that’s what happens when you get used to marking compositions. So read on and let me know if I have been over critical with these 18 tracks. Just my opinion you understand!! So read on Macduff!…. Track 1 -"Honey" Use of a vocal sample, simple driving piano rhythmic chords, slide playing on guitar to add some melodic interest, sounds like sampled drum rhythms as well, more like putting a jigsaw together rather than creating an original composition Track 2 - "I`m gonna find my baby" Again the use of a sampled vocal, added acoustic guitar chords, gradually this track thickens in texture as the vocal gradually drifts further back into the mix, Added string chords, female vocal (yeah, yeah), slide guitar, nicely Southern America beer commercial style. Where does this track go? No where fast again this is a jigsaw that has been put together. Although the track is quite catchy it is so simple it is painful! Track 3 - "Porcelain" Reversed sample this time..ooh what a novel idea!! Lovely piano floating on top of this. Ah ha!!We now actually have some original vocal lines added by the man himself. I like this track it has a gentle, drifting feel as well as some nice effects added to the vocals. Track 4 - "Why does my heart?" Good question! Nice sample again with an original piano riff. Again this is incredibly simple musically, yet it works. Strings, piano, drums added again to the sampled vocal line. This track relies heavily again on the added piano and string texture to give it depth. You could hardly say this man is a lyrical genius but he`s very clever at using lots of other peoples ideasR
30;good job he doesn`t write for ciao!! Wouldn`t he be accused of cheating?!!! Track 5 - "South side" Original vocal material and a pseudo african drum pattern ,Slide guitar a BIG feature this time..bit repetative not one of the stronger tracks. Dare I mention the guitar solo…Ooh this is a bit "rough" doesn`t even sound like its in the right key!!or am I just being over critical Track 6 "Rushing" Mellow,mellow. Nice contrast to the previous track. Simple female vocal, strings and piano again. Floating gently lovely arpeggio figure on the piano moves the melodic line forward whilst not introducing new harmonic ideas…CLEVER!! Track 7- "Body rock" Is this a really bad attempt at some sort of RAP/HIP HOP idea…I don`t know Nice use of wah guitar but again rather a lack of direction . Seems very familiar as well ..Best bit..piano break! Oh and its end!! Track 8 _ "Natural Blues" OOH lordie,lordie I`ve heard this try to be done live…it doesn`t WORK! The sample has got such a rare quality how can you copy this? The sample is the strength of this track but again the added elements hold the track together.. Track 9 "Machete" I won`t if you don`t mind… awful Track 10 "7" What?? Was he checking to see if his guitar was in tune and forgot record was pressed??? Track 11 "Run on" Wonderful sample!! Have you actually listened to the lyrics??? "Some people go to church to get a date with the neighbours wife!!!" Not a lot added here…drum beat and the odd bit of piano. Oh and that slide guitar again! Track 12 "Down slow" VERY Portishead…don`t you think???? Track 13 "If things were perfect" Bass line intro…scratchin` record, samples again!! But original "vocals" or rather speech. Nice sentiment though
230;moving along! Track 14 - "Ever loving" Very nice acoustic guitar! Simple but melodic. Lots of "Mmmmming"…then add piano, drums and another guitar re-enforcing the first! Minor key…just in case you wanted to know! That`s why it sounds melancholy. Nice drop back at the end as well. Track 15- "Inside" Undulating chords and nice synth sounds bit like a crying seagull. Drum beat and it takes nearly 2 minutes before a piano melody line is added. Again this is a very floaty, drifty tune! Track 16 " Flute, guitar and String" Acoustic guitar with "flute"…erm no! Flute sound yes…but certainly not a real one . I know I play one. Simple folky tune. Track 17- "The sky is broken" Drum beat…speaking again! Nice thoughts though."The sky turns black" "There`s nothing left here for me"…oooh now I feel so cheerful! Gosh aren`t I sarcastic Track 18 - "My weakness" Picture those Hawaiian people welcoming you in to shore…actually again clever use of a reverse sample!Nice and drifty again..peaceful. Relax and feel warm!! In conclusion then, very clever album, certainly one of the more innovative in recent years. Give it a listen if you haven`t already and if you have…am I right??
When I bought the Moby album I wasn't sure what the other somgs on the album would be like. The reason I bought this album was because I liked the following songs 'Porcelain, Natural blues' There's something about 'Moby,' that is really original. There are 18 tracks on this album and they all sound different, What I mean is that i've bought albums in the past and the songs all sound the same. Honey: Very catchy, a real foot tapper, quite repetitive. 9/10 Find my baby: Not my favourite song on the album, feature Moby saying 'I'm going to find my baby,' all the way through. Although there is a good instrumental going on while he's chanting. 4/10 Porcelain: Very Mellow, calming and relaxing. Quite a slow song, with a fast instrumental in the back ground. Quite a sad tune. One of my favourites, easy to relate to. 10/10 Why does my heart feel so bad?: One of the first songs Moby sang. Slow and no other word to describe it but 'a bit depressing' or 'sad.' Not one to play when you've been dumped. Despite what i've said I do like this song. 8/10 South side: Quite catchy, slow to start off with a faster chorus. Has a certain feel good factor. 8/10 Rushing: Slow despite the title, very calming and relaxing, perfect to wind-down to. Although a bit too slow for my liking. Has a contrast where it speeds up abit into an instrumental to interpret the theme of rushing. 6/10 Bodyrock: Very up-beat, catchy, a bit of a dance tune in parts. 7/10 Natural blues: As the title suggests a 'blues,' type song. Sounds like it's meant to, Moby singing the blues. 7/10 Machete: Very different from the above song. A bit of a rock tune that you could mosh to, if you ask me. 6/10 7: A slow instrumental, not one of the best tracks on the album. 5/10 Run on: A bit of a blues style song, different and quite catchy. 4/10 Down slow: Slow, depressing, instrumental. 5/10 If things were perfect: Moby seems to be talking rather than singing. 4/10 Everloving: Relaxing, quite a beautiful tune, one of the better instrumentals on the album. 7/10 Inside: Reminds me of new experiences that seem wonderful, another good instrumental. 7/10 Guitar flute & string: Quite a sad tune, yet another instrumental. 5/10 The sky is broken: Moby seem to be talking rather than singing, again, quite deep, has meaning though. 6/10 My weakness: A really emotional tune, rather like a wedding march with the piano, hard to hear what's being chanted. A beautiful tune. Another one of the better tunes on the album. 8/10 An Album well worth buying, I haven't played it for a while though. The only bad thing is there are a lot of instrumentals on the Album(at least 5.)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Find My Baby
4 Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad
8 Natural Blues
11 Run On
12 Down Slow
13 If Things Were Perfect
14 Ever Loving
16 Guitar Flute And String
17 Sky Is Broken
18 My Weakness