Review Summary: Everything is Wrong may not be Moby's most definitive work, but it surely is his most unique and cathartic.1 of 1 thought this review was well written
After listening to Moby on his third studio album "Everything is Wrong" one gathers that he is a man of many talent's. The record makes some rather interesting genre leaps despite being named within the Dance genre and its emotional tone adds to the confusion. Moby's narration (through other singers) such as the widely unknown yet superb Mimi Goese is one of a emotionally torn man who never quite resolves his problems. The album has a sound and soul typically missing from Dance Music at the time of it's release. The inclusion of such a statement means that Everything is wrong carries a historical importance. Moby's first album, his self titled release was a similar affair but it never capitalized on that affair the same way Everything is Wrong did.
This is a recording which jumps from manic ("Feeling So Real") to melancholic ("Into the Blue") without really much warning. Throughout Moby also offers his greatest instrumental workouts with the timeless beauty of "God Moving Over the Face of the Water's" and the blissful bass driven "First Cool Hive" tracks both deserving of there titles. It's not just conventional beauty that Moby strives for here as he even pulls off a rather nifty Ministry inspired track with "All That I Need Is to be Loved" This eclecticism also hurts the record however as he tries for the same sound on "What Love?" but fails, coming off as too ham fisted and erratic. The albums dance tracks also don't coincide well with the softer balladesque material which dominates the second half of the recording, not lending well to consistency.
These missteps are a small price to pay however as Everything is Wrong is far too emotionally rewarding to be ignored even by the most casual of listeners. There is something here for everyone and it's depressive tone never gets in the way of the music. Furthermore it is a work set out for complete catharsis, which is quite a feat considering it never overtly bludgeons the listener to complete its mission statement. Moby may have had bigger and stronger hit's than Everything is wrong but he was never able to capture the soul of that recording again.