Moby
18


2.0
poor

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2006 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


I can always count on Moby for one thing, and just one little thing. Play is a famous album and it is full of great electronic tunes, it also has its fair share of snoozers. Itís obviously Mobyís most popular and critically acclaimed album. I mean the guy has been around since í91 and no one had even heard of him until Ď99, the year when Play was released. I call myself a Moby fan but have never really enjoyed any of his albums except for, of course Play. The one little thing that I can always count on Moby to do is persuade me to purchase his next album by releasing a few upbeat and poppy singles. Once I hear a few well composed singles I immediately rush out to the store to purchase the album without any further investigation. Moby, I hate you.

After listening to this album for the first time I instantly noticed the lack of energy and upbeat tracks featured on 18. Donít get me wrong, Mobyís days of making bass heavy dance/techno tunes are over but none of these tracks are even compelling or even quick paced. Aside from the twinkle pop We are all Made of Stars, the funky Jam for the Ladies and the generic, electro-rock Rafters no zestful tracks are presented on Ď18.í If this whole album consisted of upbeat dance influenced tunes then I would be very disappointed, but the problem with 18 is that it gets dull quickly and lacks a lot of energy even if I donít make any comparisons to any other Moby albums.

18 is an atmospheric and soothing electronica album. One thing that makes this album somewhat interesting is how Moby adds in vocal samples of soul and jazz singers. He will start a song off with a relaxing beat, add electronics in and then bring in some soul influenced vocal samples. The vocals are powerful and usually dominate most of the songs which can be either a good or bad thing. The problem with this is that the formula loses its touch and has already been used before. The music is nice to hear and is very relaxing but it gets old fast considering the same exact formula was used in Play. Moby occasionally changes things up and adds in a brief instrumental, sometimes consisting of just a piano and pure electronic effects. I enjoy these tracks because they are simple and there is hardly anything to them. While Ď18' has plenty of simple, enjoyable tracks there are to many snoozers that hold the album back.

The real problem with 18 is that everything feels sort of out of place and half-assed. While Moby kept on putting in sampled vocals for each track everything has lost all of its emotion and certain songs feel very out of place. For example, [/i]Fireworks[/i] is a peaceful and warm instrumental consisting of various electronics and a soothing piano line. It really puts you into a trance and everything is simple and smooth. The problem is that right after this hypnotic track Moby shoves in Extreme Ways a more joyful and upbeat tune. There isnít any rhythm featured on 18 it seems like Moby took eighteen tracks and randomly assigned them onto one album without splitting up the few upbeat tracks on the album and the more moody and depressing songs. In result you will be skipping around a ton to find the track that suits your mood because Moby is quite inconsistent.

No matter how many times you listen to this everything sounds like it has already been done before. In This World sounds like another Soul/R&B song that belongs on an old b-side album. The whole song is made up of quick paced, shifting piano chords and a female vocalist wailing out different words. It has a nice feel and a relaxing beat, which is what Moby does best. The problem is that the following track, In My Heart is made up of quick piano crescendos, and a female vocalist singing in the same exact tone. Another Women is yet another song that uses more soul influenced female vocals. I must admit that it is much more downbeat then the other two songs, and is propelled by simple dynamics and some timpani work. While all of these tracks are quite soothing 18 is hard to listen to just because every song is so similar to one another that you canít really bare to listen to it that often.

That just about sums it up. Coming out three years after Mobyís classic album Play 18 is forgotten, and rarely mentioned. This is because there are no dominate tunes and no emotion is shown throughout the whole entire album. It seems like Moby pulled out a drum machine with some old vocal samples, brought out a few keyboards and said ďhey, letís make another Play." I hate to say it but this plan failed utterly. Everything off here feels lazy and Moby recycles beats like old pop cans (pardon the pun.) After a few listens the albums formula gets very old and you wonít be album to stomach any more soft beats, accompanied by jazzy vocal samples and dinky keyboards. While 18 makes nice background music it doesnít do much else. Unless you are a diehard electronica fan then there is no reason why you want to listen to this album.



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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I love you. Excellent review for one of my most hated artists. Moby is just so...blah.

STLMiguel
May 23rd 2006


335 Comments


What about mentioning Moby albums released before Play? He made some good stuff back in the day.

Hebrew Hammer
May 23rd 2006


37 Comments


The only song I know on this album is Extreme Ways, since it was used frequently in the films The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremecy. Since I'm not much of an electronica fan, I don't think I'll check the rest of the album. Good review though.This Message Edited On 05.23.06

Zebra
Moderator
May 23rd 2006


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=stlmiguel]What about mentioning Moby albums released before Play? He made some good stuff back in the day.[/quote]Yeah, he did make some decent pump up techno songs but I don't really think he did anything groundbreaking.

The Jungler
May 23rd 2006


4827 Comments


Play's the only Moby album I've listened to as a whole, it's good, the newer stuff hardly compares. Good review, I like We Are All Made of Stars.

STLMiguel
May 23rd 2006


335 Comments


Zebra, I never said it was "anything groundbreaking," but a lot of it is still excellent.

If anybody hasn't heard the song "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters," you should check it out. "Go," which sampled the "Twin Peaks" theme, and "Into the Blue" are both outstanding as well.



Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2006


15740 Comments


Moby can get stomped by Obie.

Great review again.This Message Edited On 05.23.06

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's stomped you Eminem-wanksta.

Two-Headed Boy
May 23rd 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not down with this hip-hoppin' lingo :upset:.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2006


15740 Comments


Me neither I don't know what just happened.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

That lyric you were quoting from "Without Me" is "You can get stomped by Obie", not "You can get stoned by Obie".
It's okay, the Interpol has just rattled your brain.
Oh, I forgot to rate this album. It gets a 2, as its on the cusp of a 1.5.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2006


15740 Comments


Crap, my bad, sorry about that.

The Jungler
May 23rd 2006


4827 Comments


I saw Moby cover "Creep" live, it was awesome.

STLMiguel
May 23rd 2006


335 Comments


Did he sample the original or was it just an instrumental?

The Jungler
May 23rd 2006


4827 Comments


Real insturments, a little more electronic though. And obviously Moby sang.

STLMiguel
May 23rd 2006


335 Comments


Sounds badass.


Zesty Mordant
May 23rd 2006


1196 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

great review, but imo this album is utter shit.

Patrick
July 12th 2006


1891 Comments


We Are All Made Of Stars=Great song

metallicaman8
July 12th 2006


4677 Comments


NO ONE CAN STOP US NOW!!! WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS!!

I love that song, haven't really heard anything else from Moby.

Two-Headed Boy
October 21st 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't think this is a bad album. I can listen to about 3/4 of the songs and some blow me away, but maybe 18 was reaching too high.



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