18 - Moby
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  • Summary: Can he do it again? Coming a full three years after his surprise megahit 'Play,' this new album from Richard Melville Hall attempts to repeat that disc's success with (surprise) 18 new tracks, including collaborations with Angie Stone, Sinead O'Connor, Azure Ray and MC Lyte.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. It's a formula, but damn if it isn't still effective. [17 May 2002, p.74]
  2. 90
    The most poignant artistic statement of his career. [May 2002, p.70]
  3. 80
    For the most part, the formula still works fine. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.107]
  4. Moby continues to do on 18 what he’s always done best, and that is to fuse disparate musical styles with a pop sensibility, while maintaining a moody, almost gothic theme.
  5. The follow-up to 'Play' is, essentially, 'Re-Play', a cynical rehash of the melancholic-yet-strangely-uplifting schtick which sold ten million albums and soundtracked every single advert of the last three years.
  6. At its best, 18 is a mesmerizing negotiation of the gap between mainstream tastes and underground allegiances. As a whole, though, it's too stuck in its in-between space to step beyond an uninspiring middle ground.
  7. Moby is no auteur, a fact made painfully clear by his terrible new album, 18, which revisits the already derivative territory of Play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jun 3, 2002
    10
    c00li0!
  2. GwenT.
    May 26, 2002
    10
    Another good one.
  3. Jun 25, 2012
    9
    Keeping the style that he had from his Play album, Moby
  4. TF
    Jun 5, 2005
    8
    Not quite as good as Play, but still fun.
  5. ALexanderN
    Jul 23, 2007
    8
    Good mood and very deep feelings...
  6. MarkM
    Jun 9, 2002
    6
    I guess the expectations were too high after 'Play'. This cd doesn't quite reach the brilliance of that one. Should be I guess the expectations were too high after 'Play'. This cd doesn't quite reach the brilliance of that one. Should be interesting to see which direction Moby takes next. Expand
  7. JS
    Sep 2, 2002
    1
    a bunch of complete and utter twaddle. more 'tear-your-hair-out' than 'chill-out'.

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