Hotel - Moby
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47

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5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 56 Ratings

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  • Summary: The latest from the New York-based techno guru eschews samples for live instrumentation and vocals (by the bald one himself), and is backed by a second disc of ambient works.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 8 out of 24
  1. It's certainly not the most bracing thing he's ever done, but it's hardly disposable pop dreck.
  2. The irony is that even though the sound itself is more "natural" than on most of Moby's previous work, the essence feels less organic and more calculated. [20 Mar 2005]
  3. When it works... he is as heroically spirit-raising and stomach-tighteningly emotional as he was on Play.... Yet, when Moby plods, it's as if the world is burning with boredom. [Apr 2005, p.121]
  4. Hotel is aptly titled: it's ultimately a clinical, generic experience.
  5. 40
    [A] fruitless bid to affect euphoria. [Apr 2005, p.97]
  6. The lyrics seem ripped from a teenager's journal, and his regular-guy vocals can't make them compelling.
  7. Of all the glaring sonic crimes, it’s Moby’s nonexistent voice that most solidifies Hotel’s future infamy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 38
  2. Negative: 17 out of 38
  1. Mar 31, 2013
    8
    Hotel is Moby’s first album without any vocal samples and it is a departure from his earlier albums Play and 18.

    It turns out that many
    critics and even his fans stated that this is his worst album. On Metacritic, it has an average critic score of 47 and an average score of 5.0/10 from the users.

    I do agree that it’s his least best, but I find this album to be underrated and I thought it was a good album overall.

    The first half of the album is the best, but I thought that in the second half of the album, it sounded like Moby was running out of ideas.

    Yes, it is his least best, but it’s worth a listen.

    Track Picks: Hotel Intro, Raining Again, Lift Me Up, Where You End & Spiders

    DW Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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