- 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.
- Record Label: V2 / Mute
- Genre(s): Electronic
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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]
JefferySApr 19, 2006This is one of my favorite tracks to listen to as I drift into a sleep: high notes are definately the first 2 songs... if you are in the market for a fun-easy listening cd, this is top notch… Expand
JackD.Mar 29, 2005I had low expectations, but man, the critics are crazy. It's not his best work, but it's a good, solid effort, a low-key atmosphere but challenging and ambitious and it succeeds most of the time. Some portions are boring, the second disc is mood music - you have to be in the right mood to dig it, but it's a free 'bonus.' This is no holding pattern/rip-off/Xerox, it's a cool, low-key album that grows on you. Not as poppy or accessible as "Play," not swinging for the fences like "Everything Is Wrong," just staking out new territory and new textures.… Expand
Mar 31, 2013Hotel 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… Expand
ArmandoAFeb 19, 2006Ok, so yeah. This album basically blows compared to genius-artwork "Play", but a couple of songs (for instance "Lift Me Up") are worth a listening. The ambience aggregate does a much better job than the pop album, but then again, you must be into that kind of music or own a lounge-bar or something in order to appreciate it.… Expand
MikeSMar 27, 2005Its sad that Mobys new album is so bad! After he made "18" I thought you would learn from his mistakes and make an album which would be better then "Play" but this isnt the case. The album feels like its a copy from his other works, but a much worse copy. If youre a Moby fan like me, I would still have to say I wouldnt recommend the album.… Expand
DanHMar 22, 2005Moby has continued to copy off of himself, much like he did with 18. Where 18 was a pretty dull copy of himself, Hotel is a terrible copy. It's like a xerox of a xerox of a xerox of a... until it fuzzes into a general and crappy image of the origninal.… Collapse
OldYMar 22, 2005This is complete drivel. I was going to give it 1/10, but I couldn't remember what I'd given it a point for. If 18 was Play's B-sides, then Hotel is the C-sides: give me a Fisherprice Keyboard and I can make more interesting ambient music than this!… Expand
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