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  • Summary: Although techno artist Moby had been on the scene for almost a decade and had released five albums, his fame had chiefly been limited to his club hit "Go" back in 1991. 'Play' changed all that, however, garnering a sea of critical and popular acclaim for the artist. A mix of styles (including deviations into blues and gospel), 'Play' also has the unique distinction of having all 18 of its tracks licensed for use in film, television and advertising. Expand
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  1. But though the blues and gospel and more gospel testify not just for song but for body and spirit, they wouldn't shout anywhere near as loud and clear without the mastermind's ministrations--his grooves, his pacing, his textures, his harmonies, sometimes his tunes...
  2. Unlike so many other cut-and-paste experiments, this actually sounds like music and not a clever science project.
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    Although it may appear frantic, Play is an eclectic and coherent work where Moby accesses an array of sounds from his milieu of influences.
  4. This time out, Moby manages to establish himself not only as a talented multi-instrumentalist and genre-jumper, but as someone who can write interesting songs in a variety of genres -- a point he's missed in the past.
  5. The ebb and flow of eighteen concise, contrasting cuts writes a story about Moby's beautifully conflicted interior world while giving the outside planet beats and tunes on which to groove.
  6. On his cunningly crafted CD, the restless techno composer cleverly constructs a bridge between electronic dance music and the black Southern styles that form the basis of most American rock and pop.
  7. In short, it's fun and functional, yet disposable.

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
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  3. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. ValiantAlex
    Mar 22, 2004
    It is from the rare single-author albums that gives so satisfaction. The good about it is that it isn't comfirmed to some kind of music neither to a particular style(except maybe for that charming piano), it is what I should call multi-stylish. You can hear several voises and many instruments. But, hey, this is music and what makes this awesome is the punk explosions at times, that perfectly graceful piano , the harmony and the rythm of Moby's music. This music is utterly unpredictable and suprising with its spirit. Beautiful, beautiful!! Expand
  2. TF
    Jun 5, 2005
    Easily a 10. Probably Moby's best album to date.
  3. Feb 5, 2013
    I can’t think of anything to say that hasn’t already been said about Moby’s Play album. The one thing that I can say though (and I know it is typical) is that it's his best album he has ever made throughout his entire career.

    The music was flawless, the beats are nice and catchy, the samples he used is brilliant, and it has a fantastic pace.

    I love how the first couple of tracks were all fun and throughout the course of the album, it starts to get darker, more meaningful and really emotional.

    Overall, Moby’s Play is a fantastic album. It left a huge impact on the electronic music genre and it certainly had left a huge impact on me for the rest of my life.

    Track Picks: Honey, Porcelain, Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?, Rushing, Bodyrock, Natural Blues The Sky Is Broken

    DW Rating: 5 out of 5 stars *Album Pick*
  4. tanyah
    Feb 16, 2005
    catchy, soulfull, moving
  5. AN
    Apr 7, 2007
    A strong CD, with some of the most unique, catchy songs I've ever heard. Still, even with all of the acclaim it's gotten, I doubt anyone would have complained if a couple of the ambient tracks had been replaced with some more of the clever gospel/techno seen at the start (which also contributes to the album's front-loaded issue). Still, the majority of the tracks are strong, as is much of the ambient, and it turns out to be a shining example of experimentation gone right. Expand
  6. Mike
    Mar 23, 2005
    This is probably Mobys best album. alot of really good tracks. Very good
  7. AmberE.
    Jul 27, 2002
    Moby proves that he sux. and Eminem Rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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