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Average User Score: 7.6Sep 30, 20132013 has been a great year for electronic music so far, with many of the greats returned and delivering some of their best works in a long2013 has been a great year for electronic music so far, with many of the greats returned and delivering some of their best works in a long time. So far this year we had Ulrich Schnauss return with his first album under his own name in five years delivering another dreamy ambient album A Long Way to Fall, Tricky releasing a new album similar to the sound with his debut Maxinquaye with False Idols, Karl Hyde from Underworld releasing his stellar debut solo album Edgeland, Daft Punk saving dance music from the recycled corporate hands of will.i.am, while also giving it a new edge with the excellent Random Access Memories, Boards of Canada releasing their first album in eight years with the brilliant Tomorrow’s Harvest, BT returning to his pure old skool roots in the trance genre while also updating marvellously in A Song Across Wires, and coming up, we have VNV Nation releasing their new album titled Transnational.
Now, we have Moby, who just released his eleventh studio album this week, Innocents recreates a lot of the material that has worked to his advantage over a decade ago with Play, while also throwing the best elements from his last couple of albums (mainly Wait for Me and Destroyed) resulting in an album that is rich, pure, soothing, hugely sentimental and beautifully uplifting.
However this time, he’s not doing the album on his own. For the very first time, he’s worked with an outside producer named Mark “Spike” Stent, a grammy-award winning producer who’s worked with just about everyone in pop including Madonna, U2, Coldplay, Oasis, Muse, Ellie Goulding, Pink, Keane and Lady Gaga just to name a few. He even worked with one of the electronic greats like Björk and Massive Attack.
He also invited many guests vocalists on the record as well, including Cold Specks singing superbly on “A Case for Shame” and “Tell Me”, Damien Jurado delivering dreamy vocals on “Almost Home”, Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips sings with Moby on the gospel-chanting uplifting “The Perfect Life”, Skylar Grey gives a wonderful performance on “The Last Day”, Inyang Bassey singing brilliantly on the catchy “Don’t Love Me” and Mark Lanegen (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) giving a haunting and rich raspy vocal on the emotionally driven “The Lonely Night”.
Even with having all these guest vocalists and another producer on board, it doesn’t distract that it’s still a Moby album and he manages to steal the show giving a nice performance on the album closer “The Dogs” and also delivering an excellent EP if you buy the deluxe version titled “Everyone Is Gone”, a thirty minute EP that once again shows off his great skills in making ambient music that is just as good as the main album.
He stills throws in his usual shtick on some of the tracks, but here, it is used with great effect. “Everything that Rises” serves as a brilliant opener that showcases what he has in store for the rest of the album, “Going Wrong” is a nice, soothing, piano-driven listen, “A Long Time” is another great vocal-sampled song and “The Saints” sounds a lot like Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Sympathy”, which is not a bad thing.
With superb collaborators and a great producer and with Moby always at the centre of everything and obviously the main attraction, Innocents is the most creative, compelling and engaging album that Moby has put out since Play and one of the best albums I’ve had the pleasure of listening to this year. It’s up there with Karl Hyde’s Edgeland, Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories as one of the best electronic albums of 2013.
Innocents (Main Album):
1. Everything that Rises
2. A Case for Shame (with Cold Specks) ✔
3. Almost Home (with Damien Jurado)
4. Going Wrong
5. The Perfect Life (with Wayne Coyne) ✔
6. The Last Day (with Skylar Grey) ✔
7. Don’t Love Me (with Inyang Bassey)
8. A Long Time
10. Tell Me (with Cold Specks) ✔
11. The Lonely Night (with Mark Lanegan) ✔
12. The Dogs
Innocents (Everyone Is Gone EP)
1. I Tried ✔
2. Illot Mollo ✔
3. Miss Lantern ✔
5. Everyone Is Gone
6. My Machines
DW Rating: 9/10… Expand
Average User Score: 5.5Mar 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 manyHotel 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
Average User Score: 9.0Feb 5, 2013I 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 isI 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*… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Nov 20, 2012NOVEMBER 2011: Overall, Talk That Talk is a poor effort. While there are still some highlights, the album is a huge downgrade compared to herNOVEMBER 2011: Overall, Talk That Talk is a poor effort. While there are still some highlights, the album is a huge downgrade compared to her previous albums. I wouldn't surprised if she does another album next year.
NOVEMBER 2012: Well, another year has passed and Rihanna has done another album. Big **** surprise there.
After last year's half-assed cheap cash-in piece of **** that is Talk That Talk, you'd think that Rihanna, her songwriters and producers would have learned their lessons from that album and her record label should've let her have a break from the music world for a while. But NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! They have to make another ridiculously rushed product just to cash in on a already ridiculously rushed product.
This album is just **** terrible. The lyrics were boring and repetitive, the music is uninspired and I felt like they wasted Eminem's talent on the track Numb. If you're expecting another Love the Way You Lie from them well don't. Eminem's rapping only lasted 30 seconds. WHAT IS THE **** POINT ON PUTTING HIM ON THE SONG ANYWAY???
Alot of the tracks on this album are just fillers and uninteresting to listen to and I fell asleep half the time.
But the album starts to get good during the second half of the album with tracks like Stay being a nice piano track, Half of Me is a pretty good track pretty much thanks to one of the writers being Emeli Sandé and Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary being by far the best track on the album.
But the track Nobody's Business was just disturbing to listen to much due to the fact that it has Chris Brown on the track because well, he beat Rihanna up like a bodybag three years ago. While it has a nice sound and a OK sample usage from Michael Jackson's track The Way You Make Me Feel, you just cannot help but just thinking about the incident at the back of your mind.
Rihanna's vocals on the album is once again a hit and miss. Some tracks she can give out really powerful vocal chords and yet on some of the tracks like Phresh Out the Runway, Pour It Up, Right Now and No Love Allowed I just felt like she was just using one different vocal chord on each of those tracks and it has got really stale.
While it still have some gems, the album as a whole though is just a bore. For most of the album's length, Rihanna's singing is dull, the music is dull and it feels more like a half-assed EP than it is a full length album.
With rushed under-produced tracks, rushed production values, being boring as hell and relentlessly forgettable, Unapologetic is a big mess.
Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary and
Half of Me
1.5 stars out of 5… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Jun 25, 2012Behind the Sun is a great follow up to an already a fantastic album Far From the Maddening Crowds.
The best tracks on the album are LowBehind the Sun is a great follow up to an already a fantastic album Far From the Maddening Crowds.
The best tracks on the album are Low Sun, No Ordinary Morning, **** (Original Mix and The Thrillseekers Remix), Halcyon, Autumn Tactics and Don't Give Up.
When you listen to this album you feel like you're at the beach on holiday or at a big dance club.
If you're sadly can't go on holiday this year and you want to feel like you're on holiday, give this album a listen and you're definitely feel like you're there.
No Ordinary Morning
**** (Original Mix)
Don't Give Up (Original Mix)
4.5 stars out of 5
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Average User Score: 8.9Jan 15, 2012Underworld had really made a name for themselves after two critically acclaimed albums Dubnobasswithmyheadman and Second Toughest in theUnderworld had really made a name for themselves after two critically acclaimed albums Dubnobasswithmyheadman and Second Toughest in the Infants and they had continued the trend with their third album Beaucoup Fish.
This was the last studio album to feature Darren Emerson before he left the group to pursue a solo career, but he made sure that he was going out with a bang on this album.
I described Dubnobasswithmyheadman as a fun pop record and Second Toughest in the Infants as an emotionally driving record. I like to describe Beaucoup Fish as a head-banging record.
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Average User Score: 6.9Nov 21, 2011Loud was one of my favourite albums of 2010. It had alot of catchy songs, great beats and had very high production values. Not a perfectLoud was one of my favourite albums of 2010. It had alot of catchy songs, great beats and had very high production values. Not a perfect album, but it was alot of fun. Now just a mere one year later after Loud came out, Rihanna was desperately trying to recreate the success of her last album, but pretty much it failed on many counts. Talk That Talk has taking out alot of the fun from Loud and simply just throwed it out the window with alot of terrible repetitive lyrics and recycled material from her previous releases, you can't help but feel that this album is nothing more than a rushed, cashed-in product. While Loud did had sexual lyrics, I didn't really mind it on that album and it's offensive in a fun way but Talk That Talk is simply offensive. The sexual tone is forced, the lyrics are repetitive on alot of the songs, and it sounds too similar to her previous releases. There are still some good songs on the album believe it or not. My favourites are the self-titled track with Jay-Z, We All Want Love, Drunk on Love, Do Ya Thang, and Calvin Harris Extended Mix of We Found Love. You Da One, Where Have You Been and We Found Love (Original) are alright but nothing special. Rihanna's vocal performance is a hit and miss affair. Some songs she gives really good vocals but on other songs on the album I felt like she wasn't even trying. The worst songs on the album are the ones that are either offensive, boring or forgettable. **** (I Love It), Birthday Cake, Watch n' Learn and Red Lipstick are just sex songs that'll make you feel dirty just by listening to them, Roc Me Out sounds too much like Rude Boy, and Farewell and Fool in Love are the emotional songs that you have heard from her so many times before and its now gone old. Overall Talk That Talk is a mixed bag. While there are still some highlights, the album is a huge downgrade compare to her previous albums. I wouldn't be surprised if she does another album next year. I know this sounds cheesy but I'm gonna say it anyway: She can't really "Talk the Talk", so she mind as well "Walk the Walk". 2.5 stars out of 5… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2Jun 28, 2011Gold Cobra is the best Limp Bizkit album since Chocolate Starfish. All the songs on the album are awesome. If you are a huge Limp Bizkit fan,Gold Cobra is the best Limp Bizkit album since Chocolate Starfish. All the songs on the album are awesome. If you are a huge Limp Bizkit fan, get this album now. You will not be disappointed. A+… Expand