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  • Summary: The 15th full-length release for the Los Angeles-based electronic artist is said to be inspired by trip-hop music.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Mar 6, 2018
    80
    With this widescreen delivery Moby has made an album at once more profound and more substantial than anything we have heard from him in a long time, and certainly more personally meaningful than Play.
  2. Mar 14, 2018
    80
    It is the best thing Moby has done in a long time.
  3. Magnet
    Apr 17, 2018
    80
    It's not as fun as [1999's Play], but the broad outlines comes from a similar Play-book, with Moby talk/sung vocals amid coos and hums of female singers. ... It's an inviting album but it's bleak. [No. 150, p.56]
  4. Mar 1, 2018
    75
    Oddly enough, the early '90s feel which permeates the record, sounds fresh as a daisy in 2018. It would have been easy for Moby to get all punk rock and bombastic about the subject matter, but instead we get lush, mid-tempo trip hop. Kudos, sir.
  5. 67
    He’s turning them [conflicting emotions] into a rapturous piece of art like this instead of venting his spleen in the echo chamber of social media is worthy of praise and attention. Just do yourself the favor of taking this album in moderation. A little goes a long way.
  6. Mar 1, 2018
    60
    Too often--as on ‘The Last Of Goodbyes’, with its limp rap and doleful Burialisms--it sounds like Moby pastiching his old self. On the flip side, ‘Welcome To Hard Times’, a sunny Balearic soul shuffle, is lovely, and the ghostly piano haunting ‘The Tired And The Hurt’ contains the muscle memory of his masterpiece ‘Porcelain’, but they’re isolated sparkles.
  7. Mar 6, 2018
    50
    Despite these fine individual performances, Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt overall is an interminable slog.

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  1. Mar 10, 2018
    8
    The "Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt" is all the same actual trip-hop in the inherent author's style.
    ____ Mentally and
    The "Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt" is all the same actual trip-hop in the inherent author's style.
    ____ Mentally and captivatingly. I will especially mention the song "This Wild Darkness" - gospel always captivates me.)
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  2. Mar 10, 2018
    8
    Beautiful and inspired. Moby's latest is lush and soothing even at its most melancholic. It feels earnest and sincere even at its mostBeautiful and inspired. Moby's latest is lush and soothing even at its most melancholic. It feels earnest and sincere even at its most awkward. It taps into a similar subdued power that Lambchop did on FLOTUS. I know this guy gets a bad rap for churning out sentimental electronica mood pieces for the masses, and I'm not going to argue whether or not he deserves that critical sneer, but I can already tell this gem is going under the radar and it's a shame, because it's one of the best albums so far this year. Expand
  3. Apr 6, 2018
    8
    Moby surpassed himself with this album, the production envelops you in a magical atmosphere, manages to capture a unique essence.
  4. Mar 9, 2018
    8
    This album I think is going to be the sort of gem that gets lost in the shuffle but could potentially get it's due later. This really was aThis album I think is going to be the sort of gem that gets lost in the shuffle but could potentially get it's due later. This really was a surprising album for me, I enjoy it as a cohesive whole and can get through the whole album without feeling like I'm ever taken out of it. Which is the opposite of my experience with the only 2 other Moby albums I've listened to (Play and 18). Give it a few spins before writing it off. Good album Expand