In these days of
fly-by-night musicians, Moby is somewhat of an anomaly. his first
solo release, Go (voted one of Rolling Stone's top 200
records of all time), was released in 1991. In the ensuing 14 years he
has had what is arguably the
strangest career in contemporary music. he has made dance records and
rock records and ambient records and heavy metal records.
He has written classical music for movies
and had platinum albums in almost every country in the western world.
He has DJ'd in clubs for 100 people and headlined Glastonbury for
125,000 people. he has played punk rock in tiny bars in Germany and he
has performed at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics for an audience
of 2 billion people. he has had albums that have sold less than 100,000
copies worldwide (1996's Animal Rights'), and albums that have
sold in the millions (1999's play and 2002's '18'). he has
remixed and produced everyone from David
Bowie to Metallica
to the Beastie Boys
to Aerosmith to new order,
etc. he has toured with David
Bowie. he has sung duets with Elton
John, bono, michael stipe, lou
reed, and many others. and yet he still makes all of his records at home
in his bedroom.
|Yes, Moby has without a
doubt had one of the strangest careers in contemporary music.
His new album, Hotel, certainly
continues in Moby's tradition of making beautifully eclectic
records. it runs the gamut from qu'entals ("Hotel Intro",
"Homeward Angel") to big-chorus stadium anthems
("Spiders", "Lift Me Up") to straight-forward
electro-disco ("Very") to ballads ("Anyone But You",
"Forever",to new-wave ("Where You End"), and
everything in between.
Moby has, as always, played every
instrument on the cd (except for the live drums...his friend scott
fassetto did that...) and done all of the production. Moby also sings on
almost every song, although he is joined on four songs by his friend
Laura Dawn, who is the cultural director for moveon.org.
To complete the idiosyncratic diversity
of this package, Hotel is accompanied by
"Hotel-Ambient", a beautiful and atmospheric collection
ofinstrumentals that will relax even the most neurotic insomniac. oh,
one last thing, whereas Moby's past records have relied heavily
on samples, this record is actually completely sample-free.
And if you're ever in the Lower East Side
of Manhattan, stop by Moby's tea-shop, Teany, and say hello.
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