Moby’s Play is renowned for being the first album ever to totally sell-out, in that every last one of its 18 tracks was licensed for commercial use in ads and films. Given that level of exposure you may know all the tunes here anyway, but in case you want to treat them to a proper listening experience, here is a 2LP reissue on 180g vinyl. On Mute.
Vinyl Double LP £27.49 5016025311729
180g vinyl reissue 2LP on Mute.
- Includes download code
6/10 Joe 8th January 2018
Moby's Play - ah, the collection of national anthems played at dinner parties all across Richmond-upon-Thames. Luckily, I wasn't that old then (and I'm still not now) and live so far north of the river that I'm in Hertfordshire, but I remember when my dad had to cheekily make a second copy of this CD for primary-school-me because I was obsessed with the first track, Honey. However, given the many times I've played this (just as many times as the advertising industry) I've pretty much ruined it - however - if you've never heard this album (I'd say many people of my age still haven't had the chance to) go for it. I doubt it'll get ruined by a car advert any time soon.
6/10 Jack 1st June 2016
Off the bat, most of the album is an exploration into the fascination of sampling old works into new ideas. You get at least six songs on this album devoted to nothing more than exhuming old tracks and layering them over filtered, mid-tempo drums. To me, it's not that exciting anymore, and it feels dated. There's moments where Moby goes back to his previous albums and starts singing...that's a bad thing to me, too, since he doesn't have a great voice in my opinion, and one track ("The Sky Is Broken") is just flat-out creepy requests for communication from someone.
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