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But on to content...This was apparently compiled quickly. This album cheats the listener out of 25 minutes of ambience that ANY other would deliver. With so many tracks, many are mere 30-second vignettes which are nice, but over before they begin. Another unmet standard is the sustained 10-minute epic. Few here last five minutes. There are highlights, such as the exquisite piano/synthwave combo on the third track, but they are almost overshadowed by tracks better suited to the s/t release. Indeed, tracks like "Mercy", "Slight Return", and "Stream" should be here instead. Popular artists as the Aphex Twin have properly interpreted the name, producing massive releases that almost no one can stand (i.e. SAWv.2). Whether Moby was above or below that, I leave to your decision.
One who buys this buys the name of the artist...NOT the name of the album. Any strictly ambient artist who released a fifty-minute album of "abstract dance" would either be ignored or chastized for contaminating the purely ethereal genre. The Amazon review correctly separates this from the Fripp/Eno stockpile, but for more accessible stuff that better fits the label, one should try a full(er)-length effort by (among others I've never heard of) Global Communication, Terre Thaemlitz, FSOL, Loop Guru, The Black Dog (and so on). Get more for ambience for your dollar and look elsewhere. Moby enthusiasts, nonetheless, will feel right at home with this. I enjoyed it.
1) There are some tracks that are incredibly short and others that seemed to go on too long like Dog (which also sounded more techno than ambient).
2) There are really no memorable tracks here. Yes, Moby has done some stunning ambient tracks like God Moving Over the Face of the Waters, First Cool Hive, Hymn, My Weakness, and Rushing, but, unfortunately, there's nothing like any of these tracks on this album.
There are some good tracks like Heaven, Bad Days, My Beautiful Blue Sky, and Lean on Me, but nothing to get excited about. Pick this album up if you like Moby like I do, but don't be expecting a Play, I Like to Score, or an Everything Is Wrong with this album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most songs seem the same but I do like the cd. Makes good mood music when traveling aline. Try it.Published on May 12, 2014 by Bill Jones
I enjoyed his stuff in 1999 and his new stuff and old stuff is great to get if you like moby music.Published on December 7, 2013 by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
I expected something a little more melodic with some grooves, this is more 'house' or something than I was hoping for. I'm sure some folks will like it!Published on August 27, 2013 by lisap
It's maybe the first cd that Moby did in an ambient cd.
The trouble is that you'll have a hard time to find the relax side of this cd. Read more
It is very rare for me to purchase a complete album from a single artist and I was surprised to find out I recognized most of the selections on this album. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by JayCee
Moby never disappoints, sometimes driving, sometimes somber, he always brings you something interesting for your brain to mull. Great for relaxing, or quiet thoughtful work.Published on January 29, 2013 by VOR