Monday, 5 October 2009

Moby - 'Play'

Even though 'Play' still appears to be held in high esteem, and taking in to consideration its saturised use in the advertising world, I was surprised after relistening today how dated it sounds. Not that I don't appreciate the amount that production technology has improved in the last 10 years, but even sitting 'Play' side by side with other albums in a similar vein from the same year it can not compete (Roots Manuva's 'Brand New, Second Hand' and Four Tet's 'Dialogue' being two examples). The drums are tame, the piano sounds hideously flat and MIDI, and the whole thing seems to get by with the use of irritatingly catchy samples. Moby's own voice is questionable, although its qualities are open for debate.

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