As several reviewers have noted, this is one of Moby’s more sedate efforts. It is not dance music, and was not obviously intended as such. You need to listen to the samples before purchasing.
I am thoroughly enjoying this.
For an even more relaxed experience from Moby, try Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep.
For those who ALWAYS seem to need to dance, this album is NOT for you. For those of you who, like me, have the time or the need to have a subdued place to retreat from the nonsense of the everyday, this album is the perfect soundtrack. Kick back, put your feet up, close your eyes, relax and reset.
Thank you. I enjoy your Ambient realms!
Soothing and Beautiful Instrumental Album
This is not the usual Moby, but hat doesn't mean it's bad. This album helped me while studying throughout college. It's also helpful for meditation and relaxation.
Not for every Moby fan .. Deep introspective music ...
Ok, you'll get a once in a great while - "I don't get it". It's not your time to appreciate this type of music. Moby is versatile and I appreciate his appreciation for those of us into deep introspective music without the superficialities of fun music styles. Also glad to hear ambient music without the heavy use of pianos! It's calming yet puts me (don't know about others) in a good mood after a tough day. I look forward to more albums like this from Moby.
Listen every time I go to sleep.
A re-release of a hidden Moby gem
In 2005, Moby released Hotel, a quieter follow-up to his more upbeat Play and 18 albums. While Hotel had some amazing tracks, including Raining Again and a subdued cover of New Order's Temptation, what was interesting about early releases of the CD is that it came with a bonus CD, titled Hotel Ambient.
Several years ago, Moby was asked where to get a copy of Hotel Ambient, and commented in an interview that he realized he didn't even have a copy of his own. (Crazy, right?) So he set about remaking Hotel Ambient from scratch.
This album is quite different from Play and 18, with their radio-friendly tunes like South Side and We Are All Made of Stars. In fact, I don't think there's a single truly radio-friendly song on the entire disc. Then again, that's part of the appeal. It's a hidden gem, and one that I felt lucky to have since I later realized that HA no longer shipped with Hotel.
Fans of Moby's dance/electronic music may find this album strange; it IS an ambient album after all. However, those who have followed Moby since his early days (I was first introduced to Moby through his brilliant God Moving Over the Face of the Waters remix that played over the climax of Michael Mann's Heat) know that Moby hasn't ever really stayed with one style of music. Animal Rights was a heavier. darker album, and in my mind Everything is Wrong israther eclectic.
Yet, that's Moby. I've never really known what to expect from a new Moby album, but that's fine with me. Hotel Ambient felt like the perfect complement to Hotel itself, a low-key album made for lullabyes and floating. Whenever I've felt frenetic and needed something soothing, this is the disc I'd play.
Homeward Angel (Long) is an extended mix of the version on Hotel, and is 11 minutes of pure bliss. Just like any great electronic piece, it starts slow and quiet, builds layer upon layer to a...well, it's not a crescendo, but a melody that takes me into the clouds, floating through the interwoven threads until the song slowly dies away again. Absolutely beautiful.
Snowball is another favorite, as is Blue Paper. However, if you're not into ambient music, the kind that takes you to a neverland of sound, this album is probably not for you. Still, this is a hidden gem in my book, and I'm glad that those who weren't able to experience it the first time have another chance now.
For the one reviewer who said he doesn't get people's reviews because the music is ambient...well, most people realize this(I think), but don't like the genre...most American's if the music is electronic(and no vocals), need singing. Not me. I way prefer Moby's ambient style tracks to the vocal ones. I love how he usese synth strings on a lot of the songs as well. Some classic tracks on here.
Another ambient classic
Ignore everyone complaining about this being too mellow. They clearly failed reading in school and missed the "ambient" part. This is another now traditional Moby ambient album where he strips the tracks of vocals from another album and creates an amazing album of mellow relaxing music. If you want to dance this isn't for you but that should be obvious if you noticed the ambient part of the title. Otherwise this is another amazing Moby album to relax to.
No, it not an album from 2004...
Close your eyes (it is ambient music after all) and I magine this: An artist who is also diverse (your mind should be blown right about now). Ok, I'm being mildly sarcastic, but mostly I jest in response to complaints that this is a letdown in comparison to his past music...this just isn't in the same style as an album like the Play and in fact, it isn't in the same genre either. I can not fathom anyone who understands music and the creative process ever trying to put Moby of all people in a box and slap a label on it. The man has been active since the 80's and what made the really hugely successful albums just that, is the fact that he was so different from what we knew. But, to expect him to continue along the same path of albums like Play without experimentation with other genres (something I think is pretty synonymous with this artist) and attempts to push the envelope, a disservice to all involved (from creation to consumption). Further, art is very personal...I can appreciate any kind of art without enjoying it on any level. I don't have to love something to respect what an artist is doing; I can simply appreciate it for what it is attempting to do. I often listen to classical music and while certain sub-genres within it do little for me. Yet, I can appreciate how intricate a composition is or the sheer talent it takes to play something of incredible difficulty.
So, you don't have to like this collection and we could all sit around hoping for some sort of sequel to Play. But, we can respect it for what it is even if it does not jive with our preferences: An artist continuing to explore and one brave enough to (pardon the cliché) march to the ever changing beat of his own drum. I will continue to follow Moby, waiting for his next works, and to once again find and connect with that which stirs my soul.