I managed to get a copy of the album, and am less than impressed. I haven't listened to it enough to give a decent review, but the overall impression I got was that it seemed like he was just going through the motions. Everything sounded like I'd heard it before. I would say it's just OK.
I cannot stand the first single from 18, though prelims that I've heard of one or two other tracks sounded decent. Moby likes to push the envelope, and I frequently do not like what comes of that. I have heard him do lots of different stuff, and while often ahead of his time, I can't say that I have liked all of his albums...actually I don't like all the tracks on any of them besides Play.
the only other moby album i'm familiar with is "everything is wrong" which came out ages ago. i liked that album a lot.
when i got "play" it also got very heavy rotation in my playlist.
so, far so good...i'll definitely be picking "18" up. >
The album really grows on you, IMHO. I've probably spun it about five times since getting it and I like it more and more every time. The album has a really sad, mournful vibe that I find quite affecting.
Another album, BTW, that's getting lots of spins is Craig Armstrong's AS IF TO NOTHING. Fantastic stuff. (Craig Armstrong is primarily a film composer/arranger -- he did MOULIN ROUGE, for example. This is his second non-soundtrack album and I think it is phenomenal.)
well, i'm officially a fan of the new album.
words like "orchaestrated" (sp?), "layered" and "melancholy" come to mind.
a lot of the songs have that slow, ambient, layering sound...which i really like. somewhat similar to his song "god moving his hand over the face of the water" or whatever the heck that song was called from his play album.
there's a couple of more up-tempo "funky" tracks, but i would say that's not the norm for this album.
reading his essay this time, it sounds like he was definetly in an introspective mood during the making of this album. it sounds like he's grown as an individual and that's where this album feels.
as a side note i thought it was cool that he also does not use capitals when he types - just like me. ergo, i must be as cool as moby! :rolleyes
anyway, i think if you liked play for it's variety and uptempo, you may be disappointed in this album. however, if you like his more melodic melancholy stuff - then this album will definitely be a hit with you.
i give it 4 out of 5.