Hotel Enhanced, Extra tracks
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Moby - Hotel - Cd
Once a roving maverick who skipped from euphoric rave to speed-metal to ambient soundscaping as if just to prove he could, recent years have seen Richard Melville Hall relax into a comfortable and yes, lucrative niche. On the surface, Hotel follows a similarly laid-back trajectory to his last two albums, Play and 18: a collection of melancholic torch-songs indebted to electro-pop, gospel, and David Bowie's "Heroes", it's typified by the rousing, keyboard-drenched likes of "Beautiful" and the twinkling, optimistic "Spiders". But that's not to say Moby is stagnating, exactly: for one, he's bravely jettisoned the vocal samples that powered the likes of "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?", relying instead on his own understated, faintly awestruck vocals and, indeed, those of guest vocalist Laura Brown, whose sparse, synth-and-drum-machine cover of New Order's "Temptation" is a low-key highlight. But there's also a return to his raving roots on the pulsing, diva-led "Very", and a touch of politics on "Lift Me Up" a song that hides its contempt for the Bush Administration amid a dark carnival of sweeping strings and disco-noir rhythms. --Louis Pattison
Top Customer Reviews
Very is a mixture of disco and rave sound. It could be from "Everything is Wrong" album if done today. "Raining again" is a drum/piano/guitar led stomper in "We are all made of Stars" and "Extreme Ways" tradition.Beautiful, the next single, is meant to be a radio hit."Where you End" is very electronic and dreamy and could be a Depeche Mode song. "Dream about Me" is electronic and cinematic too with exquisite vocals. Very sentimental and melancholic. I am telling you again. If you spend a few listens to it you will discover that probably it is his best work to date. Highly recomended.
I especially liked the note Moby wrote inside the sleeve, explaining the title. Another reason to love this band, they show such intelligence, which doesn't really seem to be so prominent in up-and-coming bands anymore.
On the whole, a fantastic album. Perhaps not one for die-hard Moby fans, but if you just coax it out of its shell, you'll wonder why you were ever there in the first place.
The 15 tracks on the main album (disk 1) are a mixed bunch, some with strong hooks like `Raining Again', `Lift me up', `Beautiful' (the lyrics are not what they first seem - listen carefully) are right in the techno-dance mode but at the same time manage to capture an intimate feel. Some numbers like `Slipping Away' are more obviously introspective.
In the prolifically productive style of Moby, more music and more value is offered with a second disk of `ambient' music, different in character from the first; a non-intrusive quality soundscape as a background to work or study - or a dinner party.
In the album notes Moby explains his choice of title. Like life with its loves and obsessions, everything is temporary (actually a very Buddhist concept). The hotel is a permanent structure in the sense that the building is long-lasting but the rooms contain different lives and passions which come and go, day by day. A hotel room is an intimate space; home for a night, or two, and the space is cleaned, refreshed ready for the next occupant who in turn lives out intimate moments of their life in the same space, and then the same ritual again. It's a synthesis of the permanent and the impermanent.
`Hotel' is neither Moby's `best' nor `worst' album; it's just good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm sorry, I love Play and 18; and I have played Hotel enough times now to feel that it just lacks musical inspiration. Read morePublished 8 months ago by marie shutt
I think this is one of Moby's weakest albums. The faster songs are ok but the slower songs - which are the majority - are, well, boring in my opinion. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Phil Murray
Enjoy listening to it. Not in the same style as 18 or Play but shows a different side.Published 14 months ago by Rod Smith
I quite like this but I prefer other Moby albums (e.g. the classic "Play").Published 15 months ago by Enjay
It's not richard hall's best it's OK maybe a bit more you've got Lift Me Up and Raining that are the best the other not play's better a lotPublished 20 months ago by Simon Dinn
Great ambient CD - I am a big fan of Moby and this CD does not disapoint on any level.Published on 6 Oct. 2013 by Darin Mulcahy