YMMV / Moby

  • Anvilicious: The liner notes to Play amount to lecturing the reader to take up Moby's life choices - especially veganism. The last page is nothing but quotes that excoriate the reader for even considering eating animal products. The music's good, the liner notes are terrible. If it's any help, Moby admits in the notes that they don't have anything to do with the music.
    • Let's be real here; Moby's always been unafraid to push his vegan agenda, from his music to his liner notes to his social media presence.
  • Archive Panic: Let's dive right in. He's been recording under the Moby name since the beginning of The '90s, and has amassed sixteen albums, with various singles from each album (and non-album singles) adding up to countless remixes and b-sides. Then he's recorded a few more albums under the name Voodoo Child, and then there's all the compilations of his work, and the deluxe editions of some of his records (some of which add a second disc of his ambient material). There's no shortage of material for this guy.
  • Ear Worm: "South Side," "Natural Blues" and "Dream About Me."
    • "Extreme Ways". OH BABY! OH BABY! THEN IT FELL APART! IT FELL APART!
  • Ending Fatigue: The 10-minute "Face It" from Animal Rights. Moby once said on his blog that it was his favorite song that he's ever recorded.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Depending on who you talk to, Hotel may or may not exist, and if it does usually it's just one of the two discs that exist. The majority of the Moby fanbase tends to agree that Animal Rights never happened, though.
    • Although, Moby had this to say on Animal Rights' reception: "I got one piece of fan mail from Terence Trent D'Arby and I got a phone call from Axl Rose saying he was listening to Animal Rights on repeat. Bono told me he loved Animal Rights. So if you're gonna have three pieces of fan mail, that's the fan mail to get." Suffice to say, some people love that album, and Moby has since come to grips with its bad reputation, calling it "sort of a hidden record."
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Critical reaction to 18.
  • Love It or Hate It: Both times Moby attempted to cross over to rock audiences, it hasn't worked out. The failure of Animal Rights is well-documented, of course. And while Hotel hit #1 in some European countries and went on to sell a couple million, critics absolutely loathed it, and even Moby himself was unsatisfied with how it turned out. That said, diehard Moby fans and new fans alike have found merit in the former's attempt at Darker and Edgier alt-rock, and the latter's 2000s update on the sounds of The Cure and New Order.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Moby's duet with Gwen Stefani on "South Side." Especially the chorus; let's just say Gwen was a great choice.
  • Newbie Boom: The new generation of fans that slowly made Play into a sleeper hit.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Play did exactly that for Moby.
  • Sampled Up: Do you like Alan Lomax blues recordings? You're in luck. He samples the hell out of these.
    • He can also sample just about anything and make it sound awesome.
    • One "sample" isn't even a sample at all, but is instead a full remix. In 1937, a singer named Vera Hallnote  recorded a song called "Trouble so Hard", which Moby remixed and retitled "Natural Blues" for his aforementioned Play album.
  • Signature Song: A few candidates for this one. If you're talking 90s rave-era Moby, then it's unmistakably "Go." After he radically shifted his career around the Turn of the Millennium, it's probably "Porcelain" or "Natural Blues."
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Where to begin?
    • "The Rain Falls And The Sky Shudders." It's little more than six minutes of piano mixed with rain sounds, and it's actually more relaxing than it sounds.
    • So much stuff from Play fits here.
    • "Novio," the intro to I Like To Score. More beautiful piano, plus a sample of a choir singing in Latin. It's powerful stuff.
    • The title track from 18 is so pretty and soothing, it was the intro to his live shows for a while.
    • The ambient second disc from Hotel was so much this trope that it got a standalone release in 2014.
    • "Memory Gospel", one of the Play B-sides. It's a soft track led by an enthralling ambient lead, light percussion, and female singing. Made even more powerful when it was put as background music to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Play is definitely this.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Attempted on Animal Rights. Needless to say, Moby is not that guy.
  • Vindicated by History: Animal Rights has been getting warmer reception over the years.

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