This week I’m listening to Moby’s latest CD album, Hotel. Unlike his last two albums (Play and 18 there is nary a sample in this album. This one (actually a two-disk set) does not have the originality of Play. The first disk of this set is the album itself; the second disk is called “ambient” and is a sort of “midnight in the heart of space” filler music that fades into the background. For me, the most effective tracks on the album go back to Moby’s techno roots (for example, “Lift Me Up” and “Very”). My complaint is that these songs are of standard pop song length, but are crying out for the remix length of 6 or 8 or 10 minutes–the 3 1/2 minutes is not long enough for them to develop. I’m guessing that there are probably already mixes out there, maybe even some of them authorized by Moby.
But….. I am a 52-year-old church musician; what do I know about this sort of thing? Like pornography, I may not know much about it, but I know what I like.