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I don't get these reviews.

The name of the album is Hotel : Ambient. It's clearly ambient music. I don't know what's so hard to understand about this.

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.

Love it

I was one of the few who has owned this on CD since 2005. Great music, most of which doubles as the soundtrack to the movie, "Southland Tales."


Born: September 11, 1965 in New York, NY [Harlem]

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Moby was one of the most controversial figures in techno music, alternately praised for bringing a face to the notoriously anonymous electronic genre and scorned by hordes of techno artists and fans for diluting and trivializing the form. In either case, Moby was one of the most important dance music figures of the early '90s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience both in England and in America. Moby fused rapid disco beats with heavy distorted guitars, punk rhythms, and detailed productions...
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