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Description

Initial pressings included a bonus disc.

Personnel: Moby (vocals, various instruments); Laura Dawn (vocals); Scott Frassetto (drums); Shayna Steele, Brian Sperber, Jason Candler, Kurt Uenala, Orion Simprini (background vocals).

Following the runaway success of PLAY and 18, Moby takes a detour into pop/rock that leaves his signature sample-heavy electronica by the side of the road. Keyboards and drum machines are still prominent here, but they are used as background for Moby's songs, which often aim for a majestic, redemptive atmosphere. With the exception of live drums, Moby plays every instrument on the album, and sings lead on numerous tracks. Although, he's not a natural singer, Moby manages to make his half-spoken phrasing fit surprisingly well with the music, leaving the more emotive vocal tracks to Laura Dawn, as on her drowsy rendition of New Order's "Temptation."

The anthemic "Lift Me Up" and "Spiders" are prime examples of Moby's pop-savvy direction, revealing what seems like a yearning to get in touch with his inner U2 and Coldplay. On HOTEL's second disc, however, Moby returns to the ambient work that garnered him attention in the early 1990s. These wonderfully quiet and dreamy instrumental tracks make for an excellent counterbalance to the songs on the first disc, proving that Moby remains an intriguing, multifaceted artist.

What the critics say...

Rolling Stone (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[HOTEL] may be [Moby's] most personal and streamlined album yet..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[An] ultimately rewarding collection....Impeccable of influence..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Hotel Intro
  2. Raining Again
  3. Beautiful
  4. Lift Me Up
  5. Where You End
  6. Temptation
  7. Spiders
  8. Dream About Me
  9. Very
  10. I Like It
  11. Love Should
  12. Slipping Away
  13. Forever
  14. Homeward Angel
  15. untitled - (hidden track)
Release date Australia
March 10th, 2005
Artist
Label
V2 Records (USA)
Number of Discs
1
Producer
Original Release Year
2005
UPC
724387348028
Product ID
1532246

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