Moby is probably more well known to the casual listener
than most know. Many of his tracks, from underground favorite
albums, have found a more popular life in the 30 seconds available
in commercials. While his brand of laid-back techno can lends
itself to the short attention span of mass market media, the
full body of his work is even better.
Play instantly comes across as more relaxed
and calmer than some of Moby's musical counterparts
(such as Fatboy Slim and Roni Size). Where most
techno artists will his you with heavy-end, thumping bass
lines and high-speed drum loops, Moby rolls through
his tracks with smart vocal tracks and samples and a firm
understanding of how music sounds well when composed together
Play is easily more accessible to those who
usually don't listen to this type of genre. His entwining
of various music forms (piano, horns, vocals, etc.) gives
a strong variety that makes each track different. Both Why
Does My Heart Feel So Bad? and Natural Blues show
great influence from blues music, while Porcelain uses
a great piano track as the backbone of it's flow. Both Body
Rock and Machete are strong in their rock influence.
This wide range of musical styles an influence helps greatly
to break up the flow of the album.
Unlike some techno artists, Moby provides a vocal
presence that doesn't interfere with the music, but helps
in adding the strength of the material. Play is a good
album that the casual listener will enjoy. Even dedicated
techno and dance fans should give this a listen to just for
the change of pace.