Rolling Stone - 5/23/02, pp.77-783.5 out of 5 stars
- "...His impolitic insistence on stroking his pop-star ambitions...has been good for his music, forcing him to master the pop virutes of melody, variety and rhythmic drive..."
Spin - 1/03, p.72Ranked #29
on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...Somber like a Sunday afternoon."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/20-27/02, p.126Ranked #8
on EW's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...The tracks that merge his trademark aural wash with sensual female R&B voices from the '60s and '70s are some of the year's most rapturous music..."
Q - 12/02, p.66
Included in Q Magazine's "The 50 Best Albums of 2002."
Q - May 2002, p.1054 out of 5 stars
- "...Its music is more sensitive, its emotions more personal and...what's on offer is a closer, more inviting experience....They're songs rather than cleverly arranged loops...technically complete and emotionally raw..."
Alternative Press - 5/02, p.77
8 out 10 - "...18 makes PLAY sound like a what-if experiment in techno blues...Everything is bluesier, achier and more awestruck....Moby's contradictions give 18 its depth and forgive the extrapolation of PLAY's blueprint..."
CMJ - 5/13/02, p.4
"...Moby the composer and musician emerges as an emotional lover of soul music and R&B....features a batch of diverse, uplifting and melancholy songs..."
Vibe - June 2002, pp.147-1483 out of 5
- "...Moby reveals a weary, wary soul on...18....setting samples of blues and gospel recordings from the '30s and '40s to a mournful, contemporary beat..."
Personnel includes: Moby (vocals, various instruments); Jennifer Price, Azure Ray, Dianne McCauley, Angie Stone, MC Lyte, Freedom Bremner, Sinead O'Connor, Shauna & Lorraine Phillips, The Shining Light Gospel Choir (vocals).
Includes liner notes by Moby.
"18" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
Personnel: Moby (vocals); The Shining Light Gospel Choir, Freedom Bremmer, Shauna, Lorraine Phillips, Dianne McCaulley, Jennifer Price , MC Lyte, Angie Stone, Sin‚ad O'Connor, Azure Ray (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Moby.
Liner Note Author: Moby.
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
Continuing to deliver the kind of soulful electronica with an ethereal sheen that made PLAY such a breakthrough album for him, Moby keeps the good vibrations going on the equally engaging follow-up 18. Having previously drawn from such disparate sources as subtle dance beats and samples of African-American spirituals, it's not surprising that this devout Christian once again looked to the church for recruits. This time around the talents of The Shining Light Gospel Choir (the revival-like "I'm Not Worried At All" and the sweeping "In My Heart") and the recently ordained Sinead O'Connor (the lush "Harbour") get tapped.
Moby avoids making 18 a strictly austere affair by throwing some beats onto the barbie in the shape of the thumping Angie Stone/M.C. Lyte collaboration "Jam For The Ladies" and the subtle cut-and-paste funk of "Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday)." Moby does a fine job manning the mike himself for the striking '80s-style electro-pop meditation "We Are All Made Of Stars" and the equally gorgeous soundscape "Signs Of Love." Ever the sonic chef, Moby has once again succeeded in whipping together a collection of songs that are the musical equivalent of comfort food.