Rolling Stone - 5/13/99, p.80
Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone - 3/23/95, p.1254 Stars
- Excellent - "...Legitimate classical influence and a visceral Christian faith elevate [Moby's] art--but a solid grounding in house-trance-jungle grooves renders him capable of delicious sonic candy. Remarkable..."
Spin - 12/95, p.62Ranked #1
on Spin's list of the '20 Best Albums Of '95.'
Spin - 3/95, p.93
9 - Highly Recommended - "...suggests...how one-dimensional most techno-trance-jungle-ambient-progressive house albums can be. Moby's...major-label debut embraces all those sounds, plus elements of funk, punk, metal, industrial, blues, classical, New Age, and art rock..."
Entertainment Weekly - Spring 2000, p.166Ranked #5
in EW's "Top 10 albums of the '90s"
Entertainment Weekly - 12/29/95-1/5/96, pp.131-132Ranked #3
on EW's Top 10 Albums Of 1995.
Entertainment Weekly - 3/17/95, p.88
"...[Moby's major label] debut mixes ragamuffin raps, rapid-fire house beats, diva vocals, metal guitar, and angelic choirs, with gospel as the unlikely unifying thread. A glorious album that'll rock the techno skeptics..." - Rating: A
Alternative Press - 3/95, p.72
"...Ultimately, what holds the whole package together isn't a specific sound, but a feeling of sincerity..."
Musician - 4/95, p.73
"...Factor in the rich harmonies...and the lush textures...and Moby seems less a rave star than a genius who just happens to make dance music."
Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #3
in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
Personnel: Moby (classical & electric guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, electric bass, drums, congas, programming); Mylm Rose, Kochie Banton, Nicole Zaray, Rozz Morehead, Saundra Williams, Mimi Goese (vocals).
Includes liner notes by Moby.
Personnel: Moby (programming); Nicole Zaray, Mimi Goese, Rozz Morehead, Kochie Banton, Saundra Williams (vocals).
Recording information: Current Sounds, New York, NY; Moby's Studio, Newyork City, NY.
Photographer: Jill Greenberg.
Unknown Contributor Role: Moby.
At some point, every musical movement produces a work so evocative, inclusive, and challenging that it stands out as a reference for what is best in an entire musical genre. EVERYTHING IS WRONG is the WHITE ALBUM of dance music. On this album, Moby's interests in techno, ambient, punk rock, and gospel mix together in a sonic stew of epic proportions that not only holds together, but seems perfectly natural.
As such, the beautifully moody "Hymn" is followed by the diva-driven "Feeling So Real," which is followed by the techno-punk of "All That I Need is To Be Loved." These tracks flow seamlessly together without a sense that genres are even being mixed, much less jumbled. But EVERYTHING's brilliance lies not so much in Moby's eclectic taste in rhythm and melody, but in the nuances of the vocals, most of which are contributed by a variety of female singers. In particular, Moby's collaborations with singer Mimi Goese on "Into the Blue" and "When it's Cold Out I'd Like to Die" are among the most revealing and humanistic moments in Moby's career. A masterpiece.