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  • 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.
  • 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.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (5/23/02, pp.77-78) - 3.5 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.72) - Ranked #29 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...Somber like a Sunday afternoon."

Entertainment Weekly (12/20-27/02, p.126) - Ranked #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.105) - 4 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.147-148) - 3 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..."
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