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Moby is an ambitious man, both musically and philosophically, and that quality seeps into every aspect of Everthing Is Wrong, from the wunderkind DJing that stretches the genre limits of techno to the angry, antiestablishment manifesto on the CD sleeve. The record's opening salvo of dancey club music sets the listener up for "All That I Need Is to Be Loved," which, out of nowhere, bludgeons would-be club kids with tuneless, mad vocals and punked-out guitar solos. The same bait-and-switch formula repeats twice on the CD at almost regular intervals in the industrial shriek of "What Love" and the sudden, slow, and acoustic bent and folksy vocals of "Into the Blue." All three shifts are jarringly abrupt. However, dance-floor continuity is in Moby's blood, and he uses these songs as parts one, two, and three of the underlying rage that drives the record's concept. Without these three tracks, in fact, you'd have a moody yet convincingly cohesive danceathon, bouncing between house breakbeats ("Feeling So Real," "Bring Back My Happiness") and blissed-out trance ("God Moving Over the Face of the Waters"). Instead, Moby expresses his bewildered and desperate view of modern life by periodically yanking away the escape of blind, danceable ecstasy, using that discontinuity to express the eyes-wide-open ruminations of a furious idealist. --Matthew Cooke
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Jeremy G. Nail | Cleveland, OH | 05/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"well, the year is 2006, and the album "Everything is Wrong" came out in '95. How sad (but absolutely amazing) it took me THIS long to actually discover this album and give it a chance.
Putting all the wonderful songs aside, I would like to mention one song on this album that is absolutely incredibly breath-taking. Its not even breath-taking, you can't even breath to lose your own breath!
"When It's Cold I'd Like To Die"
This piece is just brilliant. I've listened to it non-stop today and probably tomorrow and the next day. Being an artist/actor - I have written a performance art piece to the minute I heard and in hopes of performing it and getting it out there. Its just gorgeous and I don't even think my words can explain it. I come across many songs as so, but I never ever expected this of Moby (not a bad thing) but like everyone else here, I think I can speak for everyone else here, that this really displays Moby as an artist, and an amazing one.
The ending of the song is perfect, as if the song is just a moment in time, an epiphany, and at the end - it just ALL fades away in an echo. Its as if the song will continue in its next life.
If my piece ever gets performed, i'll be glad to share it with all the fans."
Almost A Genius
Martin A Hogan | San Francisco, CA. (Hercules) | 05/14/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Moby's 1995 contribution to the world is a mixed bag of delights and mystery. "Hymn" introduces one to this collection with an almost hyper piano melody on steroids. It certainly fits into the `hymn' or a `song of praise' category, but feels repetitious despite its pleasant feel. Then the listener is attacked with nasty punk grunge-like selections of songs like, "Feeling So Real", "All That I Need Is To Be Loved" and "What Love". To be fair, these are perfectly good punk rockers. "Let's Go Free" and "Bring Back My Happiness" are probably the most confusing techno-pop I've heard in a long time. They seem like experiments rather than songs. And just when you think all is starting to fall away, the listener is treated to mellow melodic trance-inducing mood songs like, "First Cool Jive", "Into The Blue and the truly original "God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters".
While Moby could never be fit into any one specific category other than "maybe" techno-pop, his creations are always wildly imaginative. This collection is a keeper simply for so many of its unique creations on so many different levels. Moby also always keeps you guessing, as in the instance of the title track, "Everything Is Wrong" which seems so very ordinary, plodding and slow. But then he finishes the album with one of his most beautiful songs ever. "When It's Cold I'd Like To Die" is an amazing, romantic piece of music with instrumentals that flow through you like calming waves and a vocal that rivals Annie Lennox. This song is alone worth the ownership of this album. Moby can be a genius when he wants to be.