Baby Monkey

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Baby Monkey
Voodoo Child Baby Monkey album cover.jpg
Studio album by Voodoo Child
Released January 27, 2004
Recorded 2002–2003
Length 66:17
Label
Producer Moby
Voodoo Child chronology
The End of Everything
(1996)
Baby Monkey
(2004)

Baby Monkey is the third studio album by Voodoo Child, the pseudonym of American electronica musician Moby. It was released in January 2004 by record labels V2 and Mute.

Release[edit]

Baby Monkey was released on January 27, 2004 by record labels V2 and Mute. According to the album's liner notes, Moby claims that he released the album under his pseudonym so he could concentrate on the music without having to worry about promotion or record sales.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 58/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly 3/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
Mojo 3/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork 4.2/10[6]
Q 2/5 stars[7]
Spin 5/10 stars[8]
Uncut 3/5 stars[9]
URB 3/5 stars[10]

Baby Monkey has received mixed reviews from critics. Mojo wrote: "Baby Monkey has a strangely nostalgic feel – as if he's reanimated his old raver's soul, with its favourite beats and bass lines intact."[5] Uncut called it "An interesting addition to the artist's varied oeuvre."[9] Blender wrote: "As self-indulgent side projects go, this could be a whole lot worse."[2]

On the other hand, AllMusic wrote that it "Often sounds virtually identical to a generic dance record circa 1992."[1] Q wrote: "Baby Monkey has nothing of the danger, adventure or indeed chemical frisson that defined rave culture—it's just smug sonic wallpaper."[7] Spin noted: "These tracks lack the energy to power a glow stick."[8] Jonathan Zwickel of Pitchfork wrote: "There's no life breathing through these 12 flaccid tracks, each of which would've seemed regressive even in Moby's early-90s heyday—today, each is a total anachronism."[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gotta Be Loose in Your Mind" – 4:39
  2. "Minors" – 4:54
  3. "Take It Home" – 5:09
  4. "Light Is in Your Eyes" – 6:14
  5. "Electronics" – 6:24
  6. "Strings" – 6:50
  7. "Gone" – 5:14
  8. "Unh Yeah" – 4:27
  9. "Obscure" – 4:11
  10. "Last" – 3:53
  11. "Harpie" – 5:24
  12. "Synthesisers" – 9:15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Reviews for Baby Monkey by Voodoo Child – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "[Baby Monkey review]". Blender: 139. April 2004. 
  3. ^ "Baby Monkey | EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. January 26, 2004. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ Simpson, Dave (January 30, 2004). "CD: Voodoo Child, Baby Monkey | Music | The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "[Baby Monkey review]". Mojo: 104. March 2004. 
  6. ^ a b Zwickel, Jonathan (7 June 2004). "Voodoo Child: Baby Monkey". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "[Baby Monkey review]". Q: 113. March 2004. 
  8. ^ a b "[Baby Monkey review]". Spin: 96. March 2004. 
  9. ^ a b "[Baby Monkey review]". Uncut: 74. February 2004. 
  10. ^ "[Baby Monkey review]". URB: 87. May 2004.