Everything Is Wrong (album)

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Everything is Wrong
EverythingIsWrongMoby.jpg
Studio album by Moby
Released March 14, 1995
Recorded 1994
Studio Moby's home studio (Manhattan, New York)
Genre Electronica[1]
Length 46:49 (Everything Is Wrong), 43:07 (Underwater)
Label
Producer Moby
Moby chronology
Ambient
(1993)Ambient1993
Everything is Wrong
(1995)
Animal Rights
(1996)Animal Rights1996
Singles from Everything Is Wrong
  1. "Hymn"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Feeling So Real"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Everytime You Touch Me"
    Released: February 1995
  4. "Into the Blue"
    Released: June 1995
  5. "Bring Back My Happiness"
    Released: February 1996

Everything Is Wrong is the third studio album by American electronica musician Moby, released on March 14, 1995 by record labels Mute in the United Kingdom and Elektra in the United States. It was released with a limited-edition bonus disc of ambient music titled Underwater.

Background[edit]

Following the release of two albums, Moby and Ambient, on Instinct, Moby signed to Mute and Elektra and began work on what he felt was his first "legitimate" album, seeking to create a record that encompassed his various musical influences.[2][3] Moby has described Everything Is Wrong as "a record that almost served as a lifeboat for the songs I cared the most about",[3] noting that he attempted to cover as many musical styles as possible not "out of trying to be eclectic, but just because I was in love with all of these genres and I felt like this may be my only chance to make a record."[2]

Moby recorded and mixed the album himself in his apartment on Mott Street in Manhattan, New York, using inexpensive recording equipment.[4] Everything Is Wrong features guest vocal contributions from Rozz Morehead, whom Moby had met while performing on the British television program Top of the Pops, and Mimi Goese, whose work with the band Hugo Largo he admired, and who he later found out lived just a block away from him.[3]

Content[edit]

Moby titled the album Everything Is Wrong and wrote its extensive accompanying liner notes as a means of expressing some ideas that he felt were important to him, later reflecting, "At the time, I was — and am still — a vegan and an animal rights activist, really militant in all my beliefs. So I would wake up really angry every day, and sleep angry every night because I thought the world was in terrible shape, and I thought, 'What small thing can I do to express my beliefs that the world is in such terrible shape?' And that’s where the title of the album came from."[3] Inside the album's booklet, Moby provides two personal essays, quotes from notable figures (from Albert Einstein to St. Francis of Assisi), and facts that he has collected (e.g. regarding animal experiments).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 4/4 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly A−[6]
The Guardian 4/4 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[8]
Q 3/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[11]
Spin 9/10[12]
The Village Voice A−[13]

Everything Is Wrong was released to positive reviews from music critics.[4] Spin's Barry Walters praised its diverse range of musical styles compared to most other "one-dimensional" electronic albums and dubbed it "a hugely passionate album held together by its intensity".[12] Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune felt that Moby "explodes the boundaries of the genre" with an album "as moving as it is adventurous",[5] while Lorraine Ali of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Everything Is Wrong "swoops from agony to ecstasy, leaping from the glittery heights of disco divadom to the rampaging ugliness of speed-metal to the refined feel of classical—while always remaining consistently Moby."[8] In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau remarked: "Where in concert he subsumes rockist guitar and classical pretensions in grand, joyous rhythmic release, on album his distant dreams remain tangents."[13] Everything Is Wrong was voted the third best album of 1995 in The Village Voice's year-end Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Moby, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Hymn" 3:17
2. "Feeling So Real" 3:21
3. "All That I Need Is to Be Loved" 2:45
4. "Let's Go Free" 0:38
5. "Everytime You Touch Me" 3:41
6. "Bring Back My Happiness" 3:12
7. "What Love?" 2:48
8. "First Cool Hive" 5:17
9. "Into the Blue" (Moby, Mimi Goese) 5:33
10. "Anthem" 3:27
11. "Everything Is Wrong" 1:14
12. "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" 7:21
13. "When It's Cold I'd Like to Die" (Moby, Goese) 4:13
Bonus disc: Underwater
No. Title Length
1. "Underwater (Part 1)" 5:14
2. "Underwater (Part 2)" 5:43
3. "Underwater (Part 3)" 7:23
4. "Underwater (Part 4)" 8:02
5. "Underwater (Part 5)" 16:45

Remix album[edit]

Everything Is Wrong
EverythingIsWrong-TheDJMixAlbum.jpg
Remix album by Moby
Released January 15, 1996 (1996-01-15)
Genre Electronica
Label Mute
Moby chronology
Disk
(1995)Disk1995
Everything Is Wrong
(1996)
Rare: The Collected B-Sides 1989–1993
(1996)Rare: The Collected B-Sides 1989–19931996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[15]
NME 8/10[16]

A remix album of the same title was released in January 1996 by record label Mute. Mixed by Moby from the various remixes that were commissioned by Mute Records, the album was a two-disc set. The first disc was titled Hard Techno, Joyous Anthems & Quiet Ambiance while the second was New York Hard House, Groovy Acid & Melodic Trance.

Track listing[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Moby – main performer, programming, production, engineering
  • Rozz Morehead – vocals on "Feeling So Real" and "Everytime You Touch Me"
  • Nicole Zaray – vocals on "Feeling So Real"
  • Kochie Banton – vocals on "Feeling So Real" and "Everytime You Touch Me"
  • Mimi Goese – lyrics and vocals on "Into the Blue" and "When It's Cold I'd Like to Die"
  • Saundra Williams – vocals on "Bring Back My Happiness"
  • Jill Greenberg – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 43
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 40
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 69
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 21
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[21] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Everything Is Wrong – Moby". AllMusic. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Lindsay, Cam (June 16, 2016). "Rank Your Records: Moby Spontaneously Ranks His Nine Records". Vice. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Unterberger, Andrew (April 9, 2015). "SPIN 30: Moby Recalls His ‘Everything Is Wrong’ Phase". Spin. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Geffen, Sasha (March 14, 2015). "Time Is Weird: Moby On the 20th Anniversary of Everything Is Wrong". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Kot, Greg (March 30, 1995). "No Boundaries". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (March 17, 1995). "Everything Is Wrong". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Smith, Andrew (March 17, 1995). "Moby: Everything Is Wrong (Mute)". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ a b Ali, Lorraine (March 12, 1995). "Moby, 'Everything Is Wrong' (Elektra)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ Howe, Rupert (June 2016). "Moby: Everything Is Wrong". Q (361): 120. 
  10. ^ "Moby: Everything Is Wrong". Rolling Stone (704): 125. March 23, 1995. 
  11. ^ Berger, Arion (2004). "Moby". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 548–49. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  12. ^ a b Walters, Barry (March 1995). "Moby: Everything Is Wrong". Spin. 10 (12): 93. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (June 6, 1995). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ "The 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. February 20, 1996. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  15. ^ Cooper, William. "Everything Is Wrong: The DJ Mix Album – Moby". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  16. ^ Ramshaw, Mark (January 13, 1996). "Moby – Everything Is Wrong". NME. Archived from the original on October 13, 2000. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Moby – Everything Is Wrong" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  18. ^ "Moby: Everything Is Wrong" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  19. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  20. ^ "Moby | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  21. ^ "Everything Is Wrong – Moby > Charts & Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on February 4, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016.