Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt

Moby - Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #581 / 850
User Score
Based on 99 ratings
2018 Ratings: #670
March 2, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mute / Label
Downtempo / Genres
www.moby.com / Website
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Despite the overwhelming melancholy that drenches the album, it remains a gorgeous collection that is mostly indebted to trip-hop and his pre-millennial output, with a few nods to the quieter moments on 2013's Innocents.

The Telegraph
Despite its relentlessly downbeat content ... Moby’s music is just too satisfying to be depressing.
This is one of Moby’s most cohesive efforts, so if you don’t dig this side of his musical output or look for a wild diversity, you’d be a bit disappointed. Other than this, the record flows surprisingly nice, unveiling a lot of strong material.

With this widescreen delivery Moby has made an album at once more profound and more substantial than anything we have heard from him in a long time, and certainly more personally meaningful than Play.


Moby captures a mood that is utterly appropriate for early 2018, a mood for late winter, a mood for, say, the near-hopeless first half of The Handmaid's Tale. It is the despondent calm in advance of the determined storm. It is the best thing Moby has done in a long time.

Under The Radar

This is going to be the background music of every independently owned Vegan restaurant in the world before summer, but Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt deserves better than that. Fifteen albums in, Moby still delivers the goods.

Northern Transmissions
As he really captures a lot of what made his early work turn heads on this record, it’s refreshing to hear him fusing genres like never before. Though some songs don’t shine nearly as brightly as others, the few that hit the mark remind you why Moby is still held in such high regard.
Spectrum Culture

Much like Kurt Vonnegut, from whose work he borrows the title of his fifteenth album, Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt, Moby now looks for transcendence amid the chaos and pain inherent to the human condition, using melancholic subject matter to create one of his most mellifluous albums in years.

Rolling Stone

Lush and haunting, Everything applies the Moby ideal of soulful vocals and big beats to the not-all-that-farfetched idea of a post-apocalyptic landscape, its slow-burn compositions meticulously echoing the dread and despair that results from being human, with dub beats and Yeats lyrics serving as reminders of pre-Big One existence.

Consequence of Sound

Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt is a bitter pill to swallow, but Moby deserves respect for not shying away from the conflicting emotions that he’s been feeling inside ever since the events of November 2016. That he’s turning them into a rapturous piece of art like this instead of venting his spleen in the echo chamber of social media is worthy of praise and attention. Just do yourself the favor of taking this album in moderation.

The Independent
With his latest release, Moby is back in his trip-hop comfort zone and looking inwards, and for the most part it suits him.
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Despite a few successful ambient parts Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt is a repetitive slug which doesn't boast any interesting material, It's acceptable background music but Moby is a shadow of his former self at this point
Even Moby‘s new album is not stunning enough to stand out among various well-produced albums, this one is still my favorite album in the last 3 months which I’ve been shuffling most. It builds an ominous and dystopian atmosphere with the bend of low bass-line, conspicuous melodies and melancholic piano playing, covering the whole album with grey and gloomy colour. Like the opening track “Mere Anarchy”, it reveals the dystopian process and despair with the deep yet ... read more
Moby se redime de sus últimos trabajos, haciendo de este una pieza clave de su discografia, una exquisita mezcla de Trip Hop/Downtempo/Ambient/Electrónica bastante peculiar en la que Moby junto a voces femeninas nos llevan a un vació de oscuridad y depresión en la cual llega a ser tan buena que no se hace monótono.
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Track List

  1. Mere Anarchy
  2. The Waste of Suns
  3. Like a Motherless Child
  4. The Last of Goodbyes
  5. The Ceremony of Innocence
  6. The Tired and the Hurt
  7. Welcome to Hard Times
  8. The Sorrow Tree
  9. Falling Rain and Light
  10. The Middle Is Gone
  11. This Wild Darkness
  12. A Dark Cloud Is Coming

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Added on: December 11, 2017