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Moby - Wait For Me

2009-09-18 13:17
Wait For Me
Moby's watered-down electro mood pieces were omnipresent throughout the late 90s, as welcome in trendy chillout lounges as they were in angst-ridden teenage bedrooms. He was probably something of a curiosity back then, downbeat techno music that was also vulnerable and sophisticated – and he wasn't afraid to sing his own songs, even though he clearly didn’t have the pipes to even whisper his way through them.

Wait for Me finds Moby in more of a contemplative frame of mind than ever before – and finds he doesn't need much in the way of lyrics to convey this. In fact, much of Wait for Me sounds like a score to a movie playing in his head – in which he plays the disillusioned hero who has been through the wars and is looking for new purpose. Much of the album is awash in grand orchestral manouevres – opening track "Division" sounds like the music that would play during a particularly emotional sex scene on a soppy chick flick. And isn’t tearful sex precisely the type of thing you'd associate with Moby?

"Shot in the Back of the Head" is the standout – an instrumental piece of indie ennui that owes as much to French electro band M83 as it does the 80s new wave. It's dark and brooding and, like so much of this album, would not be out of place on a film score. That David Lynch is behind the SketchPad video only seems fitting.

Moby puts his voice into just one track "Mistake", sounding like a man on the verge, and resigned to his fate. "Scream Pilots" is a short little Explosions in the Sky rip-off that doesn't go anywhere. But Moby certainly has a way with textures and dimensions, just don't expect to find anything on this album you could dance to. Wait For Me makes for curious mood music: uncompelling, but rather pretty in its misery.

"Shot in the Back of the Head" video - animated and directed by David "Twin Peaks" Lynch.

The little bald vegan who, at one point, was the bane of Eminem's existence has been suspiciously quiet for the last few years. While you'd be forgiven for assuming that he's been spending his time plastering his walls with the endless number of hundred dollar bills he made after selling out his entire Play album to corporations to do with as they please, he's actually released three more albums since. But it' been a hard road for him since.

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