Moby - Wait For Me
Ah, Moby. After a few stinker albums he's become music's forgotten vegan. Well he's coming back with his new album Wait For Me.
Like any Moby album Wait For Me is artificially fattened up with ambient instrumental tracks. In this case, fully half of them are completely instrumental while a handful of others, such as "A Seated Night", feature choral vocals but no distinguishable lyrics.
None of that is particularly surprising. What is surprising is that this time out the instrumental tracks as a whole tend to be the highlights of the album rather than serving as mood setting interludes. That's more a comment on the quality of the vocal songs rather than praise for the instrumentals. That being said, with the exception of the droning "Stock Radio", none of the instrumentals are offensive to the ears.
The vocal tracks aren't offensive to the ears either, if you can stay awake long enough to listen to them. The lead off single "Pale Horses" features a soulful voice, but a listless musical track. "Study War" boasts a grating preacher sermon, while "Walk With Me" simply goes nowhere. The title track sounds like an LP that's skipping as the same monotonous line is repeated ad nauseum.
There are a couple of tracks worth noting. "Mistake" is a bit of a departure for Moby. The track sounds like it could almost be performed by Lou Reed. The oddly titled "jltf" features the loveliest vocal on the album.
Overall Wait For Me is a bloated affair with an energy level that's rapidly approaching zero. While it is superior to Moby's recent offerings, that isn't reason enough to run out and buy it.
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on 2009-08-10 hstisgod Said:
lol, I couldnt even believe we reviewed this at first. But its a classic last nail in the coffin lol