Moby
Wait for Me


4.0
excellent

Review

by PointDemo USER (3 Reviews)
July 4th, 2009 | 21 replies | 9,424 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Moby makes a record for Moby; wearing a frown, but in triumph.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Passing the 40 year mark, Richard Melville Hall keeps his head in the game. The man knows how to change with the rapid rate of sound and music development - a smart thing to keep ontop of if Hall wants to continue his run as an impeccable electronica icon.

This is Moby inspired and focused, and we have director David Lynch to thank for it. Ever since Lynch's passionate speech about creativity existing beautifully apart from market pressures, our melancholy monk was rubbing sticks together to ignite Wait For Me. It's a collection of truly personal and truly beautiful songs, thankfully dropping the charade of trying to impress everyone but himself. Chalk this newly installed motivation up alongside the album being mixed by Sigur Rós' Ken Thomas, and you get Mr. Hall's finest album since Play.

Consistent through the entire album, Wait For Me brings you to its own planet with a windy breath and stable core. You see the planet's first glow of innocent life in "Pale Horses". With help from singer Amelia Zirin Brown, the eerie track lights the way of the album:
"Put me by the window, let me see outside
Looking at the places where all my family died."

You will find her voice works in getting across the sadder, more delicate songs such as the enchanting pieces "jltf" or "Walk With Me" . If you were a big fan of Play, check out the latter as it has the same characteristics with his added 'spacey' sound.
There's no better time than now to look at Moby's description for his work of art: "I wanted to make something that a 26 year-old woman, in her apartment, depressed can relate to." Well, I'm not a 26 year-old woman, but even I, being a man among men, was challenged to keep my eyes dry throughout the record.

The limitless acceptance and openness of mixer Ken Thomas flows more than nicely alongside Moby's expanding creativity. It gives the artist room to make quality tracks while fooling around here and there, like in "Stock Radio" where Moby records a broken old bakelit radio through broken effect pedals for about a minute. You know, just for fun. The real quality comes in with the depressingly solid, first Moby-sung song on the album, "Mistake". Such simple lyrics muttered with true desperation: "Don’t let me make the same mistake again".

Moby's style has always been the bob and weave kind. He'll place instrumental tracks in just the right spots among songs with great vocals and songs that only supply one beat - one looping melody - one spoken sentence. It's worked in his past (hence, electronica), why try and fix what's not broken? A spot-on example of said instrumental is "Scream Pilots" that I can't help but feel arrives at the perfect time.

Wait For Me has all the ingredients it needs to make an electrically emotional record. The voices that participate effectively moan meaningful yet plain lyrics that are threaded through uncomplicated instrumental tracks like "Ghost Return" and the positive, relaxed sounding "Slow Light". Inspired and personal is the field in where Moby confirmedly shines. Like it's album cover, Wait For Me leaves you feeling as if you were abandoned on an isolated planet. In this case, however, you'd be totally cool with it.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Titan50
July 4th 2009



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Amazing review, although it doesn't seem like a 4.

Might get this, the only Moby album I've got is Play, which is an amazing record

PointDemo
July 4th 2009



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I honestly didn't expect it to be as good as it is, but if you're a fan of Moby or artists like him, you can just feel that this album is him in his bare form. And that's a grand ol' thing

Goule
July 4th 2009



6 Comments


Holy freedom fries! Must get this!

MassiveAttack
July 4th 2009



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Guess I don't need to do this review, well done!

bloc
July 4th 2009



34500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sonofagun, didn't know he had a new one out. funny, i bought 18 and Play by accident, turned out to be very good albums, both of them.

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

Waior
July 4th 2009



11421 Comments


Solid review, piqued my interest.

AtavanHalen
July 4th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Awesome stuff; welcome to the site. Play is one of my favourite records.

PointDemo
July 5th 2009



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah thanks for all the feedback, men. glad to be of service

PuddleSwimmer
July 6th 2009



1457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pale Horses and Mistake are rllllllllly good

Mikesn
Emeritus
July 13th 2009



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't liked anything he's done since Play, save for a few songs, but this is pretty good

MassiveAttack
October 3rd 2009



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is better then Last Night. Happy.

ikarus
May 3rd 2010



559 Comments


theres something good about this album i cant put my finger on

thatoneguy726
July 26th 2010



1627 Comments


My friend just gave me the remixed version of this album. I don't think I'd be hurting his feelings by returning it for $14 store credit because he just bought it on a whim. He's never heard of this band and neither have I. Pretty sure I can't return it if it's opened. What do I do?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2010



30319 Comments


try yahoo answers.com

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

thatoneguy726
July 26th 2010



1627 Comments


gee thanks. maybe if i'm lucky i could end up on that fail site

AtavanHalen
July 26th 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

He's never heard of this band and neither have I.


Where the hell are you from?

thatoneguy726
July 27th 2010



1627 Comments


Orem, Utah! Ok I think I've heard OF, but never knowingly heard a song.

AtavanHalen
July 27th 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I find that insane. Even people who hate Moby know who he is.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2010



30319 Comments


Even if it was because of Eminem

bloc
July 27th 2010



34500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

He's a bit weird, but he makes good songs. Play and 18 are really great.



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