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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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Moby
Wait for Me
Little Idiot/Mute

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


July 10, 2009
If Moby's 2008 effort Last Night was the nostalgic ode to the underground club scene that made him, then Wait for Me is the stark snapshot of the comedown that ensues as the dancefloor empties out. This becomes quickly apparent with "Division," a brief instrumental intro filled with soaring orchestration that's akin to welcoming the first hints of sunrise after an all-nighter.
The majestic track, reminiscent of the artist's ambient classic "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters," segues into some of Moby's most somber, yet refreshing productions in years. In particular is the leadoff single "Shot in the Back of the Head," another instrumental that not only marks an audio-visual collaboration with David Lynch but one that for whatever reason raises neck hairs with its reversed guitars, raw live drums, muted piano and string flares. But the tracks with vocals involved, prove to be just as effective as Moby surrenders the mic to relative unknowns from his New York City community, as on the drifting, beatless "Walk With Me", the pained,downtempo "Pale Horses" and the haunting title track.
While the self-proclaimed "little idiot" has yet to duplicate the success of 1999's breakthrough Play, he finally seems unburdened by the pressures brought on by the omnipresent album. Free of major label oversight, Moby's new perspective also helped him open up his home studio to producer Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Cocteau Twins), who helped tinker around and flesh Wait out. The end result is a rewarding record fraught with introspection and melancholy but also one that perhaps signifies that Moby's shaken off his early 90's sentimentality…for now. And while his insistence that Wait for Me should be listened to front-to-back can be a tall order at times, for the first time in ages, the man's demand is worth indulging.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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