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Ethereal, But Not Terribly Inventive
am 16. Juli 2009
Moby has never been afraid to experiment, so this latest offering promised a more mellow Moby sound. The opening song, "Division" is very pleasant, with ethereal mood music while "jltf-1" is light and monotonous. However, ""jltf" redeems "jltf-1" with a nice vocal by Melody Zimmer. The album jumps around from a few good tracks to bland monotonous noise like, "Pale Horses" and "Stock Radio" which is nothing more than 55 seconds of `noise'. The album is at the most, uneven, even if most of the songs are of a lower key than previous albums.
That's not to say all is boring about "Wait For Me". "Shot In The Back of the Head" is an ethereal mind trip that is almost hypnotic. The title track, "Wait For Me" is a nice solid song with great heartfelt lyrics from Kelli Scarr. "A Seated Night" is one of the more inventive keyboard pieces with a bluesy scatting by Starr Blackshere, but the other male vocalist (not noted in the booklet) is distracting with his repetitive southern-style preaching. But not all is lost here. "Mistake" and "Scream Pilots" are good pop rock songs that are solidified with a solid drumbeat and nice guitar work. The album closes with "Isolate" which uses a myriad of instruments to induce a pleasant plaintive song.
Unfortunately, there are no songs like, "When Its Cold Out I'd Like To Die" or "Porcelain", but about a third of the album is worth a listen. Unfortunately, this could have been a great album for Moby if he experimented a bit more with the ethereal keyboards range that are so prominent here. It's not great or terrible in any sense. There are just too many songs that have the same backing electronic keyboards with little variation. Hang in there. Moby will surprise us next time.