Innocents by Moby

Innocents by Moby

 

Some might say that Moby has been treading water and is putting out more of the same since his 1999 blockbuster Play, and this is a false assertion. The last three albums have especially embraced a more mature, intimate sound – this artist is now aged 48 after all – and there is also a strong argument of opinion to suggest that his melodies these days are tunes of the mood setting variant that you can listen to, rather than dance to. Innocents carries forth the trend of its immediate predecessors Wait For Me and Destroyed, presenting a reasonable collection of reflective and stretched out ambient hymns, albeit with a more upbeat intent.

 

TRACKLIST:
#1. Everything that Rises 4:38
#2. A Case for Shame (with Cold Specks) 6:05
#3. Almost Home (with Damien Jurado) 6:00
#4. Going Wrong 3:44
#5. The Perfect Life (with Wayne Coyne) 6:03
#6. The Last Day (with Skylar Grey) 4:41
#7. Don’t Love Me (with Inyang Bassey) 4:20
#8. A Long TimeĀ 4:31
#9. Saints 4:34
#10. Tell Me (with Cold Specks) 5:33
#11. The Lonely Night (with Mark Lanegan) 4:53
#12. The Dogs 9:25

 

PERSONNEL:
Moby: Turntables, Keyboards, Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums

 

PRODUCER:
Richard Melville Hall
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

 

DATE OF RELEASE:
1st October, 2013

 

SINGLES:
The Lonely Night
A Case for Shame

 

From the onset, this comes off as an out and out Moby album. There are few gimmicks at something trendy like dubstep, and fewer curveballs to polarize the active fanbase for the genre, if not merely the artist itself. In fact, the only point of variance is that Moby has surrounded himself with an entire legion of talent, not the least awarding production credits to Spike Stent, a neat shift away from the heady days of earlier flashpoints in his discography.

 

Too many cooks are however not directly spoiling the broth, they’re playing it too safe on here. Naturally, the vocals are the strength of this collection of tracks, as one look at the collaborators list would testify – Cold Specks, Mark Lanegan and Skylar Grey being at the forefront. The Last Day featuring Gray is a spark of soothing flame halfway down the tracklist, and A Long Time a couple of tracks below is a fair shout as well. But that’s about all unfortunately, with the rest being rather dulcet and monotonous in comparison.

 

In other words, Innocents is hoping to pull through to reasonable levels of popularity based on the potential success of a couple of singles at best, and that’s a shame. While 2011’s Destroyed was a late-night soundtrack to urban loneliness, and predecessor Wait For Me allegedly inspired by a David Lynch speech, this follow-up is a downer in comparison. Hotel, anybody?

 

 

 

 

Responses (2)

  1. Eli Orue says:

    Yeah, like Moby makes albums to become popular and #1 hits. Dude, please.

  2. This is moby's best album since Last Night, tho it is not a dance album like Last Night was. This time with Innocents, moby decided, with producer/engineer Mark "Spike" Stent, to go the organic way with the album instead of the polished way, and this shows up in the quality of the album, particularly live. There are at least six singles here. Almost Home will be next, I 'm hoping The last Day makes it in at sixth as it is a very well crafted track. If you are going to get Innocents, get the deluxe CD version which comes with a bonus cd of ambient tracks.

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