July 23, 2009

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Moby, Wait for Me
Mute Records, June 30

Often the recipient of angry smites from folks keen on hearing something more important than sampled trinkets for use in TV commercials, Moby has once again misplayed an opportunity to placate the haters. Of course, the same people dissing his sample-o-matic ways are the same ones who seemed to be able to live through Play just fine, so really the bottom line reads something about how if you’re a Moby completist, you know, get this.

For everyone else, pick the one or two workable songs shipping with this one (the Massive Attack-sounding downer “Pale Horses” and the Pavement-ish “Mistake”), and move on with your life. “Study War” trots out the same broke-buck Baptist reading as Play’s “Honey” only this time as a set of loops from the pulpit (it might be Jeremiah Wright but I can’t be arsed to do the Google work), and with that we’re on to the rest of this 100-proof gin I.V. shoved into our ears, a cockamamie clutch of astoundingly depressing soundtrack-ready loops inspired by disgusting lunatic David Lynch. Music to re-live your mom’s funeral by. C-EWS