The 1999 album by Moby entitled ‘Play‘ still holds the distinction of being the only album to have every track used in a commercial somewhere around the world. He was at his pinnacle and even the follow-up ‘18‘ faired really well too. So move on 14 years and we have this new record by the multi talented artist, ‘Innocents‘, that has returned to the formula of his aforementioned works. The brooding opening instrumental, ‘Everything That Rises‘, gradually evolves and sets up the set perfectly. Again he’s employed inspirational guest vocalists on most of the tracks. Cold Specks involvement on the ballad ‘A Case of Shame‘, shows off her vocal talents perfectly. These successful same ingredients can be found later on when they’re deployed on ‘Tell Me‘.
Just add the crisp soulful voice of Damien Jurado on the laid back ‘Almost Home‘, that manages to surrender your mind to its beckoning. The latest single, ‘The Perfect Life‘ is gospel fuelled ditty, so fresh and vibrant with vocal contributions from Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips. When he sings, “I only want to be here when your by my side and oh I believe now I’ll love you until I die” and you’re in love, you can really relate to this. Whereas ‘The Last Day‘ reminds us of his former glories topped by the angelic tones of Skylar Grey. On the flip side we have ‘Don’t Love Me‘, a hard-hitting song with its industrial sounding beat and abrasive vocals, an area he knows how to work too.
The final two tracks are the real gems within the set. Mark Lanegan’s spoken vocals on ‘The Lonely Night‘ with it’s sparse arrangement gives that feeling he’s in fact all alone. This strangely mirrors me now whilst writing these words well before dawn. Weighing in at just under ten minutes is for me the best track ‘The Dogs‘ that I nominated as song of the week on ‘This Is My Jam‘ website. It starts with just a lone synthesiser and a saddened voice. It then opens up as the music drags you within all of its complexities. “This is how, how we tried, this where, where it died” words that seem to haunt you the listener, especially if you’ve lost someone dear to you. Some records are just about faultless and this is one of them, welcome back Moby and the world’s a better place with your music in it. 9/10 cool tunes.