Wait for Me (Moby album)

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Wait for Me
Studio album by Moby
Released 29 June 2009
2 November 2009 (Wait for Me: Ambient)
23 November 2009 (Deluxe Edition)
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Electronica, downtempo
Length 52:06 (regular edition)
63:10 (Wait for Me: Ambient)
126:37 (Deluxe Edition)
Label Little Idiot, Mute
Producer Moby
Moby chronology
Last Night Remixed
(2008)
Wait for Me
(2009)
Wait for Me. Remixes!
(2010)
Deluxe Edition
Cover for the Deluxe Edition.
Singles from Wait for Me
  1. "Shot in the Back of the Head"
    Released: 14 April 2009 (2009-04-14)
  2. "Pale Horses"
    Released: 11 May 2009 (2009-05-11)
  3. "Mistake"
    Released: 14 September 2009 (2009-09-14)
  4. "One Time We Lived"
    Released: 8 December 2009 (2009-12-08)
  5. "Wait For Me"
    Released: 3 May 2010 (2010-05-03)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 65/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound 5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A–[4]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[5]
Paste Magazine 9.0/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 5.4/10[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[10]
Spin (7/10)[11]

Wait for Me is the ninth studio album by American electronica musician Moby, released on 29 June 2009. Moby announced the title, track listing, and release date of the album on his website on 14 April 2009.[12]

The first single from the album was "Shot in the Back of the Head". The song's accompanying music video was directed by David Lynch.[12] The videos to "Pale Horses" and "Mistake" feature the alien shown on the cover and a dog. The alien is a new design of "Little Idiot" who appeared in earlier videos (the videos for Play's "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" and "Natural Blues" are both examples) and is also the name of Moby's own label, on which the album was released.[13]

The album was re-released as a Deluxe Edition on 23 November 2009 featuring the complete Wait for Me original album, two new songs (including the brand new single "One Time We Lived"), an extra CD of ambient versions of almost all the songs, and a DVD featuring many recent live performances, an intimate EPK of the album, a section of questions and answers, and five music videos made for the album.[14]

Concept and style[edit]

Moby has stated about the recording of the album:

I recorded the album here in my studio on the lower east side (although 'studio' always seems like an overly grand word for a bunch of equipment set up in a small bedroom). In the past I've worked in large and small studios, but for this record I wanted to record everything at home by myself[12]

He has also discussed about the start of the album's recording:

I started working on the album about a year ago, and the creative impetus behind the record was hearing a David Lynch speech at BAFTA, in the UK. David was talking about creativity, and to paraphrase, about how creativity in and of itself, and without market pressures, is fine and good. It seems as if too often an artists or musicians or writers creative output is judged by how well it accommodates the marketplace, and how much market share it commands and how much money it generates. In making this record I wanted to focus on making something that I loved, without really being concerned about how it might be received by the marketplace. As a result it's a quieter and more melodic and more mournful and more personal record than some of the records I've made in the past.[12]

Moby and David Lynch discussed the recording process of the album on Lynch's online channel, David Lynch Foundation Television Beta. Lynch also directed the music video for "Shot in the Back of the Head", the first single from the album.[12]

Ken Thomas (Sigur Rós) mixed Wait for Me.[12] According to Moby, "mixing the record with him [Thomas] was really nice, as he's creatively open to trying anything". For example, Moby and Ken Thomas recorded an old broken bakelite radio through some broken old effects pedals, an unconventional technique.[citation needed]

Deluxe edition[edit]

A deluxe edition with two CDs and a DVD was released on 23 November 2009. It featured 2 bonus tracks, "One Time We Lived" and "Stay Down". It also included Moby's download only album, Wait for Me – Ambient, which was released on 2 November 2009. "One Time We Lived" was the single supporting the album.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Length
1. "Division"   1:56
2. "Pale Horses"   3:37
3. "Shot in the Back of the Head"   3:15
4. "Study War"   4:18
5. "Walk with Me"   4:01
6. "Stock Radio"   0:45
7. "Mistake"   3:47
8. "Scream Pilots"   2:48
9. "jltf-1"   1:27
10. "jltf"   4:40
11. "A Seated Night"   3:23
12. "Wait for Me"   4:13
13. "Hope Is Gone"   3:30
14. "Ghost Return"   2:38
15. "Slow Light"   4:00
16. "Isolate"   3:28
Pale Horses bonus disc
No. Title Length
1. "Pale Horses (Apparat Dub)"   3:29
2. "Pale Horses (Empyrean Dub Version)"   4:25
3. "Pale Horses (VC1 - Moby Remix)"   6:35
4. "Walk with Me (Reprise)"   3:27
Deluxe edition
Disc 1: Wait for Me
No. Title Length
1. "Division"   1:56
2. "Pale Horses"   3:37
3. "Shot in the Back of the Head"   3:15
4. "Study War"   4:18
5. "Walk with Me"   4:01
6. "Stock Radio"   0:45
7. "Mistake"   3:47
8. "Scream Pilots"   2:48
9. "jltf-1"   1:27
10. "jltf"   4:40
11. "A Seated Night"   3:23
12. "Wait for Me"   4:13
13. "Hope Is Gone"   3:30
14. "Ghost Return"   2:38
15. "Slow Light"   4:00
16. "Isolate"   3:28
17. "One Time We Lived"   4:19
18. "Stay Down"   7:02
Disc 2: Wait for Me – Ambient
No. Title Length
1. "A Seated Night"   3:56
2. "Study War"   4:30
3. "Pale Horses"   4:56
4. "Stay Down"   6:37
5. "Hope Is Gone"   3:08
6. "Wait for Me"   4:25
7. "Division"   1:38
8. "Mistake"   3:37
9. "Walk with Me"   2:58
10. "Isolate"   3:08
11. "Shot in the Back of the Head"   3:16
12. "Slow Light 1"   3:04
13. "Ghost Return"   2:34
14. "Scream Pilots"   7:49
15. "jltf3"   4:20
16. "Slow Light 2"   3:09
DVD
Live at Hurricane Festival
No. Title Length
1. "Raining Again"    
2. "Bodyrock"    
3. "Pale Horses"    
4. "Shot in the Back of the Head"    
5. "Mistake"    
Live at Sonne Mond Sterne Festival
No. Title Length
1. "We Are All Made of Stars (Trance Version)""    
2. "Feeling So Real"    
Live at Exit Festival
No. Title Length
1. "Go"    
2. "Lift Me Up"    
Live at Main Square Festival
No. Title Length
1. "Walk with Me"    
  • EPK
  • Animated Q&A
Music Videos
No. Title Length
1. "Shot in the Back of the Head (video by David Lynch)""    
2. "Pale Horses (video by Elanna Allen)""    
3. "Mistake (UFO video by Yoann Lemoine)""    
4. "Mistake (Animated Video by Robert Powers)""    
5. "Mistake (Stop Motion Animation by Katy Baugh)""    
  • Blips (animated 30-second movies made for each one of the 16 songs of the original album)

Wait for Me: Ambient[edit]

Wait for Me: Ambient
Studio album by Moby
Recorded 2 November 2009
Genre Downtempo, ambient
Label Little Idiot, Mute
Producer Moby

Wait for Me: Ambient is the album Wait for Me re-recorded by Moby in an ambient manner. It was released as a digital download on 2 November 2009. It was also included in the deluxe edition of Wait for Me.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Seated Night" – 3:56
  2. "Study War" – 4:30
  3. "Pale Horses" – 4:56
  4. "Stay Down" – 6:37
  5. "Hope Is Gone" – 3:08
  6. "Wait for Me" – 4:25
  7. "Division" – 1:38
  8. "Mistake" – 3:37
  9. "Walk with Me" – 2:58
  10. "Isolate" – 3:08
  11. "Shot in the Back of the Head" – 3:16
  12. "Slow Light 1" – 3:04
  13. "Ghost Return" – 2:34
  14. "Scream Pilots" – 7:49
  15. "jltf3" – 4:20
  16. "Slow Light 2" – 3:09

Tour[edit]

Moby toured for the album with a full band, something that occurred rarely during Moby's Last Night promotion, except for selected festival performances.[citation needed]

Moby stated in his journal entry on 25 April 2009:

The touring for the upcoming album (barring sporadic dj dates) will be with a full band and multiple vocalists, although i might incorporate some elements of the electronic/ambient show, as it enabled me to perform some songs i'd never been able to perform before (like 'God Moving Over the Face of the Waters', and other instrumental songs from the past).[citation needed]

The Wait for Me tour dates were:

Date City/Country Venue
13 June 2009 London, England Matter @ The O2
16 June 2009 London, England Royal Festival Hall
19 June 2009 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
21 June 2009 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
25 June 2009 Zagreb, Croatia IN Music Festival
27 June 2009 Athens, Greece rockwave
28 June 2009 Rabat, Malta Creamfields
1 July 2009 Paris, France La Cigale
2 July 2009 Bucharest, Romania B'Estfest
3 July 2009 Gdynia, Poland Heineken Open'er Festival
5 July 2009 Arras,France Main Square Festival
6 July 2009 Venice, Italy Padova Villa Contarini
8 July 2009 Tallinn, Estonia Õllesummer
10 July 2009 Abersoch, Wales Wakestock Festival
11 July 2009 Novi Sad, Serbia Exit Festival
12 July 2009 Zamardi, Hungary Balaton Sound
14 July 2009 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Melkweg
17 July 2009 Wiesen, Austria Nuke Festival
18 July 2009 Salacgrīva, Latvia Positivus
19 July 2009 Keramphuil, France Les Vieilles Charrues Festival
20 July 2009 Rome, Italy La luna ha 40 anni (show)
25 July 2009 Lucca, Italy Lucca Festival
27 July 2009 Monaco Sporting Club of Monaco
29 July 2009 Ibiza, Spain Space, DJ Set
31 July 2009 Kácov, Czech Republic Sázavafest
6 October 2009 México, D.F., México Cuervo Salón
8 October 2009 Guadalajara, México Teatro Diana
10 October 2009 Monterrey, México Escénica
12 October 2009 San Diego, California, USA House of Blues

Album charts[edit]

Charts (2009) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[15] 50
Austria (Ö3)[16] 15
Belgium (Flanders) (Ultratop 50)[17] 2
Belgium (Wallonia) (Ultratop)[18] 2
Canada (CANOE)[19] 17
Czech Republic (IFPI)[20] 15
Denmark (Tracklisten)[21] 35
France (SNEP)[22] 5
Mexico (AMPROFON)[23] 100
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[24] 16
New Zealand (RIANZ)[25] 40
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] 36
Switzerland (Hitparade)[27] 4
U.S. Billboard 200[19] 22

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Andy Kellman. "Wait for Me - Moby". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
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  4. ^ Robert Christgau. "CG: Moby". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  5. ^ musicOMH review
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  20. ^ "Czech album charts". IFPI Czech Republic. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
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  23. ^ "Mexican charts". mexicancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
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