Wait for Me (Moby album)

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Wait for Me
Wait for me album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 29, 2009 (2009-06-29)
StudioMoby's home studio (Manhattan, New York)
Moby chronology
Last Night Remixed
Wait for Me
Wait for Me: Ambient
Deluxe edition cover
Singles from Wait for Me
  1. "Shot in the Back of the Head"
    Released: April 14, 2009 (2009-04-14)
  2. "Pale Horses"
    Released: June 22, 2009 (2009-06-22)
  3. "Mistake"
    Released: September 14, 2009 (2009-09-14)
  4. "One Time We Lived"
    Released: November 15, 2009 (2009-11-15)
  5. "Wait for Me"
    Released: May 2, 2010 (2010-05-02)

Wait for Me (stylized as wait for me.) is the ninth studio album by American electronica musician Moby. It was released on June 29, 2009 by Little Idiot and Mute.


Moby began work on Wait for Me in 2008.[1] He recorded the entirety of the album in his home studio in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York, with a set-up he described as "a bunch of equipment set up in a small bedroom".[1] Discussing the start of the album's recording, Moby said:

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.[1]

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.[1]

Ken Thomas mixed Wait for Me.[1] According to Moby, "mixing the record with him 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, which became the track "Stock Radio."[1]


Moby announced the title, track listing, and release date of Wait for Me on his website on April 14, 2009.[1] The announcement was accompanied by the release of the album's first single, "Shot in the Back of the Head," and its accompanying music video, directed by David Lynch.[1] "Pale Horses" was released as the second single from Wait for Me on June 22, 2009.[2] The following week, Wait for Me was released on June 29.[1]

"Mistake" was released as the third single from Wait for Me, on September 14, 2009.[3] Music videos for "Pale Horses" and "Mistake" were also released, both featuring the alien shown on the Wait for Me cover, a new design of the character "Little Idiot," who appeared in earlier Moby videos, including "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" and "Natural Blues," and also provided the name of Moby's own label, on which the album was released.[4]

Wait for Me: Ambient, a remix album consisting of ambient versions of songs from Wait for Me, was released as a digital download on November 2, 2009. Wait for Me was re-released as a deluxe edition on November 23, 2009 featuring the complete Wait for Me original album and two new songs, Wait for Me: Ambient, and a DVD featuring several live performances, an intimate EPK of the album, a section of questions and answers, and five music videos made for the album.[5] Wait for Me. Remixes!, another remix album featuring reworkings of songs from Wait for Me by various producers, was released on May 17, 2010.

"One Time We Lived," one of the two new songs on the Wait for Me deluxe edition, was released as a single on November 15, 2009.[6]

"Wait for Me" was released as the fifth and final single from the album on May 2, 2010.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[10]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[11]
The Guardian3/5 stars[12]
The Independent3/5 stars[13]
MSN Music (Consumer Guide)A−[14]
Record Collector4/5 stars[16]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[17]
USA Today3/4 stars[19]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Wait for Me received an average score of 65 based on 26 reviews, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[9]


Moby toured for Wait for Me with a full band, the first time he had used one since 2005.[20]

In his journal entry on April 25, 2009, Moby wrote: "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)."[21]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Moby.

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"0:55
8."Scream Pilots"2:48
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
Total length:52:06
iTunes Europe edition bonus tracks
18."Pale Horses" (VC2 – Moby Remix)7:09
Total length:64:04
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
17."One Time We Lived"4:19
18."Stay Down"7:02
Total length:63:27
Limited edition bonus disc: Pale Horses EP
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
Total length:17:56
Deluxe edition bonus disc: Wait for Me: Ambient
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
9."Walk with Me"2:58
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
16."Slow Light"3:09
Total length:63:15

Deluxe edition bonus DVD[edit]

1."Raining Again" (live at Hurricane Festival)5:06
2."Bodyrock" (live at Hurricane Festival)3:30
3."Pale Horses" (live at Hurricane Festival)3:52
4."Shot in the Back of the Head" (live at Hurricane Festival)3:46
5."Mistake" (live at Hurricane Festival)3:53
6."We Are All Made of Stars" (Trance Version) (live at Sonne Mond Sterne Festival)7:43
7."Feeling So Real" (live at Sonne Mond Sterne Festival)5:13
8."Go" (live at Exit Festival)4:20
9."Lift Me Up" (live at Exit Festival)4:29
10."Walk with Me" (live at Main Square Festival)2:54
Total length:44:46
Wait for Me Blips
2."Pale Horses"0:45
3."Shot in the Back of the Head"0:45
4."Study War"0:48
5."Walk with Me"0:45
6."Stock Radio"0:53
8."Scream Pilots"0:45
11."A Seated Night"0:45
12."Wait for Me"0:45
13."Hope Is Gone"0:45
14."Ghost Return"0:45
15."Slow Light"0:45
Total length:12:11
1."Dog Interviews Little Idiot on Bug Planet"10:53
Total length:19:20
Music videos
1."Shot in the Back of the Head" (video by David Lynch)3:12
2."Pale Horses" (video by Elanna Allen)3:38
3."Mistake" (UFO video by Yoann Lemoine)3:49
4."Mistake" (animated video by Robert Powers)4:01
5."Mistake" (stop motion animation by Katy Baugh)3:51
Total length:18:31


Credits for Wait for Me adapted from album liner notes.[22]


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[23] 50
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[24] 15
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 2
Belgian Alternative Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[26] 2
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[27] 17
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[28] 15
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[29] 35
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[30] 16
French Albums (SNEP)[31] 5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[32] 18
Irish Albums (IRMA)[33] 59
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[34] 100
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[35] 40
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[36] 36
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[37] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[38] 44
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[39] 1
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[40] 6
US Billboard 200[41] 22
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[42] 8
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[43] 2


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[44] Gold 15,000*
France 44,910[45]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.


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