ALBUM REVIEW - INNOCENTS BY MOBY
Downtempo, soulful electronic
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 14:10
Electronic music pioneer Moby released his 11th full-length album Innocents to a fair amount of hype earlier this month.
While it may not be his best work, it represents a drastic departure from the style of his last few albums and certainly merits a listen from any fan of the genre.
One thing fans of Moby’s work will notice immediately is the sense of sadness pervading the album.
Innocents brings the focus away from the disco-inspired beats he normally exhibits, and spends more time highlighting Moby’s well-crafted instrumentation and vocal performances of his many guest singers.
The closest analogues I can draw to his previous work are “Everloving” and “Sunday” from his most famous album, Play. The tempo is lower, and every song seems to reinforce the album’s melancholy tone.
Since the release of Play in 1999, many music aficionados have criticized Moby for trying only to recapture the elements that made it great, namely the mixture of pop, soul and electronic that garnered him so much praise.
Innocents represents a grand departure for the 47-year-old disc jockey, and he has expressed the fact that Innocents was the album he always wanted to make.
“My goal as a musician is to make music that, when I listen to it, affects me emotionally,” said Moby in an interview with Time Magazine, “the only pressure I felt was trying to make something I liked.”
I personally recommend track five, “The Perfect Life” as a jumping-off point for the album. It features Moby’s signature percussion behind a pop-rock melody and Wayne Coyne’s excellent vocal performance and serves as an excellent bridge between Moby’s previous work and the rest of the album.
Another track to try would be track 11, “The Lonely Night,” which showcases the introspective gloom of the album, as well as Mark Lanegan’s haunting vocals, which was my favorite guest appearance in Innocents.
Overall, Innocents is a well-produced album from one of the greats of electronic music. Personally, I think it’s the best album released by Moby in quite a while, and I’ve found myself listening to it frequently as I study.
If you’re in the market for some down tempo electronic music, Innocents comes highly recommended from me.
I give Moby’s Innocents a nine out of 10.