Label: Universal Release date: 29/06/09 Website: www.moby.com Buy: Amazon Moby, once dubbed as 'king of safe music' by one of our editors has released a safe and lengthy record that traces back to the same sounds that he worked with on Play and 18. The same chill-out loops of string arrangements dominate the new album like they did with the album that gave him his greatest commercial success. As tranquil and therapeutic as it is, it makes you wonder; has the old dog run out of tricks? I don't want to tear this work down and say it lacks any intrigue or difference. Moby has in fact taken a new approach with Wait For Me; he's very much a consumerist musician, having allowed his music to be used in countless numbers of advertisements. However he has claimed that in making this new album he has been influenced by David Lynch's argument that good creativity does not conform to the marketplace. Moby himself expanded on this: "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." For this he has to be respected. After experiencing so much commercial success he has decided to abide only by his rules in making this new album, recording it in his own home with people from his neighbourhood. Whether this has changed him as a musician, I have my doubts. Wait For Me is still on a parallel with his previous mainstream albums, and works for me mainly as background music as I struggle to pay attention to most of the songs. There are certainly moments with 'Shot In The Back Of The Head' and 'Mistake' that are more exciting, but are generally outnumbered by the cliched Moby-esque sections of the album. Rating: 5/10