Album Review: Moby – Innocents

Moby is one of the most important and iconic electronic artists of all time. Ever since Go became a UK top hit in 1991, he been consistently experimental, pushing the what-was-then underground sounds of techno and electronica into the limelight we see it in today. He has periodically taken time away from his music career to focus on religious, vegan, and environmental activism. Thankfully, he has not taken leave in 2013. He is back in force.

His last two full length albums Wait For Me and Destroyed left me longing for the classic Moby sound of the late ’90s/early 2000’s. They didn’t have the sparkle past recordings received from guest vocalists including Gwen StefaniWendy Starland, and many others. Innocents is the album I have been waiting for. Maybe it is because it features no less than six amazing guest artists, including Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age), and Skylar Grey (featured in a long list of HUGE hit singles, including her own), but it’s not.

Key Tracks: The Last Day,” “Don’t Love Me,” and “Saints”


Innocents veers away from Moby’s romance with hardcore ambient music and back to the semi-pop aesthetic that you get from past albums like Play and 18, both of which were multi-platinum. I mean, Extreme Ways was the featured song on the first three Borne Identity movies! This album is packed full of downtempo bluesy instrumentals, showcasing not just Moby’s unparalleled collection of vintage synths and drum machines, but some of the most wispy and soulful vocalists in the industry. “The Last Day” is the perfectly encompasses the mantra of the album: “you only just discovered the sun.”

– Joseph Noga
Account Executive, Education | FirstCom Music

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