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Ghost Canyon

Title - 'Wait For Me' (Mute)
Artist - Moby

Chilled out, and ambient best describe Moby's latest CD "Wait for me". It comprises swirling hypnotic and relaxing strings (soothing and swelling in turn), gentle beats, some instrumentals, and some vocals; a sharp contrast to its more big-diva Dance-oriented predecessor "Last night". "Pale horses" featuring some soothing female vocals repeating "Put me on a train / send me back to my home" is a perfect example.

The mood is downbeat and melancholic, with aural pieces that could act as a backdrop to some epic movie (the trio of instrumentals "Shot in the back of the head", the acoustic "Scream pilots" or "JLTF1" and "JLTF"- the latter with spare vocals - especially). In fact, the few vocals there are stand almost in the background, letting the instruments take center stage.

"Study war" features Spartan lyrics (male vocals crying for no more war) set against a cinematic backdrop. "Walk with me" sounds dirge-like, with tremulous fragmented female vocals, "Mistake" has gently stomping beats, guitars and male harmonies, while "A seated night" sounds like a visit to some ancient monastery.

Title track "Wait for me" features female vocals against cascading piano sounds, and closing cut "Isolate" is a guitar/piano instrumental with an ethereal feel (as is much of the CD really). At first listen, everything tends to sound the same, but repeated listening is required to appreciate its beauty. The album should really be listened to as one piece, much as Moby intended it to be, and I don't really see any single(s) being hits, but what do I know. [NE]