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Innocents (Deluxe)

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Moby is one of the most innovative and individual forces in electronic and popular music today. He has sold over 20 million albums, headlined Glastonbury, and is back with arguably one of the best albums of his career, Innocents. Moby chose to make this record with a stellar cast. For the first time in his career he worked with an outside producer, friend Mark Spike Stent, whose résumé includes Madonna, U2, Muse, Björk, and Massive Attack. The list of eminent collaborators on Innocents includes Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips), alt-rock legend Mark Lanegan, Cold Specks, Skylar Grey best known for co-writing and performing on Eminem and Rihanna s Love The Way You Lie; indie-folk singer Damien Jurado, and Inyang Bassey who was the vocalist on The Right Thing from Destroyed. He has named them the Innocents.

Deluxe edition is a 2CD Media Book with bonus disc containing 6 extra tracks and a 20 pg booklet

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Everything That Rises
  2. A Case For Shame (with Cold Specks)
  3. Almost Home (with Damien Jurado)
  4. Going Wrong
  5. The Perfect Life (with Wayne Coyne)
  6. The Last Day (with Skylar Grey)
  7. Don't Love Me (with Inyang Bassey)
  8. A Long Time
  9. Saints
  10. Tell Me (with Cold Specks)
  11. The Lonely Night (with Mark Lanegan)
  12. The Dogs

Disc: 2

  1. I Tried
  2. Illot Motto
  3. Miss Lantern
  4. Blindness
  5. Everyone Is Gone
  6. My Machines


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mute (Universal)
  • ASIN: B00DQBWM10
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By The Guardian TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 30, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Moby's `Innocents' is in the same general groove as its immediate predecessors `Wait for Me' and `Destroyed', in that many of the numbers are stretched out, reflective, even ambient rather than party-danceable, though overall this collection is rather more upbeat. The arrangements are for the most part thoughtful & interesting if not exactly mold-breaking, and we are offered the distinctive-trademark Moby soundscape with top-class production values - for the first time not overseen by Moby himself, but here delegated to Mark Stent.

The vocals are the strength of this collection, featuring an impressive list of collaborators: Cold Specks aka Al Spx, Mark Lanegan, Skylar Grey, Inyang Bassey, Damien Jurado and Wayne Coyne.

Two of the standout tracks are the anthem-like `Almost Home' featuring Damien Jurado and the superb `The Perfect Life' with Wayne Coyne and a gospel choir, possibly the high point of this collection and destined surely to be a perennial stage-show favorite. There are no fillers, and even the instrumentals are good.

Some no doubt will say that Moby is treading water, that he has never trumped his 1999 breakthrough `Play' and continues to offer more of the same. This is not really true: the past three albums in particular have embraced a more mature, intimate sound (this artist after all is now 48), mood-setting music which you can actually listen to rather than dance to. It's been said that Moby "makes forlorn melody better than anyone"; `Innocents' may turn out to be a career highlight of this interesting and original artist.
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I have purchased every single one of Moby's regular albums and many of his collections, B-sides, ambient and remix albums. All told, I bet I have at least 25 "discs" worth of his music, and Innocents would easily rank in the top three, along with Play and 18. What we have here are some absolutely classic songs that demand to be played loud, interspersed with some rich, moving instrumentals. I'm too lazy to go through the album track by track, so suffice it to say that if you like Moby, you will love this album. Enough said.
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Easily Moby's best effort since the novelty of Play. I just can't get over how outstanding these 12 tracks are. I haven't even gotten to the bonus EP yet. The production is out of this world. I think Moby did this body of work a huge favor by enlisting Spike Stent. Seriously, nearly every track blows me away. Its a much tighter and well crafted album than Wait For Me or Destroyed. If you've forgotten about Moby or wished he would go back to his earlier style, pick this up immediately. One of the best album this year. Its just unbelievably moving and outstanding. Impossible not to love this record if you are a fan of Moby.
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I love Moby. If you've heard much from his last few albums, than you know that Moby has a recognizable signature sound that falls somewhere between chill house, trance and ambient. Some find Moby's use of LOTS of repetition in his music either boring or annoying, but I find comfort in it. In my head, nice, predictable patterns are good. They're quieter than everything else; they block out some of the chaos.
This album is no deviation for Moby from his tried-and-true method, and so, many fans will rejoice and many not-so-fans will groan. You either like Moby's sound or you don't. I do, and for me especially, it's nice to listen to an album for the first time and feel like I've heard it before, because even though it's new, I still get that comfortable feeling. If you want a continuation from Destroyed and Wait For Me, than you will be happy with Innocents.
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I've listened to Moby since the mid-90s and I have all of his albums. Some of my all-time favorites are "Move," "Feeling So Real," "Why Does My Heart..," "Bodyrock" and more recently "Very."

I do agree that some of the music here sounds too Moby-ish. You know the routine: Ambient/pianoish intro & numerous guest singers/samples who have a soul/gospel feel.

However, there are songs that still give me the vibe that brought me into the Moby camp from the onset. "Almost Home" has that anthem feel that makes me drop what I'm doing and listen...feeling great while it caresses my ears. "The Perfect Life" is another song that feels familiar, but it makes my spine tingle.

If you've appreciated Moby and most of his older stuff, you will get this no matter whatever anyone says. Just know that he's still way better than many other artists out there, both new and old, and this album still shines bright as 4 stars can!
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By CS on October 6, 2013
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Like alot of us out there, I've been a huge fan of Moby ever since Play. I've purchased every major album since (18, Hotel, Last night, Wait For Me, Destroyed) as well as other albums released "pre-Play" I have to admit, Innocents may be among the top 1 or 2 for me. It's simply breathtaking.

As mentioned in a couple of other reviews, immediately, the stand out tracks for me were Everything That Rises, Perfect Life and Almost Home. I dare anyone to listen to Almost Home and not feel something in their bones. So haunting. So beautiful.

What i love about Moby is his music somehow always manages to set in and touch your soul. Innocents is no different. A classic Moby album.

thank you thank you thank you Moby for sharing your gift with us.
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