This 2009 release was recorded in the warm intimacy of Moby's home studio. The result is outstanding and very different in character from almost all his previous work. First of all, it's definitely not a dance record. The main CD is haunting & reflective; its laid-back style could certainly be described as `ambient'. However with this `deluxe' package you get an extra disk actually labelled `ambient' which contains re-works of some of the numbers on the original disk, plus a couple of new pieces. This second CD is truly extraordinary, even beautiful, and possible Moby's best-ever recorded music.
The music overall is poignant and sorrowful, with a seam of sadness running through its core. Moby's complex multi-layered arrangements deploy both serene solo vocals and haunting choral sections, underpinned by electronic music - mostly in minor keys - whose often repetitive hypnotic nature belies its subtleties. Many pieces progress musically to a resolution, lifting the mood and inducing serenity in the listener. The effect of the tracks is cumulative, so the disks are best listened to as a whole like a symphony rather than chopped up bit-by-bit, i-tunes style. The album is ideal late-night listening but also works on a quiet, contemplative Sunday morning.
In addition to the 2x CDs, the `Deluxe' edition also gives you a DVD. This is not just an afterthought but informative and entertaining to watch, offering some live-on-stage performances, interviews and video clips from the `Wait for Me' album recording sessions.
Verdict: an unusual, outstanding package and great value.