Moby (born Richard Melville Hall, a descendant of Moby Dick author Herman Melville) has been making electronic dance music since the early 1990s. He has had great success with many of his records, often by bringing songcraft and melody to the genre. Moby started out playing in punk and post-punk bands, and he brings that energy to his latest full-length album, These Systems Are Failing. This is definitely a collection of songs rather than extended dance tracks. Moby has long been known for his support of animal rights, veganism, and environmentalism. He is also known for his unconventional Christian belief system. Within the past two years, he has described himself as a "Taoist-Christian-agnostic quantum mechanic." These Systems Are Failing declares by its very title that Moby has something to say here about the state of the world- and he says it very forcefully.