Apr 2012 02

Moby - DestroyedMoby
Category: Electronica
Album: Destroyed
Stars: 2
Blurb: A soundtrack for dark urban environments late at night that comes across bland and faceless.


Moby has a long career before him and here he looks to reinvent himself again with his tenth album, Destroyed. Described by Moby himself as “a soundtrack for empty cities at 2:00am,” the album actually does echo that sentiment exactly in some points but, unfortunately, falls flat due to its execution lacking charisma and sounding even further dead than any city after 2:00am. The music itself seems as though it was drained of all life and thus giving the listener no reason to hear it all the way through; some may understand the feeling Destroyed is sending but it doesn’t give them any reason to weather the storm and go through the entire album.

Destroyed actually starts on a good and bad note with the opening track, “The Broken Places,” because it sets the tone for the album in two different ways. On one hand, the track definitely conveys the mood Moby was aiming for here and is atmospheric and ambient, but the bland and boring sound of the song carries throughout the album. “Be the One” also shows promise but suffers from repetitive and uncharismatic digitized vocals. Album single “Rockets” bares little resemblance to older Moby singles in quality and instead settles into mediocrity and suffers for it, while “Lie Down in Darkness” shows some ambient potential, though it never really moves up to reach that potential because the music itself seems uninspired. The album’s overall enjoyment is also hurt further by “The Violent Bear It Away,” which clocks in at just over six minutes, and “Lacrimae,” which is nearly nine minutes of droll uninteresting sound. Unfortunately, the energy of Destroyed never picks up and fails to pull the listener into the world that Moby sought to create.

Moby has had much success throughout his career but Destroyed fails to be moving or interesting. The music, though moody and ambient, lacks staying power and most likely would not warrant a second listening from even the most diehard Moby fans. Though Moby had a vision with Destroyed, which is respectable, he ultimately did not effectively convey it with the music.
Track list:

  1. The Broken Places
  2. Be the One
  3. Sevastopol
  4. The Low Hum
  5. Rockets
  6. The Day
  7. Lie Down in Darkness
  8. Victoria Lucas
  9. After
  10. Blue Moon
  11. The Right Thing
  12. Stella Maris
  13. The Violent Bear It Away
  14. Lacrimae
  15. When You Are Old

Moby Website http://www.moby.com
Moby Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mobymusic
Moby Twitter http://twitter.com/thelittleidiot
Mute Records Website http://mute.com
Mute Records MySpace http://www.myspace.com/muterecords
Mute Records Facebook https://www.facebook.com/muterecords
Mute Records USA Twitter http://twitter.com/MuteUSA
Purchase at:
Amazon CD
Amazon CD (Deluxe Edition)
Amazon MP3
Amazon Vinyl
Ovis Terrell Ross (TreverAeonIO)

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