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2011 album from the Electronic artist, producer and DJ. With Destroyed, Moby introduces the listener to the strange and disconcerting life of touring that is not often exposed -- the time spent isolated in anonymous, mundane hotel rooms, airports, and backstage waiting areas. These experiences are then juxtaposed with moments of intense beauty and excitement, such as the connection that can be felt with an audience. With touring comes extensive worldwide travel, and Moby has fallen prey to insomnia most of his adult life, a condition he turns to his advantage. All of the songs on this album were written by Moby on the road during the small hours of the night, when his insomnia was in full tilt.
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I first heard Moby circa 1993 when a friend played me his 'Move' EP. I was diving headlong into the world of the rave culture and Moby was well known in this culture. I fell in love with his music immediately. His 'Ambient' disc and 'Everything Is Wrong' were albums in heavy rotation during a period of serious soul searching. There was something transcendent, ethereal almost, in the way he was able to craft a song.
For those long, dark nights, yet blissful in a melancholy kind of way, his music was the perfect fit.
I smiled as his music became hugely popular and ubiquitous (you know, the 'oh, you're just discovering him' kind of thing). His amalgam of old gospel songs and catchy electronica was, at the time, cutting edge. After his '18' release, however, I had moved on to other sounds and dabbled in his music at best, though I found the 'Hotel' album to be a move forward as he added more and more vocals.
Anyhow, when I read the blurb on the late night, isolated insomniac vibe of this album somehow I just knew...
There is a melancholy sound that is a throwback to his early works yet the changes and growth of his later releases are meshed into one here sounding comfortable yet completely fresh. It feels highly personal and mature, pensive yet peaceful. He creates beautiful, sometimes sad, sometimes blissful, orchestral electronic music that gets into your headspace and takes you places.
I'll leave out the details but I had an epiphany of sorts while listening to this album and as the epiphany deepened (at 70+ mph on the highway, mind you) as 'Lacrimae' played it felt like a religious experience. Deep, deep bliss.
The album is best absorbed as a whole, as an experience, headphones or long drives late at night highly recommended.
It is a dreamlike mix of ambient beats, bass synth, and cello. The songs are more progressive than previous works. They start off with a few tracts and then slowly get more complete/layered without becoming over-complex.
Moby's previous works always felt like they started out strong and then hit a slump towards the end. The album would be over and I felt like I needed more closure. Play had a bunch of slow, empty poetry pieces. 18, Hotel, and Last Night all had forgettable ending tracks. Not so here. This is the first of Moby's albums I can say that almost every single song is excellent. In fact, the album actually gets progressively better with each track. The last few songs are incredibly beautiful piano/string-esc pieces.
I was surprised when I read a couple negative reviews by various magazines. I just don't think they listened to this album in the correct environment. This album needs to be listened to at night, early morning, or when in a thoughtful zen. I really wish everyone would quit wanting another "Play". "Play" was alright, but it really didn't show the talent/maturity that Moby is showing now. Those days are over folks...because these are some of his best.
Good buy! I want to hear more like it!
why? mobygratis.com is why.
check it out. anyone else who wants to talk mess can find someone else in the music community who does stuff on that level.
maybe I like it because I stay up late as well. maybe I like it because he's still making sensitive, interesting music. maybe I bought both CDs of Play (he did a second album with similar songs) and don't think he peaked with that one.
who reviews a Moby CD wanting to hear QOTSA? if you like Moby, buy this one. it doesn't disappoint. if you don't like Moby, it won't change your mind. maybe he doesn't license his music out as often and maybe it's not as accessible...but it's worth your time and money if you've been into his music for a while.
descriptions of individual songs, btw, are beside the point. I can't simulate listening to this album - nor would I want to. nothing's a surprise these days between song samples and albums that get downloaded weeks before a release date because no one wants to buy a CD with one good song.
there used to be pleasant surprises in music when you, because you have so many of the artist's previous albums, picked up the new one and felt like everything was moving forward. this man has no concept of artistic stagnation and seems to consistently prove it - subtle evolution, but never stagnation.
I've read reviews stating his newest effort "Destroyed" is boring. While there is a definite chill mood to the CD, it is without a doubt a brilliant sonic landscape of sound. I like the idea that this music was composed in the hours that most would be sleeping. Moby states he has insomnia and this album was the result of that time awake. Whatever it is, I just love it! I definitely recommend this CD. Just Brilliant!