A few weeks ago I wrote about Moby’s most recent EP, Be The One. Little did I know that it was only a short preview of his newest album, Destroyed. If you thought Be The One was as fantastic as I did, then you’re going to absolutely love the album. Not only does Moby prove that he still has it after all these years, but I would go as far to say that it’s one of the most original, refreshing albums I’ve heard thus far in 2011. Heed my warning: if you’re looking for hardcore, fist-pumping club music, you won’t find it here. This album is a sweet slice of electronica. What’s even cooler is that the album was released with some really cool pictures. You can purchase the exclusive photo book with the album, or view it here.
Destroyed starts off with the humble opening track,The Broken Places. From the start you hear a lot of digital instrumentation mixed with tweaked, live percussion. That kind of sound is the essence of this album, although the pacing changes from time to time. Skip ahead a few songs and we come to one of my favorites, The Low Hum. It opens with vibrant synth and equally vibrant vocals. I find the line I can’t help myself//I’m in love with this isolation particularly beautiful, albeit depressing. While listening to this song, I finally got it–this album might just be the soundtrack to his photo album that I mentioned earlier. It sounds like a score to a movie at times, almost as if it was meant to tell a story. Rockets and The Day are both great vocal tracks, with the latter featuring breath-taking vocals and an orchestral melody.
We finally get to After, one of the more upbeat tracks on the album, and also one of my favorites. Robotic sampling leads into some laser-sounding synth and then goes to a full-on sprint with drums, vocals, and eclectic buildups. If any of the songs on this album are waiting for a remix, this is the one. Blue Moon continues in the same vein, being one of the more upbeat and danceable songs on the record while still maintaining the same positive energy that is the core of the album. Songs like The Right Thing and Stella Maris are very different, non-EDM tracks. The former contains some jazzy, funky riffs and the latter is an ambient, orchestral journey of bliss.
The last song I’d like to talk about is the penultimate track, Lacrimae. This song has found a spectacular equilibrium between electronic music, orchestral composition, and live instrumentation. There are parts in here that evoke so many different emotions, if you have the time sit down and listen closely to it in its eight-minute entirety.
Moby’s Destroyed is a masterpiece. It speaks to the listener, almost begging you to get out there and live. I hope you enjoy listening it as much as I enjoyed writing this review. Although it might not be something you’re used to listening to, why don’t you give it a try? You might be pleasantly destroyed. <3