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Moby is one of the most innovative and individual forces in electronic and popular music today. He has sold over 20 million albums, headlined Glastonbury, and is back with arguably one of the best albums of his career, Innocents.

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  • Audio CD (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Little Idiot
  • ASIN: B004O0TU08
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Moby's songs from Destroyed were written late at night in hotel rooms around the world. A soundtrack for empty cities at 2AM, Destroyed evokes nocturnal feelings of both anxious isolation and the comfort of quiet solitude. The result is a 15-track collection that conflates the atmospheric and the disconcerting with the enveloping and beautiful - a record rich in the kind of melodies that are lodged in the brain by stealth rather than with a bludgeon.

Produced by Moby and mixed by Ken Thomas (who has worked with everyone from David Bowie and Queen to Sigur Ros and M83), Destroyed was recorded using vintage analog equipment and mixed on a 1972 Neve mixing desk from Abbey Road. A cohesive body of work, Destroyed is best experienced in its entirety and late at night when the city has gone to sleep.

BBC Review

Something that BBC Four's recent tribute to the astonishing musical developments of 1991 has thrown into focus is that the rave generation was never built to last. Good thing nobody told them that, eh? If they had, we'd have been denied all kinds of Prodigy magic, modern clubbers wouldn't squeak with glee at the merest hint of a rejigged old-school classic, and we certainly wouldn't be sat here enjoying the 10th Moby album.

You'd think he'd be more celebrated for reaching such a landmark. Instead, he tends to find critical affection blunted by the triple whammy of ubiquity, dilettantism and a lack of quality control. This isn't wholly fair: the first charge may have applied in the immediate wake of Play, but hasn't exactly been the case since; and the second isn't a pejorative as such (in fact, that anyone could have Thousand, That's When I Reach for My Revolver and Porcelain on their CV is wholeheartedly laudable). And the third? Well, after the disappointment of Wait for Me it's a relief to say that's being addressed, and with some style.

This isn't Moby at his danciest, though. Instead, this set recalls the work of another titanic electronic Richard, namely Aphex Twin's underappreciated Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Like that record, Destroyed is a curiously sprawling affair, heavily reliant on tone and texture and located squarely in its own hazily delineated environs. It doesn't so much spring into life as pad into focus, with opener The Broken Places soldering blurry melancholic chords onto a percussive heartbeat; later, the astounding Stella Maris dispenses with beats altogether, wandering with disconsolate desperation around an ancient and elegant church before being bathed in a corona of redemptive strings. When You Are Old casts Mr Hall as a luridly caped conductor, straining over devastating organ hypnosis even as he encourages a fiercely-restrained orchestra to chime gnomically in. These are among the most beautiful works he's ever produced.

But that still isn't enough, and so it is that the ravenous, ramshackle pop instincts that have led Moby down so many curious paths kick in, in intriguing ways. He may never have claimed much kinship with shoegaze in the past, but After, The Day and Lie Down in Darkness, though sadly not appearing in quite that order, serve as an evocative instruction and a deliberate hurtle away from a vocalised meaningfulness. This attitude bears further fruit via the cracked robotics of Be the One, Blue Moon, and the relentless drum crescendo of The Violent Bear It Away, which takes both piano and rave dynamics and strands them somewhere within earshot of Zola Jesus.

All in all, Destroyed feels like both a return to the darkness from which Moby emerged in the first place, and perhaps his most year zero offering to date. Alright, so that year might actually clock in somewhere around the two-decades-ago mark; but, contrary to all expectations, that actually looks set to render this among his most enduring endeavours yet.

--Iain Moffatt

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Vilson on 2 Nov. 2011
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I pre-ordered the Destroyed deluxe edition and it arrived the day after release:- It makes a great package, even if you have the original CD. It was a good idea for Amazon to add a bonus CD, shame that they can't be bothered to give it a proper listing description:- I am still wading through the contents but a summary is as follows:

Disc 1: Original CD - good/excellent 'ambient Moby' CD - we all know and love.

Disc 2: CD of extra material (55mins)
Good supplement, some of which has previously been released on Moby.com. Particular highlights are the extended/different versions of 'the broken places, lie down in darkness and the day'. [N.B. this disc is available on Spotify]

Disc 3: DVD of music videos, interviews and live performances
Another good supplement. The live performances worth seeing and add a new dimension to the tracks.
A bit disappointing that the bass sound wasn't as good as in the 'Wait for me' live DVD, but hey-ho.
Music videos for:
1. Be The One
2. Lie Down In Darkness
3. Sevastopol
4. The Day
5. Victoria Lucas
All available on moby.com
Saatchi & Saatchi Hello Future Video challenge: 10 videos (listed in Amazon description under Disc 4...)
Wilcox live sessions (Guitar and violin)
1. Porcelein
2. The Day
Main Square Festival performance from Arras, France in July 2011
1. Raining Again
3. Flower
4. Lie Down In Darkness
5. Honey
6. Disco Lies
Plus interviews with his imperial Mobyness.
I find that the DVD is a good way to chill-out before going to sleep!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2011
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The Moby battleplan is becoming obvious. Release a bare bones album, and five months later, a superdeluxe edition with a live DVD, documentaries, loads of videos, and a a whole album of new music. Which makes me wonder why I should ever bother buying the first release, because five months later I buy it again. (In fact, I'm not buying the first release for any other purpose but to listen to the contents for a few months before the superduper version comes out).

"Destroyed" itself is yet another Moby record. A sort of sad, electronica Neil Young, Moby puts out a new record every two years or so, tours frequently, and now mines a fairly refined template : in the DVD that comes with this expanded version, the secret is out - these are often songs written and recorded in the middle of the night in hotel rooms across the world. "Destroyed" is another solid Moby album, much like the previous twelvty or so he has put out. A record with a handful of upbeat disco material, then moving to a more considered, reflective late night comedown. The template, and his sound, has barely moved in a decade since "Play".

With the death of the physical single as all but a fetish object has made this release the only way to obtain the extra songs we used to call b-sides. Here, on the second CD, are eleven songs from the thousands Moby has recorded over the years, mostly unheard - there's also a beautiful orchestral version of "The Day" (and alternate mixes of "Lie Down In Darkness", and "The Broken Places"). On the other hand, some of these new songs do outstay their welcome. "Washing" is at least two minutes too long, riding as it does on sparse instrumentation that becomes well, as boring as washing itself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Potter TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2011
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Music for me should accompany life and not narrate it. Which is why Moby seems to have created a soundtrack to my life, never more so than his latest album: Destroyed. In his own words: 'I often have insomnia and spend a lot of times awake in hotel rooms at 2 a.m when everyone else in the world seems to be asleep.'

Which is why this album works so well, because it really does sound like laying awake in the middle of the night and feeling dislocated from reality. I don't have the words to technically describe the music, only how it makes me feel. And like so many of Moby's albums it plugs directly into the very essence of who I am. I cannot imagine anyone with any sense of soul would not simply love this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The usual suspect TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2011
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Depending on which Moby you like will determine whether Destroyed is for you or not. If you like say, Hotel there's a good possibility Destroyed may not sit too well with you. If you like Wait for me, it most definitely is.

For me, Destroyed actually turned out to be the album that I have listened to most over the last 12 months and I still am. Perfect wind down music.

If you want a reason to buy Destroyed it's simple - Lacrimae. Like only Moby can, he's taken a very simple few notes on keyboard, continually hit them and turned them into one amazing tune that takes you to all sorts of places for 8 minutes. Very possibly Moby's finest tune for me.
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After a now-complete listen of Moby's tenth album, I think I've got the gist of who or what is he channeling - he is channeling himself in his rawest and most experimental form yet, and this release is going to be one of his more bolder choices. A great many fans might not get his even more odder path, direction, whatever - but many should also understand the familiar sense of message to it, as many Moby fans who do understand where he's going and simply don't mind the ride. If I was tired and alone and my mind was racing and I just couldn't sleep, this would be the kind of music I would create. It's wide open, out there, impersonal, and so generic it makes sense in a 2AM kinda way. Then again, I also like the repetitive droning sound of those tire-ridgey things that warn you to slow down on the highway too.

These songs were created due to two very large factors: Moby has had a chronic case of off and on insomnia for years, and he has always made music to push the boundaries of what is definable as music. On these merits, Moby has both succeeded and failed. Yes, it's an ambitious project, but it hurts my brain because I get normal REM sleep and following his path down the semiconscious hallways of his mind's eye will hurt you if you're not ready for it.

15 songs adding up to just under an hour:

1. The Broken Places - right off the bat you are slowed down to a snail's pace, but just quick enough for you to see the blurs of the lines on the road, and to notice the harshness of the neon lights against the blackest of night from your hotel room. It's creeps up on you quietly, and with all the odd intention of someone trying to show you the world still is alive and breathing after the 3am hour, but just in another subtle way.

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