Moby’s always been, well, a bit odd. I sat in on a press conference with him in Miami at the Winter Music Conference a few years ago and boy, that guy can talk. Trouble is, a lot of what he talked was rubbish. It’s good news, then, that his music has, for the most part, always made up for the fact he, well, talks a lot of rubbish, both on his blog and in interviews. His latest album, ‘Destroyed’, again makes up for this fact, even if he himself describes the LP as ''broken down melodic electronic music for empty cities at 2am''.
There’s nothing too out-of-the-box here, apart from a 100-page photo booklet included with the physical album that sees Moby - a long-time photographer - document some of those moments no one likes to associate with big-time musicians, like lonely hotel rooms, airports, stark backstage areas and dark, nameless city landscapes.
In any event, the album itself is pretty good and full of great instrumentation and melody, which Moby’s music generally is. The urgent ‘Sevastopol’ will keep the club kids happy, while ‘The Violent Bear It Away’ is brilliant, with its searing, lush soundscape, shivering piano loop and soft drums. ‘Lacrimae’ is also Moby at his best. Fans of Moby''s previous work will love this, for it''s a safe sound for him, and one that continues to work. Moby is giving away the first single - ''Be The One'' - free via his website,
http://www.moby.com. Get on it.