Moby

Destroyed: Remixed

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Moby's largely ignorable 2011 studio effort Destroyed continued his trek into late-night contemplation and self-consciousness with 70-plus minutes of bleak indie-leaning techno. A double-disc remix set of such an already lengthy and borderline unnecessary album could conceivably either improve on the blandness with colorful re-imaginings or drive the last nail into the coffin of superfluous boredom. Destroyed [Remixed] somehow does neither but tends toward both, with remixes as almost good and noncommittally passable as the original material as well as experimental turns that are equally forgettable. Divided into two sections, Big Room and Small Room, the more club-friendly remixes occupy the big room disc while things get a little weirder in the small room. Multiple interpretations of standout Destroyed tracks "The Day" and "Lie Down in Darkness" are tackled by acts ranging from superstar DJ Paul van Dyk to indie buzzband Yeasayer. DFA electro/party band crossovers Holy Ghost! contribute a New Order-inspired take on "Blue Moon," and though deeply derivative, it still stands out as the most immediate and excitable inclusion of the collection. Moby remixes himself more often than not on the second disc, sharing space with Photek and a not surprisingly creepy submission from David Lynch. Closing the set with a 30-minute ambient composition, Destroyed [Remixed] becomes more demanding than benign. With few standout cuts and already blasé source material, this collection suffers from the same list of flaws as the vast majority of remix records -- navel-gazing, self-indulgent, and, for the most part, uninteresting.

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