Almost Home: Live at the Fonda, LA


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Almost Home: Live at the Fonda, LA Review

by Andy Kellman

Instead of touring in support of Innocents, Moby and many of his collaborators performed during three nights -- on the second, third, and fourth of October 2013, the week of the album's release -- at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre. The last of the three gigs is documented with this, a fan-friendly package consisting of two CDs and two DVDs. Each night consisted of a set of Innocents material followed by a set of older material, with the selections for the latter chosen by fans. This performance was also streamed live on Moby's website, something the artist often references, as he regularly asks the attendees if they are having a good time and, just as often, hopes that the "500,000 watching this at home" are enjoying themselves. On the first audio disc, 11 of the 12 songs from Innocents are performed, played true to the album, with the likes of Cold Specks, Skylar Grey, Damien Jurado, Inyang Bassey, Mindy Jones, and Mark Lanegan providing vocals. For whatever reason, Lanegan associate (and hero to Moby) Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers performs the lead on "The Lonely Night" rather than Lanegan. Full of affable, self-effacing, and repetitive banter, as one might expect from Moby, the set is 16 minutes longer than the studio counterpart. The selections on the second CD present a wide range of highlights from Moby's discography. He reaches all the way back to his first single, "Go," and introduces it with a great anecdote about his first Los Angeles performance at the Mayan. A romping, quickened "Honey" benefits from live vocals and adds much to set's festive, freewheeling spirit. Even darker numbers, like "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" and "Feeling So Real," feel more celebratory than any of the similarly hued songs on the first disc. The first DVD consists of the whole performance, while the second DVD contains five videos, three teasers, and tutorials for several songs.

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