New cds come out so seldom that I feel the need to go right out and get them. I really need to make the effort to listen to the samples that music sites offer. This leads me to the latest release-'Playing the Angel' by one of my top bands; Depeche Mode. Let me start my review of this album by saying that I have listened deeply to Exciter. Honestly the second half of that album has alright content. 'Playing the Angel' is the same. Opening track number one crashes in like rebar through your temple. An odd sound construction leading to a track nowhere near as well engineered like Pimpf. (Music for the Masses) Track 2-4 are tollerable with unique fidelity. DM is did spend more time mixing and building sound layering throughout this cd. Their first video out is for 'Precious'. This track by far the best one on the whole album. The keyboard's keys are finely stroked/plucked reminding you of the typical B.P.M. of DMode albums of earlier. The chorus is anchored by a synth/drum wash that takes me to Erasure's 'Chorus' album. The other songs gain a bit of interest but that to me is on the side of tolerable. Track 10 'Damage People' (aren't we all?) has me fond of the synth of 'A Broken Frame' and Martin's slightly textured volcals. Track 11 'Lilian' has more tempo and Dave and Martin's harmony at chorus make the track solid. A bit of guitar to linger about as in 'Enjoy the Silence' too. Nice.
I am a devout fan as I add this cd to my collection to prevent a hole in my discography but repeat listening will be infrequent. As bands age, their music can take many courses. Some retaining their trademark engineering...(NIN)Some their trademark lyrics...(Cure)And some their vocals(Morrisey). I truly believe that DM is searching for that full circle album but in a 21st century way. Take a bit of advise boys, increase the B.P.M. of your instrumental by 2. The slow stuff is good occassionaly! It was better when 'Faith and Devotion' was launched but Dave was nearer to Death back then. Dave, your vocals still need a bit of electronic(reverb) to keep them from getting too clear and dry as on 'Paper Monsters'. Alan Wilder was no doubt the master mind behind their success and since leaving....Ultra was their last 'good' album. The remix albums are great. Someone else is adding flavor on those cuts. And man, get Daniel Miller's hands more involve with the engineering. Make Mute records proud!
'you wear guilt, like shakles on your feet, like a halo in reverse...' dm-Halo/Violator
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