Delta Machine [Deluxe Edition] (CD)


Depeche Mode

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Amoeba Review

03/25/2013

Depeche Mode’s new album begins with a vivid description from the ever-evocative Dave Gahan — “All the drama queens are gone, and the devil got dismayed, he packed up and fled this town,” he sings on “Welcome to My World,” before promising, “I’ll bleed into your dreams … I’ll weep into your eyes.” It’s one of the best “we’re still standing after all these years” tracks of recent times, and a perfect way to open the Mode’s down and dirty 13th album. Things get even nastier on “Angel,” as the synths move from ominous to uncomfortable squelches and dark drones, while Gahan goes back and forth from his usual cool baritone to a rawer, gravely delivery we rarely hear from him. The beats that come in halfway through, too, eschew the more straight-forward, easily digestible beats of their more recent albums, with a guitar riff that references one of their best singles, “Personal Jesus,” to boot. Its marketing material then, boasting a mix of the harder-edged Violator and lusher, Flood-produced Songs of Faith and Devotion, would appear not to be blown smoke. Though your preference for which side of Depeche mode you favor may affect how you interact with this album (this reviewer prefers the Violator-ish spareness of a track like the bold “My Little Universe” or straightforward synth-pop beats of “Broken” than the more over-the-top dramatics of a song like “Heaven,” for instance), but DM fans from across the wide spectrum of their releases will find plenty to love on Delta Machine, easily a high point in the latter half of their career.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Welcome To My World
Depeche Mode 04:55
2.
Angel
Depeche Mode 03:57
3.
Heaven
Depeche Mode 04:05
4.
Secret To The End
Depeche Mode 05:12
5.
My Little Universe
Depeche Mode 04:24
6.
Slow
Depeche Mode 03:45
7.
Broken
Depeche Mode 03:58
8.
The Child Inside
Depeche Mode 04:16
9.
Soft Touch / Raw Nerve
Depeche Mode 03:27
10.
Should Be Higher
Depeche Mode 05:04
11.
Alone
Depeche Mode 04:29
12.
Soothe My Soul
Depeche Mode 05:22
13.
Goodbye
Depeche Mode 05:04


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Long Time Lie
Depeche Mode 04:22
2.
Happens All The Time
Depeche Mode 04:20
3.
Always
Depeche Mode 05:07
4.
All That's Mine
Depeche Mode 03:24

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