I should have known each dress you own is a loaded gun

Depeche Mode – Playing the Angel

Depeche Mode are back, and I’m impressed.

Most bands that stay active for 25 years or so start to get old and stale. They seem to run out of ideas. That’s why I wasn’t expecting alot here, even though I enjoyed the last album, Exciter, but I should have epxecting good things.

This is the first album I’ve repeatedly had to listen to, each time it time it gets better, and that’s not to say it wasn’t good on the first listen. The huge horn like distortion dropping down in to sublime bassline on the first track, A pain that I’m used to, hooked me immediately. This is dirty Depeche Mode, the distortion sounds organic, and although the electronics are there, so is the rock.

The lyrics are better then ever. Dave Gahan’s vocals are superb despite people often complaining in the past about him needing singing listens. The album is quite dark, but powerful, and it feels like alot of emotion in lyrics is being drawn from Dave’s time of darkness in the 90s.

The only problem is that it is now stopping me from listening to other things.

Seven lies,
multiplied by seven,
multiplied by seven again
Seven angels with seven trumpets
Send them home on the morning train
Well who’s that shouting?
John the Revelator!
All he ever gives us is pain
Well who’s that shouting?
John the Revelator!
He should bow his head in shame


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