Don Kline: ‘ … Dave Gahan – Paper Monsters is what many would expect — a collection of material culled from his addictions, failed relationships, and spiritual rebirth. While the lyrics on Paper Monsters lack some of the depth and clever irony associated with those of bandmate Martin Gore, Gahan masters innuendo, often hiding the true identities of his subjects. As the titles suggest, “Dirty Sticky Floors” and “Bottle Living” are glam-induced snapshots of Gahan’s days spent at rock-bottom. “Hold On” and “A Little Piece” each offer a glimpse into Gahan’s reconciliations with a higher power, while “Bitter Apple,” “Black and Blue Again,” and “Goodbye” shed light on his relationships, both bad and good. On “I Need You” and “Hidden Houses,” Gahan sounds as though he could be addressing all of his subjects at once. Additionally, “Hidden Houses” offers his most naked moment on the album: “Inside each man is a frightened lamb who hides beneath the sheets/Waiting for a chance to just be free.” Having toyed with the idea of releasing a solo album ever since Depeche Mode released Exciter, Gahan approached the project slowly. Initially shy and even a bit scared, it wasn’t until he began jamming with friend and multi-instrumentalist Knox Chandler that he gained the confidence he needed to get serious about releasing an album of his own material. They, along with producer Ken Thomas (Sigur Rós), began shaping Gahan’s ideas into a mix of swampy blues-injected rock, slick urban electronica, and atmospheric balladry. Paper Monsters is a competent solo debut, and although it doesn’t stray too far from the Depeche mold, Gahan does manage to put his own stamp on the songs. While it doesn’t shy away from recalling his past demons, Paper Monsters ultimately points toward his optimism for the future.’

 

Dave Gahan – Paper Monsters Tracklist

  1.  Dirty Sticky Floors 0:00
  2.  Hold On 3:34
  3.  A Little Piece 7:51
  4.  Bottle Living 13:03
  5.  Black and Blue Again 16:36
  6.  Stay 22:20
  7.  I Need You 26:39
  8.  Bitter Apple 31:25
  9.  Hidden Houses 37:25
  10.  Goodbye 42:28

Dave Gahan - Paper Monsters

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