Depeche Mode – Playing The Angel

      Andy Kellman: ‘ When Ultra was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion. When Exciter was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have also forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion, in addition to having found a roundabout way of saying that it was merely better than Ultra. There’s no doubt this time: Depeche Mode – Playing The Angel is both the band’s best album since Violator and, more significantly, an album that is near Violator in stature. The biggest clue dropped by the band prior to its release was a quote from Dave Gahan, who said that being in Depeche Mode is better than it has been in 15 years. …… Musically, a lot of analog gear was used, and it’s apparent that the arrangements and extra sounds were less fussed over than they have been in the recent past. You get the sense that everything fell into place, as opposed to being forced or aimlessly manipulated. Despite the favoring of older gear, there’s no other year in which any of the songs could’ve been made. Like the best Depeche Mode, almost everything on the album will make an initial wowing impact while remaining layered enough in subtle details to surprise and thrill with repeated listens. It is not the kind of album a 25-year-old band is supposed to make.’

 

Depeche Mode – Playing The Angel Tracklist

  1. 00:00 – A Pain that I’m used to 
  2. 04:10 – John the Revelator 
  3. 07:53 – Suffer Well 
  4. 11:43 – The Sinner in me 
  5. 16:39 – Precious 
  6. 20:49 – Macro 
  7. 24:53 – I Want it All 
  8. 31:03 – Nothing’s Impossible
  9. 35: 25 – Introspectre 
  10. 37:07 – Damaged People 
  11. 40:36 – Lilian 
  12. 45:26 – The Darkest Star

Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel

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