Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Depeche Mode "Playing the Angel"

I like this album a lot - the album before this, Exciter, was SO dull. Slow with no catchy songs, Depeche Mode lost the dark and brooding tones they'd run with from Music for the Masses to Ultra. But with this album we're seeing a kind of return to form.

Playing the Angel sounds familiar, a kind of neo-retro Depeche Mode (yeah, of themselves) the way a lot of new bands are doing neo-80's - but it sounds new at the same time.

Favorite songs on this album are:
A Pain That I'm Used To
John the Revelator
Suffer Well

"Precious" is probably the most familiar in terms of sounding how you'd expect Depeche Mode to evolve, but with that obvious neo-80's/neo-DM sound. ;) 'Tis my favorite of the bunch. All in all this album has songs that will be on my playlists for a long time to come.

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