Depeche Mode Playing The Angel
3.9 Ranking: #145 for 2005
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4.0 excellentNick Butler EMERITUS | November 14th 07

Whoa. Who expected this? Popular concensus holds that Depeche Mode peaked in 1991 with Violator, while many fans point to the likes of Songs of Faith & Devotion. Me? I point to this. Whatever I was expecting when I got this, I certainly wasn't expecting as album that would be on a par with Violator, let alone one that would narrowly top it. It's just crammed with great songs - "A Pain That I'm Used To", "John The Revelator", "The Sinner In Me", the "Enjoy The Silence" sequel "Precious", "The Darkest Star"....this was possibly the best shock of 2005 for me. I can't recommend this highly enough to DM fans.

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4.0 excellentJordan | May 3rd 12

Noisy, dark, distorted, incredibly catchy and absolutely brilliant. A vast imrpovement after that huge disappointment "Exciter". Depeche Mode certainly haven't lost their touch.

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4.5 superbMajor Tom CONTRIBUTOR | March 10th 11

After the snail-paced 'Exciter', Depeche inexplicably rocketed back up to their familiar dark and moody brand of electronic pop. The best Depeche Mode album since 'Songs of Faith and Devotion'.

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3.5 greatTrez | May 15th 10

I happen to like The sinner in Me and Suffer Well. Overall... very good disc.

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4.0 excellentbloc | May 7th 09

i think it is safe to say that this album is the point where synthpop with a more rock-ish feel has taken flight and succeeded. DM has put out a great album that is still filled with wonderful lyrics and music that come from previous work, but they bring out a more rock feel to every single track. i don't have to warn listeners that this is not a happy album, as the lyrics and even the music create a dark atmosphere. But, this is exactly what one is expecting when they listen to DM.

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