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Kaleid
April 1st 2013


741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For anyone who's loving this album as much as myself and wants some more, there are four bonus tracks on the deluxe edition:



'Long Time Lie' - The first proper writing collaboration ever between Dave and Martin. Decent track, nothing exceptional.



'Happens All The Time' - Waves of warm synths, and a wonderful, pensive chorus. Best of the bonus tracks, could have easily been on the album.



'Always' - Starts off like a harsh, bleepy outtake from A Broken Frame, then sweeping strings break out around an uncharacteristically soppy Martin chorus. Great song for all that, though.



'All That's Mine' - Sounds like a visit to Some Great Reward. Standard Mode b-side fare, nice song but it belongs where it is as a bonus track.

Eloriaz
April 2nd 2013


776 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good call Kaleid ^_^

My personal bonus favorite is "All That's Mine", actually I think it should have been on the album. It

might even become one of my favorites off DeMa. The synth melody is gorgeous and kind of 80ish... and

dare I say "Wilder-like" too? Just kidding ;)

Kaleid
April 2nd 2013


741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I agree about the melody, but it's still totally a Dave track ("Like a ship on the ocean/Heading out to sea") - uhh, what? If you're on the ocean... :/

Eloriaz
April 2nd 2013


776 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ohh I hadn't notice that :P

(Being French, I must concentrate a bit to get a sense of english lyrics)

Hmmm indeed it is a curious verse!

ViperAces
April 2nd 2013


12593 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

none of the bonus tracks really interested me as much as the album's tracks, for me they did a good job with the cut i guess

XSTACIE
April 3rd 2013


1 Comments


I am 40 and have been a DM fan for 30 years. There are often albums where I only truly love 2 or 3 songs. I am of course a huge fan of Violator and Music for the Masses...having grown up with them. As an adult, I believe their best is Playing the Angel. It had the perfect mix of grind..and pop and slow etc. What confuses me about some fans is...what the aversion is to a song that's "upbeat" and has a fast tempo. It doesn't make it pop and doesn't mean you have to hate it. John the revelator, Suffer Well, Personal Jesus....I like the new album but I feel like in an aversion to being "pop" there are not enough uptempo songs in the mix. Soothe my Soul...I love it but must admit its very close to Personal Jesus. There are a lot of songs I do like...i just wish the balance was there as it was in Playing the Angel...or Violator for that matter. No one wants to go to a DM concert and not have a few songs to dance to 😊 I love you DM! Keep on!

Acanthus
April 7th 2013


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is ridiculously good, and it's so nice to have these guys back.

Ecnalzen
April 7th 2013


8710 Comments


I might end up getting this in the near future. It's pretty interesting.

bloc
April 8th 2013


57597 Comments


and it's so nice to have these guys back.

Bah, they never left ;)

Digging: Tatsuro Yamashita - For You

Acanthus
April 8th 2013


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

'09 seems like forever ago though! Picked up the deluxe album today, this warrants a physical copy.

Kaleid
April 9th 2013


741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bah, they never left ;)




True dat. They're on a cycle of an album every four years - it's been that way since 1993.



There were a couple of songs I thought would be growers; in particular, Alone. After a few listens you really start to think - what a great song! Listening to it now, its longevity really stands out as a great Martin track - Dave has certainly delivered this time (Should Be Higher is brilliant) but Martin's still the dominant force.

WhiteNoise
April 9th 2013


3647 Comments


The Bass on this is intense...makes my house shake :/

sinsexsodomy
April 9th 2013


263 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So far the only song I dislike is Broken, I just can't get into it, it sounds like a PTA or Sounds outtake to me ... but the bonus tracks more then make up for it imo, especially Always and All That's Mine, after a few listens the first bonus track isn't as strong as I initially thought. Happen's all the time should have been on the album tho, I agree with you Kaleid. This is a good sign, album is still in my car. Thus far, this and The Next Day are looking like my candidates for album of the year

Ecnalzen
April 9th 2013


8710 Comments


Is the deluxe copy worth the extra cash compared to the standard?

bloc
April 9th 2013


57597 Comments


Another improvement on this album over the last two is the mixing. Seems like the last two were kinda loud, you know? There isn't as much obvious clipping on this one.

someguest
April 9th 2013


29931 Comments


Yeah, I've listened to about half of this album. It's really brooding and reflective.

Kaleid
April 9th 2013


741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another improvement on this album over the last two is the mixing. Seems like the last two were kinda loud, you know? There isn't as much obvious clipping on this one




Mixed by Mark Ellis (Flood). The same Flood that co-produced & mixed Violator and SOFAD.



Interesting fact: Flood achieved his nickname when he was a simple studio assistant. He was a tad over-eager in delivering cups of tea to the musicians. His contemporary, the accurately-named "Drought" didn't seem to appreciate the importance of a nice cuppa to the creative process and hasn't been heard from since



someguest
April 9th 2013


29931 Comments


Oh, so Flood did work on this? No wonder I like this so much.

bloc
April 9th 2013


57597 Comments


Haha, nice.

I guess it also helps that a lot of the synths on this album are cleaner and less distorted than the ones used on Sounds and Playing.

Eloriaz
April 9th 2013


776 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"I guess it also helps that a lot of the synths on this album are cleaner and less distorted than the

ones used on Sounds and Playing."



I agree very much. I also think the "clean" sound of synths in Depeche's history has always well

contributed to the atmospheres of Black Celebration, the stadium-sound of Music for the Masses and the

"pureness" of Violator.



That being said... I think "John the Revelator" is still my favorite post-Alan song. What a tune ;D



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