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Artist: Depeche Mode // Release Date: 2/3/2017

Disclaimer: I’m no Depeche Mode expert.  My experience with them is pretty much limited to the famed Violator, as well as a few singles here and there.  That didn’t stop the band’s latest single, “Where’s The Revolution”, from capturing my interest immediately though.  It’s tough not to notice when a band comes out of nowhere to capture the essence of everything that’s been going on in the world, effortlessly, as if it’s just one sentence out of an entire novel that they’re ready to heave our way this March .  But my God, what a statement this is.

If Bob Dylan scored our parents’ anti-war sentiments of the 60s during Vietnam, and Green Day’s American Idiot reigned in a whole new generation of political punks during the post-9/11 hysteria, then there is certainly a musical void to be filled with regards to the chaos going on right now in America and across the world.  I can’t know beyond a shadow of a doubt what this song’s intentions are – much less what the entire album will dictate – but there’s no way in hell that Depeche Mode wasn’t aware enough of their surroundings to know how this song would be perceived.  So if it aims to capture the essence of the confusion, anger, and fear of Trump’s America, then it succeeds in every imaginable way.

I’m not aiming to take a political stance here either, because whatever side of the spectrum you reside on doesn’t alter what the true situation is out there.  People feel oppressed (You’ve been kept down / You’ve been pushed ’round…You’ve been pissed on for too long). They feel lied to (You’ve been fed truths).  They feel as though their voices have been silenced (Your rights abused / Your views refused…They manipulate and threaten, with terror as a weapon).  The lyrics and overall mood of this track capture the frustration of many people right now, and the song even goes on to taunt the general populace and paint them as complacent: Where’s the revolution? Come on people, you’re letting me down.

Depeche Mode probably isn’t relevant enough (at least not on a wide enough scale) to become a generation’s rallying cry the way the aforementioned movements did, but if the entire album stays on-theme, we’ll easily have one of the greatest societal/political musical commentaries in recent memory.  I for one am all aboard the hype train.

The train is coming
So get on board
Get on board

The engine’s humming
So get on board
Get on board
Get on board

Listen to the stirring “Where’s The Revolution” below:

…Final Score: 4.7 / 5  





SowingSeason
02.03.17
Hands down the best song so far this year.

FullOfSounds
02.03.17
Holy shit this is so good

SowingSeason
02.03.17
Simultaneously memorable and compelling. Already my favorite DM out of what I've heard from them (I realize that's a novice thing to say, but I don't care because I'm new to their music in general).

pjorn
02.03.17
give music for the masses a chance man. also, this def is their best song in years, so I get why you're having such a strong reaction to this.

SowingSeason
02.04.17
Yeah I love music with a real, relevant purpose; especially if it's tied to a specific moment in time

FullOfSounds
02.04.17
Those vocals man

Satellite
02.04.17
"If Bob Dylan scored our parents’ anti-war sentiments of the 60s during Vietnam"

lol how old are your parents?

Satellite
02.04.17
yeah i rly like this. my laydee is always trying to get me into dm but never rly gave them a shot.

TVC15
02.04.17
Sounds like this came straight out of Playing the Angel (even if more like a b-side from that era), which imo was their last awesome album

SowingSeason
02.04.17
Well if that's the case then I need to check that release out right now

SowingSeason
02.04.17
Also I'm 29 and my parents had me in their mid 30s so it's really easily possible lol

TVC15
02.04.17
Sowing if you do, please listen to a vinyl rip cos as good as it is, it's brick walled really badly

klap
02.04.17
my parents are pushing 70 they're more of the lawrence welk crowd satty

klap
02.04.17
this song is gr8

Satellite
02.04.17
i guess i sometimes i forget not everyone was a life-shattering accident like me. i'm 30 and my parents are in their early 50s.

Danred97
02.05.17
Song is phenomenal. Can't wait to check out their discography.

SowingSeason
02.05.17
"i guess i sometimes i forget not everyone was a life-shattering accident like me. i'm 30 and my parents are in their early 50s."

no shame in that; you get more time with them in life

"Song is phenomenal. Can't wait to check out their discography."

Same boat here. Gonna revisit Violator then start from the beginning.

DoofusWainwright
02.05.17
The song is humming, the song is humming

Found this very cringey and DM by numbers melodically - track rating 2.5/5


TVC15
02.05.17
This has grown off me a lot

SowingSeason
02.05.17
I agree it's fairly straightforward, but it's so well done. Lyrics while maybe cliche at points are still very relevant and delivered with conviction. It works for me.

DoofusWainwright
02.05.17
The track is ok, if the rest of the album was great it wouldn't put me off listening to the rest of the songs or anything like that.

SowingSeason
02.05.17
Hmm yeah guess I'm just kinda surprised this seems like something a Tindersticks person would enjoy, at least vocally

DoofusWainwright
02.05.17
I quite like Depeche Mode but I do find them boring very quickly the minute their song writing dips even a shade.

I quite like the opening verse but the chorus is super weak, I feel most bands would have worked than in as a pre chorus and then used something really soaring for the chorus. A bit ploddy, the soundtrack to a damp squib anti capitalist march.

SowingSeason
02.05.17
meh I think it's amazing...maybe I'm just a basic bitch

DoofusWainwright
02.05.17
Sowing, I don't think it's amazing but it's certainly not bad, has a Radiohead feel in there, esp the 'train' section.

Depeche Mode have been going for ages, having heard a lot by them this seemed melodically very standard for them and the lyrics/theme are quite standard in general.

But if you've never sampled DM before then I can see this being quite fresh and different to what else is out there and also if someone's really into the protest song right now this is certainly one of the better ones to have appeared recently (cough, Arcade Fire, cough).

If you like this I'm pretty sure you'll like a high proportion of their back catalogue too.

SowingSeason
02.05.17
Yeah I definitely don't have the context to comment on their back catalog so I believe you. I liked Violator but I also didn't think it was quite the classic that many make it out to be; maybe a 4 at best. And as far as protest songs go this has been the only one even remotely acceptable lately.

DoofusWainwright
02.05.17
'Violator' I have down as a 4 so I'm totally with you there. Honestly, something like the two disc Singles 86-94 compilation I think serves the band better than any one album.

ksoflas
02.06.17
Music for the Masses, Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion are undeniable classics.

JWT155
02.06.17
Am I the only one who thought this track runs out of steam at the end?

bloc
02.06.17
I would say the bridge with the "Train is coming..." bit is easily the weakest part of the song but it gets way better when it starts building up.

Cayit
02.14.17
Very nice tune from the Pioneers of Electro/Rock...

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