22 Songs, 1 Hour 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From its title to the declaration that “death is everywhere” within the dystopian love song “Fly on the Windscreen (Final),” Depeche Mode’s fifth album is a step further into darkness. It’s not at the expense of inventive songwriting though. “Stripped” understands the difference between epic and overdone as it builds from a chugging motorbike sample to the imposing urgency of the chorus, while Martin Gore’s vulnerability captivates when he opens his suspicious heart on the industrial melancholy of “A Question of Lust.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

From its title to the declaration that “death is everywhere” within the dystopian love song “Fly on the Windscreen (Final),” Depeche Mode’s fifth album is a step further into darkness. It’s not at the expense of inventive songwriting though. “Stripped” understands the difference between epic and overdone as it builds from a chugging motorbike sample to the imposing urgency of the chorus, while Martin Gore’s vulnerability captivates when he opens his suspicious heart on the industrial melancholy of “A Question of Lust.”

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