13 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Depeche Mode have always played on the tensions between faith and flesh, and on the trio’s 13th album, these two themes come together in pursuit of a higher electro-rock transcendence. The erotic drive of their younger years comes through on “Soft Touch / Raw Nerve,” an anthem propelled by pulsing synths and twangy guitars. “Angel” pushes even harder, its ominous, distorted bass and snarling lyrics evoking a deviant communion with God, while “My Little Universe” offers a slow build of glitchy electronics and 303 basslines.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Depeche Mode have always played on the tensions between faith and flesh, and on the trio’s 13th album, these two themes come together in pursuit of a higher electro-rock transcendence. The erotic drive of their younger years comes through on “Soft Touch / Raw Nerve,” an anthem propelled by pulsing synths and twangy guitars. “Angel” pushes even harder, its ominous, distorted bass and snarling lyrics evoking a deviant communion with God, while “My Little Universe” offers a slow build of glitchy electronics and 303 basslines.

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