17 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Depeche Mode’s lyrics have been so consumed by personal anxieties during the latter half of their career that it’s startling to hear some explicitly political songs here. Stripping back their blues influences in favor of muscular electronics, they rage against apathy and the ruling classes on “Going Backwards”, “Where’s the Revolution,” and “Scum”. However, it’s in the more optimistic and confessional moments—Krautrock peace anthem “So Much Love” and distorted Motown ballad “Poison Heart”—that Spirit truly excels.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Depeche Mode’s lyrics have been so consumed by personal anxieties during the latter half of their career that it’s startling to hear some explicitly political songs here. Stripping back their blues influences in favor of muscular electronics, they rage against apathy and the ruling classes on “Going Backwards”, “Where’s the Revolution,” and “Scum”. However, it’s in the more optimistic and confessional moments—Krautrock peace anthem “So Much Love” and distorted Motown ballad “Poison Heart”—that Spirit truly excels.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
408 Ratings

408 Ratings

Conejito Matador ,

One Can Hope...

Very hard to top their 90's Alternative Godliness, but I'm sure they have made a gazillion dollars off the iTunes mixes and remixes of their songs. They must have more than several thousand songs available. Good for them. They've focused on more clubby electronic sound and less on powerful lyrics with melodic grunge sensibilities. It has been lacking for some time. I don't think they can ever find that...it has to do with youth, but you can say the same with a lot of bands you once enjoyed. At least we'll always have Violator, SOFAD, Black Celebraton, Music for the Masses, even Exciter and Ultra is completely DM. The rest is all graphic design techno. One can hope there would be a chance that lightning can strike again.

smoove0384 ,

Not feeling it

Not feeling it from the single so far.

Zach Roderick ,

Worst record they've ever made.

Depeche Mode,i have been a huge fan all of my life. Since the 80's,you've created music unlike any other,and i've been able to express my emotions through it. Delta Machine was okay,but it could have been fat better. I listened to every song in this album,and Wheres the Revolution was the only one i can honestly say i like. None of this music is unique or well-written in any way. What exactly have you been doing in the past four years? I realize you've all gotten older,but if your going to make music,pour you heart and soul into it. Spirit is awful,simply awful. Good luck on your tour.

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