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. Apple Digital Master

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
TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
409 Ratings

409 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.

chaderack ,

Terrible album

Beware: this is a straight political album. Thanks for wasting my money DM. Gahan lied in his rolling stone album when he said this wasn't a political album. Bunch of rich guys singing about trickle down economics. There might be a song on here that isn't about their hate of right wing politics, but since it's almost all depressing and hate filled, it bleeds into all the theme bleeds into the entire album. I don't like Trump either, but I'm not walking around listening to this crying about it.

More By Depeche Mode

You May Also Like