I’ve been a long time fan of Depeche Mode. This band had probably one of the biggest influence on me since the early teenage years. I was lucky to witness and celebrate their triumph in the end of 80s / beginning of 90s. And I was also very disappointed about the end of ‘Alan Wilder’ era. Unfortunately, since ‘Ultra’ for a few exceptions Depeche Mode’s works did not really connect with me. It took numerous listens to get in tune with their newest works.
And ladies and gentlemen, I must say that this period of disconnect has come to an end. Having just listened to the new ‘Spirit‘, I am happy to say that DM are back! The album is a great mix of really great atmospheric synth/guitar emotional tracks coupled with edgy, biting works in the style of the first single ‘Where’s the Revolution’. Great all-round production by Simian Mobile Disco‘s James Ford team. In fact, Mr. Ford’s production credits are nowhere near SMD in terms of versatility – it seems he can do everything, from Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons to Florence And The Machine and Little Boots. And it certainly shows in the sound – it’s a real pleasure to listen to this wonderful blend of synth and guitar tones.
The only one regret that I have about the album – the lyrics. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia talking in me, but I really miss the depth that once was in their lyrics. The whole subject of ‘I’ve got a message for the world‘ does come across somewhat direct and perhaps a bit superficial. However that certainly doesn’t prevent from enjoying this great work – this is 5/5 for sure in my book of 2017 releases.
My favorite tracks: Cover Me, The Worst Crime, Scum, No More (This is the last time)