Delta Machine [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The strange thing about Depeche Mode is that even when they possess the wisdom that comes from being put through the wringer -- both as a band about to break up and lead singer David Gahan's struggles with addiction -- they are still quite good at making self-destruction sound seductive. Everybody knows that was the devil talking in "Personal Jesus," while "Strangelove," "Behind the Wheel," and so many other prime Depeche tunes sink in a sea of sin or drown in damnation, and the band sound like they're in the throes of ecstasy while doing it. Delta Machine, the band's 13th album, feeds off this negative energy and winds like a snake the whole time, slithering through a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The strange thing about Depeche Mode is that even when they possess the wisdom that comes from being put through the wringer -- both as a band about to break up and lead singer David Gahan's struggles with addiction -- they are still quite good at making self-destruction sound seductive. Everybody knows that was the devil talking in "Personal Jesus," while "Strangelove," "Behind the Wheel," and so many other prime Depeche tunes sink in a sea of sin or drown in damnation, and the band sound like they're in the throes of ecstasy while doing it. Delta Machine, the band's 13th album, feeds off this negative energy and winds like a snake the whole time, slithering through a well-written ten songs from Martin Gore with three coming from Gahan and lusciously recorded set of serpentine siren songs behind the boards there's Playing the Angel and Sounds of the Universe producer Ben Hillier, plus longtime asset Flood providing the mix. "Heaven" is a simmering ballad, combining the sexy and lusty attitude of "Personal Jesus" with the reserve of their 2005 hit "Precious." The great "Alone" seems the quintessential post-millennial Depeche track with music that glitches, groans, and somehow grabs the listener, while the lyrics give away the big conundrum "I couldn't tell if you were blessed or cursed," which is the sexiest trait ever according to the Mode. With some blues-rock guitar and the darkest synthetic landscape underneath, key track "Slow" is a lusty wish to delay la petit mort, while "Should Be Higher" suggests "When the shame and the guilt are removed and the truth will appear" as if the Rocky Horror Picture Show's "Don't Dream It, Be It" traded its camp for carnal desire. "Should Be Higher" is also one of the rare moments where the beat is pushed, so those who still expect the dancefloor side of the group will be disappointed with this slower set. Those who don't buy into the dark eroticism that drives the album will be disappointed as well, but don't mistake "dour" for "down for it" when it comes dressed-in-leather pants, because the simmering and dark Delta Machine is certainly the latter. [The Deluxe Edition adds four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 887654606327
  • Catalog Number: 546063
  • Sales rank: 34,578

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Welcome to My World (4:56)
  2. 2 Angel (3:57)
  3. 3 Heaven (4:05)
  4. 4 Secret to the End (5:12)
  5. 5 My Little Universe (4:24)
  6. 6 Slow (3:45)
  7. 7 Broken (3:58)
  8. 8 The Child Inside (4:16)
  9. 9 Soft Touch/Raw Nerve (3:26)
  10. 10 Should Be Higher (5:04)
  11. 11 Alone (4:29)
  12. 12 Soothe My Soul (5:22)
  13. 13 Goodbye (5:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Long Time Lie (4:23)
  2. 2 Happnes All the Time (4:20)
  3. 3 Always (5:07)
  4. 4 All That's Mine (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Depeche Mode Primary Artist
David Gahan Group Member
Martin Gore Group Member
Andy Fletcher Group Member
Technical Credits
David Gahan Composer
Martin Gore Composer
Anton Corbijn Images
Ben Hillier Producer
Anja Grabert Images
Bunt Stafford-Clark Mastering
Kurt Uenala Composer, Programming, Vocal Engineer
Dan Tobiason Sound Design
Christoffer Berg Programming
Ferg Peterkin Engineer
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  • Posted March 26, 2013

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    As with most likely millions of others around the world, ┬┐Enjoy

    As with most likely millions of others around the world, “Enjoy The Silence” was one of my first musical introductions to the group. I had to be around 9-10 years old when I first saw the music video to “Enjoy The Silence” on what was either MTV or VH1 (I admit that I forgot which one). Fast forward years later (around 2002), and my then boyfriend (who is luckily now my current husband) re-introduces me to Depeche Mode through the Exciter cd. Back in January 2005, my husband also purchased the Singles 86>98 collection for me as a gift to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.
    As a result, I am familiar with Depeche Mode and was eager to hear the new songs from “Delta Machine”, especially after getting a chance to listen to “Heaven.” “Welcome To My World”, “Angel”, “Secret To The End”, “Should Be Higher”, “Soothe My Soul”, and “Always” are some of the other candid and compelling music tracks on this cd. The other strong feature to this collection is the balance of various music elements with the range of songs. “Delta Machine” by Depeche Mode is good for those who like electronica music.

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