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Playing the Angel
Depeche Mode
Playing the Angel
Genres: Alternative Rock, International Music, Pop, Rock
The blasphemous opinions surrounding Depeche Mode's 2001 release Exciter were well warranted. Exciter didn't supply Depeche Mode diehards much in the way of dance tunes, and the experimental sounds drummed up by Bjork prod...  more »


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All Artists: Depeche Mode
Title: Playing the Angel
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: EMI Europe Generic
Release Date: 10/17/2005
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, International Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093624934820, 094634057707, 0094634057707, 094634020114, 094635028966, 094634057707

The blasphemous opinions surrounding Depeche Mode's 2001 release Exciter were well warranted. Exciter didn't supply Depeche Mode diehards much in the way of dance tunes, and the experimental sounds drummed up by Bjork producer Mark Bell strayed from the industrial standard in an overly delicate, less than welcoming way. True fans, luckily, forgive and forget and as well they should, given Playing the Angel's return to dark, brooding greatness. The first single "Precious" is an emotionally loaded, characteristically long faced, distortion-pocked masterwork - a "Personal Jesus" level accomplishment. Also on that order are "Suffer Well;" the droning, lovely and altogether danceable "Lillian"; "I Want it All," whose muffled beats and blasts of suck-you-in static recall the industrial glory days; and the simple, synthy exercise in hyper-intelligent pop that is "John the Revelator." Those songs make it easy to salute the band for parting the sea of imitators and returning to its roots, but an obvious stain prevents Playing the Angel from being a perfect album. Two tracks are the problem. Some will find "Macrovision" lovely, but it's arguable that there's no room for trilling on a Depeche Mode disc. The same goes for "Damaged People," a dangerous, show-tune-ish flirtation. A couple of clunkers don't spoil the lot, though, and this return to form will alienate few. All hail the 80s. --Tammy La Gorce

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Reviewed on 3/26/2014...
I liked a couple of songs on this album, but they were songs I already appreciated. My hope was to discover one or two songs that hadn't heard and would enjoy.
Marie B. (twinmarie) from CARROLLTON, TX
Reviewed on 5/6/2008...
This is an excellent comback CD. I have had compliments on it from my auto "fix-it man". As he listened to it as he fixed my car. It is a bit untraditional and different...Take a may like it.

Marie B

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This is not their darkest album
Rock | San Diego, (so)Cal | 05/13/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"and to call it that is simply a huge overstatement. The darkest album by Depeche Mode BY FAR is Black Celebration, a musical tour de force by a group that knew what they were doing. This album is just so so. Neither great, neither good, neither unlistenable. It' just kind of "there". it has the big emotional hit that sounds like Depeche Mode still has it (Precious), but that's it. I loved almost everything DM did up to their so so album Ultra. In retrospect, I even liked that album more than I thought I did. But Exciter (just awful) and this thing....just not doing it for me. I want DM to be great again. They deserve it. They have been around for THIRTY YEARS (which shows how long I've been a fan). And I want to like the new album Sounds of the Universe and give it a try, but from what I can tell by the singles and the samples, I might be dissapointed. I think I'll go into my time capsule now, close the door, and listen to Violater, Music for the Masses, and 101."
This album can do no wrong...seriously
Diane Lafving | Dallas, TX | 05/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've just finished my first listen of the entire album, and I am freaking speechless. Normally I only like a couple of songs from albums (and in some cases bands altogether) but this album is just one hit out of the park after another. I'm amazed that a band that's been around this long still has the mmph to put out addictive, intoxicating, TRULY STELLAR music like this. There's a DARK TONE to a lot of the songs that very few people have dared to even attempt, and they pull it off beautifully.
I can't throw out a couple of favorites because they're ALL incredible for one reason or another. There's NOT A SOUR NOTE in all 12 tracks. I don't just recommend this to DM fans, I recommend this to anyone who likes music with an 80s vibe."