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  Depeche Mode: Playing the Angel
  "Playing the Angel"

Depeche Mode
Track listing:
  1. A Pain That I'm Used To
2. John the Revelator
3. Suffer Well
4. The Sinner in Me
5. Precious
6. Macro
7. I Want It All
8. Nothing's Impossible
9. Introspectre
10. Damaged People
11. Lilian
12. The Darkest Star
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Review by Beck February 27, 2006 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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This is Depeche Mode's best album since Violator. My only criticism is that some tracks sound incredibly similar to those on Violator! I agree there are 2 'duds' but enough single material on this album to already generate 3 x 3-part UK singles!) (2 Part CD Single and DVD singles). Incredibly catchy and depressing at times, this album lives up to the tagline on the back of 'Pain and Suffering in Various Tempos'

The sonics are interesting. As an 80's teenager, I used to play keyboards and listening closely to the album there is so much background noise/harshness that was deliberately NOT cleaned up and mellowed out. It adds a real sense of edge to the sound. I wonder if they program their own keyboards, as this is a skill which is increasingly given to techs. I'm fascinated by the synth sounds, new and 'old-school' on this album

By the way, if nobody has noticed, the Canadian and US versions of the double CD are SOLD OUT JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE so are sure to become collector's items. I already have Speak & Spell, Violator, and Music for The Masses (SACD + DVD Audio editions) on preorder from a UK supplier and if they are released in the US I suggest you hurry on these titles that have just been added (see the new entries here at

Highly recommended, and not just for DM fans...One of the best of 2005/6

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Review by vonwegen November 12, 2005 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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DP's umpteenth album is pretty much consistent with their most popular ones: it's catchy, somber, and deals with all the usual DP themes of alienation, sin and redemption. It has got a few clunkers like "Macro" and "Lillian" (great melody but the lyrics stink!). If you love them, you will have to buy this, especially for the chance to hear them in MC. There are lots of neat sound effects in the song intros and outros that actively use the surrounds, and the 5.1 mix allows you to hear subtle guitar lines that really are not so noticeable in the stereo mix.

Best tracks? "A Pain that I'm Used To", "John The Relevator", "The Sinner In Me" and "Nothing's Impossible".

This album probably won't win over any new converts, but it is a good, solid addition to their catalogue.

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Review by Mickname June 8, 2006 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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A nice album from Depeche Mode. Especially tracks 1-5 in multichannel. When I heard the album in Stereo I hear almost no difference between the SACD stereo or the regular CD version. Only the CD version has more bass (but that can be the setup of my Denon AV receiver)In multichannel the album comes more alive! Although "Violator" sounds better. I'm curious what "Ultra" and "Songs of Faith and Devotion" will bring in SACD!

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