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Delta Machine
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As Depeche More are ageing, their focus is shifting, opening up new avenues soundwise. More raw and visceral than ever before, "Delta machine" maintains the classic DM element while also boasting a more mature overall sound, with strikingly minimal, warmer electronic elements, evoking moody techno more than the bouncy synth-pop most would expect from them. The thematology of sex, faith, religion, and death, comes as no exception again, but this time there's a strident bluesy feel running through the album, echoing the electro-blues of "Personal Jesus" from their 1990 "Violator" seminal album. While last album, "Sounds of the universe", proved a traditional DM affair sonically, "Machine" is clearly more energetic and bold, aiming to excite rather than just please.

Amid trembling beats, pulsating bass, choral hermonies, and soaring strings, the majority of the tracks is rather impressive. "Secret to the end" and "Broken" are deliriously infectious; "Soft touch/Raw nerve" is a delicious throwback to the band's more pop-orientated material; "My little universe" is pure minimalistic brilliance, while "Should be higher" is an absolute standout, a true DM delight. "Delta machine" is an exciting, accomplished and compelling record. Simultaneously feeding from their back catalogue, and pushing the band furthermore, it is a creative piece of work that sits comfortably alongside DM's finest moments. A truly great band, "Depeche" cannot be more ironic a name for them, really. In a time where pretty much everything is "depeche", they most certainly are not.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2013
I recently upgraded my system and started increasing my large vinyl collection. The first notes of side one exploded from the speakers and sent a shiver down my spine. This is as good as Modes best and is in fact possibly the best work they have released to date! A very interesting, engaging, dynamic album which has a familiar classic electronic Mode sound, but with a very up to date, experimental, dark twist. A MUST HAVE album! The vinyl pressing is one of the best heavy vinyls I've heard. Dead silent background, and it blows away the CD version. Frighteningly dynamic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2013
This is a fantastic album from Depeche Mode , so good I can't stop listening to it ! Having been to see them in London they are as good live as they are on the CD ! Amazing how good they still are after all this time , the songs and sounds are just fab , a must listen to for any fan .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2013
I like Depeche Mode and was happy to hear of this release.

I think it's a good album, but not great, but I suppose I am pitting it up against the like of Violator.

It's good for a hardened fan of Depeche, but if you are new to this band do not start here.
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on 3 April 2013
This isn't a review as such, but a complaint that I simply cannot resolve. My neatly packaged and shrink wrapped copy arrived last Monday. Excellent - until I opened it, and it contains no download code or weblink address to obtain said download. Am I just missing something somewhere, or have I obtained a 'dud' copy? I have approached the official DM forum, who haven't even bothered to acknowledge receipt of my registration/question, same with Columbia records. Not very good customer relations. I can't blame Amazon for this oversight as they're not the ones who packaged the original copy! Anybody have any suggestions, as I'm tearing my hair out! Thank you!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2013
This album is their best since Ultra. We have had the no so good 'Exciter' stage, the getting better 'Playing the Angel' stage and the sonically wrong and poor lyrics of 'Sounds of the Universe' stage. Now, finally we have a real mode album. Full of excellent songs that are memorable and technically excellent (something that I thought they could not achieve without Wilder). Lets hope that Flood is involved again in some way on the next album (producer please!!), and ya never know maybe a certain Mr Wilder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2013
As with most Depeche Mode albums they take a few plays before they start to make an impression. Became a DM fan a few years ago and find the music innovative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2013
Just seen Depeche Mode live at Athens and they were brilliant! Had to get the cd and I'm very impressed. Every track is original and exciting. A great buy!
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Loved it from the opening track. This is the best album DM have released for years. Dark, moody and uplifting all at the same time. Lyrically great, musically brilliant. I purchased the vinyl version and its great, no background noise at all. The best heavyweight vinyl I have bought. You get a voucher to download a digital version of the album too! Bargain! Standout tracks for me are welcome to my world, angel and secret to the end but there is not a bad track on here. Definately worth a listen.
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on 30 May 2013
I bought this album right when it was released and read many good reviews on it. Unfortunately, I was very dissapointed after I heard it for the first time, and it was almost the same after the next times I gave it a try. Something changed after I saw Depeche Mode live on Delta Machine Tour, and I realized how dark, deep and beautiful Delta Machine is! It's typical Depeche Mode - you don't like it when you first hear it, but later you discover the perfect beauty hidden inside.
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