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Old 03-18-2013, 12:41 AM   #541
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Seeing as I've never actually listened to a depeche mode album in full, I should cobbler the new one and see if it makes JT have a stroke.


Or I can just give songs of faith and devotion another try--which is actually what I've been doing for the past four songs. Something clicked about halfway through "walking in my shoes," and I get it now. This is actually good, and actually sounds pretty fucking awesome now that I'm not a zombie like I was when it put me to sleep last time.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:26 AM   #542
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Who are you and what have you done with IWB?
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:35 AM   #543
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Depeche Mode punched some sense into her.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:44 AM   #544
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I hope she wasn't relying on their common decency.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:45 AM   #545
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It's crazy what happens when I actually get some sleep.

People are People is still a godawful song, though.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:57 AM   #546
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It really sounds thin. Damn... I had high hopes...
I feel like we listened to different albums. This is probably the most impressed I've been with a DM album since Ultra. I really like how many of the tunes seem inspired by Rush/In Your Room.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:11 AM   #547
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I feel like we listened to different albums. This is probably the most impressed I've been with a DM album since Ultra. I really like how many of the tunes seem inspired by Rush/In Your Room.
I feel that too. I love Ultra (probably my 2nd fave after Violator) and i'm not feeling this album.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:23 PM   #548
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been a fan for a long time now- but they're output post SOFAD has gone from good- some of Ultra through great- about 60% of Playing the Angel to utter turd- 95% of Exciter and all of Songs of the Universe

with Delta Machine we get the whole spectrum on one album- the good- Welcome to my world (or Pink Floyds's Welcome to the Machine), Broken, Angel, Secret to the End, the great- Soothe My Soul and the terrible- Slow, Little Universe, Child Inside, Should be Higher and the kinda meh- Heaven and Alone

I like the retro 80's synths- but the songs aren't quite there- and although I can't say this at the DM forum- as ever I still believe they need Alan Wilder to finish the songs properly- overall it's a 5/10 effort

but tomorrow morning I'll be playing the Hurts album on the way to work instead
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I like Secret To The End too.

But i found another thing that's bothering me: the crescendo is passing for a chorus in many of these songs. It should lead to the chorus, not be the chorus.

Many songs lose steam after the middle and they basically go nowhere.

And the album is very long. It should have been a 10 songs album.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:24 AM   #550
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I like Secret To The End too.

But i found another thing that's bothering me: the crescendo is passing for a chorus in many of these songs. It should lead to the chorus, not be the chorus.

Many songs lose steam after the middle and they basically go nowhere.

And the album is very long. It should have been a 10 songs album.
sgreed- I've already deleted 5 tracks from playlist- that get's it down to 40mins

don't see this album working well on the tour- it's all slow paced with little or no chorus- good news for the bars though!
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Have mixed feelings, most of the songs they played live , (Angel, Higher, Soothe, ST/RN)
Are great songs for live performance. Still have to listen to the album as a whole.
Higher is the stand out track for me by far. Lyrics are fucking g creepily great.
A true DM song. ST/RN seems to be one of Dave's punky-ish thinner songs. Just an uptempo no brainer for me. Angel and Soothe are lovely.
Loved Angel from the first time I heard it , and it doesn't seem to be fading at all.

Need to listen to the rest of the album now. I'm only judging this on the Letterman performance.


Pumped that they have a small EU winter leg after the US leg,
and that they are attending Amsterdam's new Ziggo Dome.
Sound in there is crisp clear, and it feels like an intimate club when inside (even though its an arena)
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:37 PM   #552
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Any of you guys think of While my Guitar Gently Weeps when listening to Heaven?
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:46 PM   #553
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Just heard it. Definitely a grower methinks. Out of the post-Alan Wilder era, it's leagues ahead of Exciter and Sounds of the Universe, about on par with Playing the Angel, but doesn't have the dark enchantment of Ultra. It always amuses me when people dismiss an album after one listen (I'm not taking aim at anyone here) but I never fully appraise an album until after several months.
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It always amuses me when people dismiss an album after one listen
I'd say the same thing about a person ranking an album after only one listen I mean, you've pretty much done exactly what OG and I did, only with the opposite opinion

After several more run throughs, my opinion remains. A few of the songs have revealed themselves a bit, but overall it's not very strong.
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Any of you guys think of While my Guitar Gently Weeps when listening to Heaven?
Not until you mentioned it, but I can hear it a bit now
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