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Old 03-29-2013, 03:01 PM   #571
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I didn't say the album is anything unexpected. I just hate the way pitchfork writes. That's one of the worst opening sentences I've ever read
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Artistic innovation is primarily a young person's game. I don't really expect Depeche Mode, or U2 for that matter, to really push the pop music envelope anymore.

Agree with JT; that's how I might have started an English paper in ninth grade. It's right up there with "Webster's dictionary defines 'delta' as..."
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:15 PM   #573
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Artistic innovation is primarily a young person's game. I don't really expect Depeche Mode, or U2 for that matter, to really push the pop music envelope anymore.

Agree with JT; that's how I might have started an English paper in ninth grade. It's right up there with "Webster's dictionary defines 'delta' as..."
Very true on the first bit and funny and true on the second hahaha

Also, where the hell is he getting the connection between Little Universe and Leave in Silence???
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I listened to about half of it on Spotify this week, and didn't think much of it. Oh well.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:29 PM   #575
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I listened to about half of it on Spotify this week, and didn't think much of it. Oh well.
Turns out it's a bit of a grower, but even then, it's nothing that will blow your mind. There are a handful of songs that I genuinely enjoy listening to
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As a big fan, I'm pleased with it. But it's certainly not going to win many converts. That said, I don't think the band really cares about that at this point in their career.
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I didn't say the album is anything unexpected. I just hate the way pitchfork writes. That's one of the worst opening sentences I've ever read
Jive, my comment wasn't directed at you. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I just read your post and then went and read the Pitchfork article (and agreed with that last paragraph).

I agree, and understand, that invention is a young artist's game. But aside from not pushing new ground, I just don't find their last few outputs even memorable. Even if the songs were safe, but catchy, like 'Barrel Of A Gun', 'Home', 'It's No Good', 'Suffer Well', I would be happy, but these last 2 albums have just had songs that slip right through my mind after hearing them.

Kind of like a certain Irish band I happen to love, I grew up with DM in the 80's and, for me, that's where my heart will always be as far as they're concerned.
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Jive, my comment wasn't directed at you. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I just read your post and then went and read the Pitchfork article (and agreed with that last paragraph).

I agree, and understand, that invention is a young artist's game. But aside from not pushing new ground, I just don't find their last few outputs even memorable. Even if the songs were safe, but catchy, like 'Barrel Of A Gun', 'Home', 'It's No Good', 'Suffer Well', I would be happy, but these last 2 albums have just had songs that slip right through my mind after hearing them.

Kind of like a certain Irish band I happen to love, I grew up with DM in the 80's and, for me, that's where my heart will always be as far as they're concerned.
Barrel of a gun was anything but safe. Very bold 1st single and a real departure in terms of sound.

Every DM album till Playing the Angel had at least a classic DM song. The last two albums have none.
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The new album has inspired me to go back and listen to their back catalog, some of which I literally haven't heard in 20 years.
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Jive, my comment wasn't directed at you. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I just read your post and then went and read the Pitchfork article (and agreed with that last paragraph).
Oh, no, I know. I was more just adding to my original comment in light of what you had posted
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Every DM album till Playing the Angel had at least a classic DM song. The last two albums have none.
I can't really agree with that. Wrong and Come Back are strong tunes even if they are not in the vein of what might be considered classic DM, i.e. Music for the Masses through Songs of Faith & Devotion. I'm digging Angel and Heaven from the new one quite a bit as well.

Granted, none of the four tracks I just mentioned are in the same league as something like Enjoy the Silence or Walking in My Shoes, but they're fine additions to the catalogue nonetheless.
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I can't really agree with that. Wrong and Come Back are strong tunes even if they are not in the vein of what might be considered classic DM, i.e. Music for the Masses through Songs of Faith & Devotion. I'm digging Angel and Heaven from the new one quite a bit as well.

Granted, none of the four tracks I just mentioned are in the same league as something like Enjoy the Silence or Walking in My Shoes, but they're fine additions to the catalogue nonetheless.
I really like those songs plus Little Universe, Broken, Secret to the end and All that's mine. But i really don't think they are among their top 20 or even 30.
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Finally took my first listen through this. There were a few good songs, but if I had to sum up this album in one word, "lifeless" comes to mind.

Let's see if it grows on me.
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Finally took my first listen through this. There were a few good songs, but if I had to sum up this album in one word, "lifeless" comes to mind.

Let's see if it grows on me.
It grows a little. I'd grade it as a 6 out of 10. At first listen, i gave it a 4.
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4 to 6 is growing "a little"?
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