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Old 03-22-2013, 08:19 PM   #561
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Damn, just looked it up. Those are Dave's only 3 on the album. Good for him. I was going to come post a snarky post yesterday about how obvious his songs are. So wrong
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:52 PM   #562
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Having my first listen to Delta Machine right now. I'm afraid it really lags in the middle.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:30 PM   #563
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You can watch the full SXSW set here:

Yahoo!

Looks like its pretty much the same (short) setlist as the Letterman performance, with the addition of "Only When I Lose Myself".
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:07 AM   #564
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I get the feeling this one is a grower. Highlights for me on first listen were Angel, Heaven (which sounds much better in context), and Alone. The MVP has got to be Dave - his vocals just continue to get more evocative and nuanced on each album. I think I agree with DB that the middle could have been trimmed a bit, though.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:12 AM   #565
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I'd cut out Slow and Child Inside. That would make for a less saggy album.

I also feel like Angel and Raw Nerve need a lot of work. The lyrics are horrendous and they just feel thrown together. They have great elements, but feel half baked. I do like when the timing of Angel changes in the middle however.
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I'd cut out Slow and Child Inside. That would make for a less saggy album.

I also feel like Angel and Raw Nerve need a lot of work. The lyrics are horrendous and they just feel thrown together. They have great elements, but feel half baked. I do like when the timing of Angel changes in the middle however.
I'd cut those 2 too. And substitute for All That's Mine and Happens All The Time (if the album must had the same number of tracks).
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So Pitchfork gave it a 5...
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:48 AM   #568
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So Pitchfork gave it a 5...
"People who make machines use the term 'delta' to mean 'change.'"

Fuck, I can't stand pitchfork
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:13 PM   #569
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Pitchfork has never held DM in high regard, which is odd considering the adulation they throw at New Order.
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I'm sorry, but I have to say that I COMPLETELY agree with this part of the review:

"But they stopped pushing forward long ago, and now they don't even bother pretending technology has opened up any possibilities for recorded sound in the past 20 years. Now they're just extruding a new album once in a while, reconfiguring the grooves and keywords of the albums from the period when they were a force in pop, without the push toward new noises and uncertain feelings that made that music powerful. There is not a single moment of shock or freshness on Delta Machine, and it's enormously frustrating to hear what was once a band of futurists so deeply mired in resisting change."
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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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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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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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