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  • Suspended Animation

    • 8 out of 10
    • Fantomas
    • Mike Patton may well be one of the hardest working men in showbiz these days, and his latest with Fantômas underscores just about how far out he is willing to travel.

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    • In the long series of R.E.M.'s evolution, this album (finally?) showcases their ability to capture on tape what had been happening in the live for years: heartfelt, sweat-filled performances that just
  • Bowie at Beeb: Best of BBC Radio 68-72

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    • David Bowie
    • The companion CD to a BBC television concert, BBC Radio Theatre has some of the best renditions of many of Bowie's best songs throughout his career. "I'm Afraid of Americans" is substantial

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iTunes Music Review - Playing the Angel

  • Playing the Angel

    • 8 out of 5
    • Depeche Mode
    • Reviewed by Dane Blanchard
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    • Oddly enough, Playing The Angel is a return to form for Depeche Mode, even though it may well be argued that they never truly deviated from their roots in their more recent offerings. In their strongest and most well-rounded release since 1993's Songs of Faith and Devotion, the band makes dark sexy and dirty danceable all over again with a collection of infectious and hypnotic tunes.

      Starting off as a sinister party record, Playing The Angel progressively turns emotionally sour, with lyrics becoming murkier amidst songs in minor keys. As with most Depeche Mode albums, this one is not without its superfluous artsy deviations, but they never draw the listener too far out of the vibe.

      The success of Depeche Mode is largely attributable to their mixing cold electronic sounds with the unexpected warmth of those that are very organic. Playing The Angel underscores that idea.

     

     

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