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    • 10 out of 10
    • Bauhaus
    • Go Away White is an album I've been waiting more than 20 years to hear, and the good news is that it was worth the wait.  The latest -- and last, no...for real this time -- album from

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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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