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  • Mezzanine

    • 6 out of 10
    • Massive Attack
    • "Black Milk" knocks me off my feet in this collection of moody and eclectic songs. Massive Attack uses samples and keyboards in a very unique way, but not all the songs pack the same punch.

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    • 10 out of 10
    • Brother Love
    • Killer grooves, catchy riffs, edgy vocals with oh-so-just-right layered harmonies, and a drive that will move even YOU out of your chair, Brother Love's initial release is what rock and roll should be
  • Life's Rich Pageant

    • 8 out of 10
    • R.E.M.
    • 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
  • Spilt Milk

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    • Jellyfish
    • The second and final album from this power-pop group makes me wish Jellyfish had been able to make just one more record together. The album is best enjoyed as a whole piece, flowing from one track to
  • Haunted

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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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