Monday, March 18, 2013

Depeche Mode - Delta Machine (2013)
After 2009's rather disappointing "Sounds of the Universe," the biggest name in electronic music is back with their most diverse and creative album to date. Though some songs are similar to "Sounds," "Delta Machine" features a nod to almost every album/style in the band's career plus brand new styles. In particular, songs like "Goodbye" and "Slow" have a distinctive blues influence while "My Little Universe" is the most experimental, Thom Yorke-esque track DM have ever created. Basically, there's something for everyone on this album. But while the diversity of this album is an admirable trait, it also makes it harder for longtime DM fans such as myself to digest and compare it with their older albums. Tentatively, I will say that "Delta Machine" is about on par with "Playing the Angel" and possibly "Exciter" though definitely not on par with "Violator" and "Ultra" (my two favorites). But regardless of how it ranks up, it's still a really enjoyable album that shows just how viable and creative this legendary band is even this late in their career.

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