Album Review : DELTA MACHINE

Artist            :        DEPECHE MODE

Genre           :        ALTERNATIVE ROCK / ROCK

Date Released:         2013

During the eighties, this band was very fond of doing upbeat songs with happy lyrics.  As years progressed, the members matured so are their songs thus you have albums like “Songs of Faith and Devotion” and music such as “Personal Jesus and Enjoy The Silence.”  This serene mood continued up to their current release which is “Delta Machine.”
The moment you heard the first song “Welcome To My World,” you know that you are indeed in for a ride into the current world of Depeche Mode.

The first few bars of “Welcome To My World” suggest a very dark mood will ensue while listening to this album.  However, the lyrics are not that dark instead, it embraces someone to unload his or excess baggage and let emotions flow.  “Angel” seems like a continuation of “Personal Jesus” musically and lyrically.  It is quite very strange listening to “Heaven,” because the moment you are done listening with the song, you have this feeling that this album might end up as gospel rock album because of the subtle religious themes so far by the time you reach this song.

“Secret To The End” is a break up song but musically, it is like a throwback to nineties rock, in fact sounds like a U2 song during their Zooropa days.  The good thing about this song is that the other partner is taking the blame on why the relationship has to end.  “My Little Universe” is some kind of a Radiohead like song.  It sounds too experimental for used to be pop band.  “Slow” is a bluesy but erotic; it tells about seduction more instead of satisfying lust.

After listening to first six songs, you might be disappointed if you cannot appreciate the whole experiment so far Depeche Mode concoct in this record.  One thing is sure that at this point is that you are looking for the usual Depeche Mode record and fortunately you have it with “Broken.”  It has a good melody and structured like any of their old 80’s song. The same can be said about “Soft Touch Ra Nerve” The song “The Child Inside” has certain kind of sinister because of its musical structure which is like a soundtrack of any horror movies.

Listening to “Should Be Higher” and “Sooth My Soul” are like listening to “Personal Jesus” again and at this point, you realized that many of the songs you heard prior to this did have some chord progression of their earlier albums.  Well, this is not ripping off, since the similarities are limited to their own songs; it is like revisiting early creations.  “Alone” is like “finally this record has a place of its own.”  It’s like a demo that was never polished.

If you mix country and industrial music, you have this record “Goodbye.”  The title is quite ironical since it tells more of a celebration instead of wallowing in pain and other negative emotions brought by goodbyes.  The album also contained a second CD which has bonus tracks but only “All That’s Mine” is worth listening to.

For all its experimentation and paying homage to their early works, the album is more than fine thus, I give this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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