Delta Machine

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Mar 26, 2013
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Mar 29, 2013
    60
    In spite (or maybe because) of their flaws, there's a vivid presence to tracks like "Heaven" and "My Little Universe" that fans will flock to and onlookers can't help but smile at. [May 2013, p.69]
  2. Oct 4, 2013
    40
    The camp is layered on thick, just as it always was, yet this time it crosses the thin line these electro pioneers once walked with ease.
  3. Apr 23, 2013
    60
    Despite many good songs on this album, you will definitely get a sense that Depeche Mode is in a holding pattern.
  4. Apr 15, 2013
    60
    Considering the odds, it shows an animated and still vigorous trio worthy of its semi-legendary status.
  5. Apr 9, 2013
    60
    Song titles like Soothe My Soul and The Child Inside suggest phoned-in conventionality, but there are edgy moments here. [May 2013, p.85]
  6. Where this album tries for a harder, more adventurous sound, they’re still stuck with one leg in leather trousers.
  7. Apr 4, 2013
    50
    Depeche Mode’s biggest crime is that they're just a bit boring.
  8. Mar 28, 2013
    50
    There is not a single moment of shock or freshness on Delta Machine, and it's enormously frustrating to hear what was once a band of futurists so deeply mired in resisting change.
  9. 50
    It’s hard to imagine anyone other than extreme DM reactionaries finding anything here essential besides the abovementioned tracks [“Soft Touch / Raw Nerve” and “Soothe My Soul”], the stirring “Secret To the End,” and the mid-tempo “Broken.
  10. Mar 25, 2013
    40
    As it stands, it's another tiresome release studded with a few gems.
  11. Surprises are few and what Delta Machine lacks is one big, arena-ready, fist-in-the-air synthpop stormer.
  12. Mar 25, 2013
    40
    It blows hot and cold.
  13. 40
    Depeche Mode's weakest album in some while.
  14. Mar 22, 2013
    55
    Depeche Mode click here slightly more often than not. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.91]
  15. Mar 21, 2013
    60
    On their 13th album, Depeche Mode are as hamstrung as ever by their refusal to admit even a chink of light into their world of gloom.... The flip side of the coin is that the austere music that accompanies all this darkness is often very beautiful.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. Mar 30, 2013
    9
    it's their best album in 15 years without a doubt. the sound it's just amazing. this mix of blues, synth-pop and dark ballads mix very well.it's their best album in 15 years without a doubt. the sound it's just amazing. this mix of blues, synth-pop and dark ballads mix very well. Dave gaham voice really amaze because he really push himself Full Review »
  2. Mar 26, 2013
    8
    Delta Machine, the new album from pop-electronic titans Depeche Mode marks a strong return for the trio with dark lyrics, powerful synths andDelta Machine, the new album from pop-electronic titans Depeche Mode marks a strong return for the trio with dark lyrics, powerful synths and Martin Gore’s trademark guitar sound. Welcome to My World kicks things off with cinematic sound, a huge chorus and industrial thumps, and deep lyrics sung by vocalist, Grahan.

    Angel, My Little Universe, Should be Higher, Alone and Soothe My Soul continue the album’s dark theme, and give Grahan a chance to perfect his crooning, aggressive voice. The album’s first single, Heaven, is melodic and atmosphere and slows down the pace.

    Alongside a few brooding industrial tracks, the album also showcases some pop-electronic sounds that are more reminiscent of the group’s early days—songs like Broken, Secret to the End (the album’s catchiest track) and Slow Touch Raw Nerve.

    Delta Machine’s final track, Goodbye, pulsates with incredible force, driven by a distinctive moody guitar riff, with the outro featuring a final clash of sounds and energy.

    This may not be an album that will welcome in new listeners, but it is sure to please old and new fans alike.
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  3. Apr 6, 2013
    10
    EXCELLENT. As a fan since 1987, I had become rather unimpressed with DM from "Exciter" onwards. The three albums which precede Delta MachineEXCELLENT. As a fan since 1987, I had become rather unimpressed with DM from "Exciter" onwards. The three albums which precede Delta Machine had some interesting moments, but were very inconsistent and rather "by the numbers" Depeche Mode. Delta Machine puts all that to rights.

    It's a record which pushes the boundaries of the band in the way that "Violater" and "Faith & Devotion" did. It doesn't really sound like those records, but the willingness to take chances and genuinely experiment is what makes it comparable. Stand outs for me include "Welcome", "Alone", "Soft Touch" and perhaps surprisingly the Dave Gahan penned "Higher" and "Broken" despite its rather mediocre lyrics.

    A definite classic album which I have no doubt will be widely acknowledged as such in the years to come.
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