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  • Summary: The British duo worked with Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan on The Light the Dead See.
  • Record Label: Mute
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Electronica, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Downbeat
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 18, 2012
    [Dave Gahan's] trademark delivery brings the gravitas to Machin's creeping strings-swaddled, Morricone-like mood. [Jun 2012, p.87]
  2. May 21, 2012
    The Light the Dead See [is] not just an exciting meeting of troubled minds, but a well designed full-length, offering a persuasive rainy day soundtrack that works even when there's not a cloud in the sky.
  3. 80
    Initially it's strange to hear that instantly identifiable baritone clashing with organic, rough-edged guitars, dirty Hammond organ, and delicate strings rather than the cold electronics of the day job, but it soon reveals itself to be a perfect pairing.
  4. May 21, 2012
    The ingrained instinct for grandiosity can grate, but Gahan has never sounded better, his voice bringing power, purpose and unity to a project that's previously delivered less than thew sum of its parts. [Jun 2012, p.83]
  5. 70
    The Light the Dead See is an album you listen to late at night, possibly in the dark, and absolutely alone.
  6. Jun 21, 2012
    Their first album since 2009's Broken, gains strength from being all Gahan, all the time. [Jun 2012, p.111]
  7. May 23, 2012
    The Light the Dead See is a good and, at times, even great album. It just ultimately fails to live up to the standard set by its predecessors.

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  1. Jun 24, 2013
    An amazing album. Tracks 1,8 & 10 are outstanding. Even if you weren't a Depeche Mode fan this album carries its own weight. Very spiritual in its tone and lyrics. Soft and not quite haunting but soulful would be a good word. It's an album that is great to listen to while contemplating life, love or loss. Anybody familiar with Depeche Mode or David's solo work will appreciate the mellowness and lack of heavy electronics. Instantly a great album. Expand