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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 18, 2012
    80
    [Dave Gahan's] trademark delivery brings the gravitas to Machin's creeping strings-swaddled, Morricone-like mood. [Jun 2012, p.87]
  2. 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.
  3. May 21, 2012
    80
    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.
  4. May 21, 2012
    70
    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
    This is the stuff of Hollywood film soundtracks, and Gahan's robust baritone is a perfect fit for the proceedings.
  6. 70
    The Light the Dead See is an album you listen to late at night, possibly in the dark, and absolutely alone.
  7. May 23, 2012
    50
    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
    9
    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 inAn 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