Average User Score: 7.8Aug 29, 2013I'm sorry, this is a low level.. Sad to say, because Depeche Mode used to be great, and really one of my favorites. With this album, they'reI'm sorry, this is a low level.. Sad to say, because Depeche Mode used to be great, and really one of my favorites. With this album, they're just a bleak shadow of themselves. Part of this is probably the production by Hillier but the songs are also mostly slow, sluggish, stilted, bluesinfested and without any trace of development. The most appropriate title on a song here is "Slow", humping along with a slow bluesbeat, and not arriving anywhere.
And I have tried, I've listened to the album again and again and again. It just doesn't move me. A Depeche Mode album used to be a joyride but this is just like watching paint dry. At all times I am tempted to press the forward button or skip to next track. That's not the way a Depeche album should be in my opinion.
"Soft touch" actually has a promising start, but then it just keeps repeating ad infinitum without adding anything. "Should be Higher" is also aptly named it has a promising theme, but it should get somewhere higher. "Goodbye" Please return to form with better songs and better production.… Expand