• Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: May 22, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Mojo
    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
    There's tenderness, too, but Gahan's brooding power is central to possibly his best work since Depeche's 1990 Violator.
  5. Jul 2, 2012
    The Light the Dead See achieves a result all too hard to pull off - it is theatrical without feeling like an act, saturated with atmosphere without being swamped in it.
  6. 70
    This is the stuff of Hollywood film soundtracks, and Gahan's robust baritone is a perfect fit for the proceedings.
  7. 70
    The Light the Dead See is an album you listen to late at night, possibly in the dark, and absolutely alone.
  8. Uncut
    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]
  9. Q Magazine
    Jun 21, 2012
    Their first album since 2009's Broken, gains strength from being all Gahan, all the time. [Jun 2012, p.111]
  10. A barrel of laughs it ain't. Over sparse, semi-orchestral backing, Gahan tackles the big ones.
  11. 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 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. Full Review »