As seems to be the case with Depeche, the second single is typically the stunner. The album mix is very good to begin with however Danny Tenaglia's Labor of Love edit brings out the thump in a big way while at the same time paying strange homage to two obscure and very old DM tracks - Nothing to Fear, an instrumental from the band's 1982 album, A Broken Frame, and Shout, the b-side of the New Life single. I think this pretty much establishes Tengalias credentials as a Mode fan. Somehow he manages to create alchemy between new and old. It works. You will shake your arse.
Thomas Brinkmann's mix is forgetable although he works some nice vocal harmonies towards the end.
The Chamber's remix is a nice blend of Gahan/Gore harmonies but nothing to write home about.
The instrumental is quite good. The jazzy splash of piano reminds me a bit of Moby.
Dirt is a lot of fun and altogether a more satisfying cover than than the silly Route 66 of circa 1987. Gahan brings his throat along for the ride and makes the most of camp - an element sorely missed in Depeche, I'm afraid. I wouldn't go so far as to say that Gahan is 'channeling' Iggy Pop but he does have the pipes for it now. I doubt he could have pulled this off ten years ago.
The ROM material is a nice extra. I don't happen to think that the iconography of this particular album - California clean-and-bright by the poolside - is all that compelling, at least not when compared to say, Music For the Masses' megaphones or the Violator rose.