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Playing the Angel

Depeche Mode Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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4. The Sinner In Me (Album Version)
5. Precious (Album Version)
6. Macro (Album Version)
7. I Want It All (Album Version)
8. Nothing's Impossible (Album Version)
9. Introspectre (Album Version)
10. Damaged People (Album Version)
11. Lilian (Album Version)
12. The Darkest Star (Album Version)

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The blasphemous opinions surrounding Depeche Mode's 2001 release Exciter were well warranted. Exciter didn't supply Depeche Mode diehards much in the way of dance tunes, and the experimental sounds drummed up by Bjork producer Mark Bell strayed from the industrial standard in an overly delicate, less than welcoming way. True fans, luckily, forgive and forget and as well they should, given Playing the Angel's return to dark, brooding greatness. The first single "Precious" is an emotionally loaded, characteristically long faced, distortion-pocked masterwork - a "Personal Jesus" level accomplishment. Also on that order are "Suffer Well;" the droning, lovely and altogether danceable "Lillian"; "I Want it All," whose muffled beats and blasts of suck-you-in static recall the industrial glory days; and the simple, synthy exercise in hyper-intelligent pop that is "John the Revelator." Those songs make it easy to salute the band for parting the sea of imitators and returning to its roots, but an obvious stain prevents Playing the Angel from being a perfect album. Two tracks are the problem: Martin Gore may be a brilliant lyricist, he wrote every song on Playing the Angel, but pull David Gahan away from the mike and pretentiousness prevails. Some will find "Macrovision" lovely, but it's arguable that there's no room for trilling on a Depeche Mode disc. The same goes for "Damaged People," a dangerous, show-tune-ish flirtation. A couple of clunkers don't spoil the lot, though, and this return to form will alienate few. All hail the 80s. --Tammy La Gorce

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Depeche Mode ~ Playing The Angel (U.S. Release

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the album, loved the tour. Love DM. April 2 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Depeche Mode still does for me today what they did back in the 90's. They invoke all kinds of perceptions and emotions that make their craft truly exceptional.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This album is Precious. Nov. 8 2005
Format:Audio CD
Every song on this album is Depeche Mode, every song including the two (Macro & Damaged People) sung by Gore are Good, Bass is beautiful, and the more you listen to "Playing the Angel", the better it gets. Nothing trendy here, just Depeche Mode.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Comeback, but a far cry from GREAT! Oct. 26 2005
By Pierre
Format:Audio CD
Let me start by saying that I am a fanatic of Depeche Mode! By far their GREATEST ever released cd is Depeche Mode 101!
Their latest escapade has in my opinion only 2 GREAT songs[Tracks 1 & 11 on the CD] and a good song[Track 2 on the cd].
Too bad the BOYS could not "Come Back" with more panache!
Is it worth the $13.99...YES!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars after a quick sample of the album... Oct. 2 2005
Format:Audio CD
Surely 5 stars after full listen! I just listened to 30-second clips from each song and can't wait to get my copy on the 18th of October! It sounds as though Depeche Mode have gone back to their roots and have created a neo-new-wave masterpiece. Considering these guys are the Godfathers of new wave back in the day... that's pretty impressive!!!
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This is Pretty Good, if you were holding your breath to see if Dm would arrive again -Snag it! I liked John the Revelator, I want it all, suffer well(Real good!) ,lilian; full of surprises : the good news. Not as much dynamical (i forgot the term Used for Led Zepp's remasters!) this one,the worse news.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!!! Feb. 5 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am Depeche Mode fan since early 80's, I have all their albums and many singles remix. I found this is the best DM album since Alan Wilder's departure. No need to say "Precious" is great, other good songs are "A Pain that I'm Used to", "John the Revelator", "Suffer Well", "The Sinner in Me" & "Lilian". I probably add more as I continue to listen more.
Many people like to compare this album with their best ever DM album "Violator". If you are OLD DM fan, you would be excited again with album. I have listened to it many times, and continue to listen more.....
Finally, DM is back!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Violator Feb. 5 2006
By S. Rowe
Format:Audio CD
Invest some time with this album, it's worth it. I have loved almost everything DM have done over their 25 years. Violator was undoubtedly the best but I have to say this album ranks next to it.
Well done DM!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DM albums always need time to grow on you Nov. 18 2005
By dave
Format:Audio CD
Playing the Angel is as brilliant as it is dark. An absolutely fantastic album that will grow on you after time whether you've been a fan since '81, or you are just getting to know them. This album was well worth the 4 year wait it's been since the last release.....you WONT be disappointed!
Trust me, Depeche Mode ALWAYS needs quite a few play throughs before you can really get a true appreciation of the material (even exciter)!
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