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Delta Machine (Deluxe)

March 26, 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 22, 2013
  • Release Date: March 22, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:14:48
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  • ASIN: B00BU2SIW4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,364 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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DM is one of DM's best albums.
Took me a few listens to get into the entire album - but I absolutely love it.
This album has feeling and intensity just like all other DM albums.

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83 of 93 people found the following review helpful By M. Lohrke VINE VOICE on March 26, 2013
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After 12 albums, untold millions of fans and album sales, and a legacy firmly cemented in the annals of electronic rock, Depeche Mode could've have called it day. Yet here they are, 33 years on since "Speak and Spell" with the release of their 13th studio album. And by golly it's a good one. So good, in fact, I daresay it's their most exciting record since "Violator." Not since the band reached it's zenith have they sounded this secure, confident and energetic.

If you were a bit worried after "Heaven," rest assured the rest of the album bears little, if any resemblance, to the first single. As such, it strikes me a bit odd that it was the first single. The follow up single, "Soothe My Soul," is a much better representation. "SMS" is classic Depeche. It's hands-in-the-air electrorock that's gonna blow the roof of the place when the play it live.

Familiar themes and images twist and snake through "Delta Machine's" 13 tracks - sin/redemption, love/lust, good/evil, etc. Yet despite the familiarity, they've not grown stale. Dave's vocals are as strong as ever as he moves from snarls to falsettos with relative ease, with Martin always in perfect harmony. There were a few genuine surprise moments ("Alone," "Should be Higher") that reminded just how underrated Dave's been throughout his career.

Musically, "Delta Machine" is somewhere between the dark grooves of "Ultra" and vintage synth sounds of "Sounds of the Universe." Ben Hillier, despite the protestations of many Depeche fans, came back for a third go around and he's done a fantastic job producing the album. Flood, who produced "Violator" and "SoFaD," is back to mix "Delta Machine," which probably explains why it feels so classically Depeche. Outside of "Heaven," there's not a dull moment.
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84 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Adam Pawlowski on March 26, 2013
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Critics, particularly American critics, never really "got" Depeche Mode, did they? How else to explain the basic lack of respect that colors even the more favorable reviews? (Don't believe me? Check out the Rolling Stone review, which reads as though someone wrote it in five minutes before hurrying off to lunch.) Meanwhile, the band has always carried on undaunted, selling out arenas around the world and making rather shockingly consistent albums for their faithful fans.

Which brings me to Delta Machine. Here I am, listening to the 13th Depeche Mode album (8th in a row that I bought on the day of its release, old habits die hard) and wondering what to make of it. There's no way I can be objective about it--and if you're reading this, chances are, neither can you--so I will simply give you some of the thoughts that went through my head while I listened to it for about a week.

1. I did not love this album on first listen, but...
2. I'm definitely enjoying the hell out of it right now.
3. Quality-wise, it's overall more consistent than the last three albums.
4. It doesn't contain a world-conquering single like It's No Good or Precious, or even Dream On, but...
5. Who gives a s***?
6. It does have very interesting production, constantly surprising me.
7. Mastering is better than on the last two albums (hallelujah!)
8. Lyrically, it's business as usual, meaning: sex, suffering, obsession, loathing, more sex (and possibly midgets, where's the lyric sheet...)
9. The album is nose-heavy with slow songs, but this no longer bothers me.
10. Somehow, Heaven sounds even better in the context here.
11. Come to think of it, so does Angel.
12. There's nothing as irritating on here as Breathe off Exciter (yay!)
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Nate B on March 26, 2013
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Having listened to Delta Machine several times now, it is growing on me. This album is much better than SOTU, PTA, and Exciter on all accounts: songwriting, performances, production, and mastering. I still feel like Alan Wilder's 'Recoil' sounds more like Depeche Mode than Depeche Mode in terms of production, atmosphere, the sounds, and the detail. Unfortunately, Recoil lacks the amazing singing and songwriting of Depeche Mode.

Depeche Mode's last album, SOTU, sounded like Depeche got a bunch of new synth "toys" that they didn't know how to use, and decided to make an album with them. And that's exactly what happened, as Martin decided to go on an ebay buying spree for that album. Delta Machine sounds like they have started to learn some of their "toys". It's still a little too distorted and brittle sounding for my tastes, but there's a better balance, and the mixing and mastering is much better. (Maybe because Flood was involved again.)

I think Delta Machine and Ultra are the best of the post- SOFAD / Alan Wilder departure. But like I said, I still miss Alan's production values. If you are ever able to listen to some of Martin's original demos, and then compare to the final versions, you can really hear what Alan Wilder, Flood, Gareth Jones, Daniel Miller, and others have contributed to the songs over the years. (Enjoy the Silence, Clean, Walking in my Shoes, Judas, and Sweetest Perfection immediately come to mind.) And there have been plenty of songs on the last few albums that really could have used that atmosphere, dynamics, and extra attention to detail. You can hear a hint of Alan's recent efforts on his remix for "In Chains".
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