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Delta Machine is Depeche Mode's highly anticipated 13th studio album. Recorded in Santa Barbara, California and New York City, the album was produced by Ben Hillier and mixed by Flood.

Martin Gore said of the release, "Writing this album was incredibly daunting as I wanted the sound of this collection to be very modern. I want people to feel good about listening to this record, to get some kind of peace. It's just got something magical about it."

Dave Gahan added, "With this release we've completely shifted our idea of how to create an album. When we hit a wall where we realize the album is beginning to sound too normal, we'll mess it up and really give it that organic Depeche Mode Sound. Delta Machine is no different, and I can't wait for all of our fans to hear it."

Delta Machine is also available as an exclusive Deluxe Edition with a bonus disc featuring four additional new tracks, accompanied by a 28 page hardcover book including photos by longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn.

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00B69UQJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Danou on March 29, 2013
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First a bit of a background. I started listening to DM in the 90s, so the pre-Violator era isn't as dear to me as it is to some DM fans. I enjoyed all of their 90s records, even though they were all very different. And Delta Machine feels to me like the record that should have followed Ultra instead of Exciter (which was hanging from a rope of mediocrity). I did enjoy a couple of the cuts from Playing the Angel and Sounds of the Universe, but I haven't enjoyed an entire record from Depeche Mode since Ultra. Delta Machine definitely changes that, and I'm surprised to say there really isn't a song I dislike . They are all great tunes, dark but also strangely accessible.

Things you need to know about Delta Machine:

1) It's varied. Lots of different sounds from blues, through classic DM synthpop, to dustep (yes, really)
2) No more pain... I honestly was getting sick of the "pain" songs. Don't get me wrong there is plenty of angst and dysfunction here. But this really isn't another "pain" record. If there is any recurring theme it is sexual and spiritual at the same time.
3) All of Dave's writing contributions to Delta Machine are wonderful unlike with the previous records where he participated with some not so good songs.
4) The blues isn't really as predominant as ads will make you believe. Delta Machine isn't any bluesier than Ultra was for example.
5) Don't buy the delux unless you want to listen to some wanky stuff. The added songs are really just messing around with synths, except for the Heaven b-sde which is good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Brady on May 4, 2013
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Been listening to DM for over 25 years. If I had reviewed this CD after the first time I listened, I would have given it 2 stars. I was terribly disappointed on my first time through. After listening a second time, I still hated it. Now, less than two weeks later, there's not a single track that I dislike.

If I want to hear Violator, Black Celebration, or Music for the Masses then I'll go listen to those. I own them already. Delta Machine is not a rehash of what has already been done before, yet it is not so foreign as to alienate me.

Before writing your review, give it some time to see if it grows on you. I love it when a CD challenges me with something different. This one does, yet it is still completely Depeche Mode being Depeche Mode.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Plyler on March 31, 2013
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I grew up as a HUGE Depeche Mode fan. And I still am. But these days I definitely find myself turning into that old guy on the porch, grousing about how it was better 'back in the day'. Their music just seemed much more inspired back when Dave was struggling with addiction and everyone's lives were teetering on the brink of collapse. It's awesome to hear them embracing some new sounds, and there's definitely some good tunes on here, but Depeche Mode just doesn't move me like they used to. They haven't rocked my world in a very long time, but I always find at least a couple of songs that I still enjoy in their releases. I'll always rock out to whatever they release, and I'll always support their tours, but it's just a little disheartening that it seems like their soul of creativity has run it's course.

Ah well.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Lawrence on March 31, 2013
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I am a huge fan and avid listener of Depeche Mode material since the mid 1980's. I have been to a couple of their concerts, bought all of their LP's and even have purchased a few of their Maxi Singles, which I do not usually care for from most bands/groups. With that being said, lets get to the breakdown of my THREE STAR review...

A lot of folks seem to be comparing this to their 1990 LP 'Violator'. I do not feel that opinion at all. There isn't a track on this LP/CD that doesn't remotely have any similarity to Violator. In fact, this is their first LP that I feel most of the songs on it are stacked into the genre 'Minimal Wave'. There just seems to be something missing from most of these tracks. After 12 albums you'd think the 13th LP would be vigorously fantastic, but this one fails to deliver anything but drab (with the exception of the "Soft Touch / Raw Nerve" and "Should Be Higher". The others are filler sounding tracks that seem to have missing electronics, respectively.

Don't get me wrong, all the tracks (except for the last one, No.13) are moderately okay with the exception of the above mentioned being pretty good. I just think with Depeche Mode's experience and creativity, they seemed to give us a lazy LP. This LP actually would have been 2.5 stars, but it doesn't deserve 2 stars either, so 3 stars worked.

Overall, I hope their next effort has more spunk, instrumentation and most of all - a wowing affect.

Lots of respect to Depeche Mode, though. I just prefer their last 2-3 LP's over this one.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Dye on April 5, 2013
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To give you some idea of my perspective, People Are People was my first DM CD circa 1985, and I've been with them ever since. The 1990 Violator tour concert still stands among the top 2 or 3 shows I've ever attended. As a college DJ in 1993, I ranked "Enjoy the Silence" as THE best track of all time, with "Everything Counts" and "Get the Balance Right" in the Top 15. If I had to rank their studio albums from first to worst, it would go something like this:

1. CONSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN (the environmental sensibilities are even more relevant and urgent today -- and disappointingly absent from more recent releases)
2. BLACK CELEBRATION (irresistible driving beat almost masks the bleakness of the title track; joy salvaged by "Here is the House" & "But Not Tonight")
3. VIOLATOR (still a great listen)
4. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE (OK, more of a compilation, but a few new tracks were included)
5. ULTRA (perfect music for dusk's transition to darkness)
6. SOME GREAT REWARD (the lyrical intensity and musical creativity of "Blasphemous Rumours" is undeniable)
7. SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION (can't get enough of the grinding bass laid down in "Walking in My Shoes")
8. A BROKEN FRAME ("The Sun & The Rainfall" -- so sweet and subtle)
9. MUSIC FOR THE MASSES (strong first half; forgettable second half redeemed by "Nothing")
9. SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE (the quintessential mixed bag, but never boring)
10. SPEAK & SPELL (happy and boppy thanks to Vince Clark, who soon left to form Erasure)
11. PLAYING THE ANGEL (standouts "Precious" & "Suffer Well" buffered with a lot of forgettable filler)
12. Can't get excited about EXCITER
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