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Playing The Angel (U.S. Release)

Depeche ModeAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000B2YQX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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. 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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222 of 253 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their darkest... and possibly their best October 18, 2005
By CoryRay
Format:Audio CD
It was not an incredibly difficult feat for DM to surpass the ironically-titled (yet underrated in my opinion) Exciter, but little did we know that they would surpass most of our expectations to this degree. This album rocks. Overall, it's their darkest album yet, especially following the somewhat sweet and tender mood of Exciter.

I don't normally do this, but here's a track by track:

1) "A Pain That I'm Used To" - A great intro track with definite NIN influence. Soft, dark, electronic beats that explode into a cacophony of loud guitars at the chorus. I heard this is going to be the second single.

2) "John The Revelator" - Influenced by a classic gospel track of the same name, this would have fit beautifully on Songs of Faith & Devotion. A heavy electro beat with Dave's preachy, aggressive vocals and a gospel choir that joins in at the chorus. My immediate favorite. I really hope this one becomes a single.

3) "Suffer Well" - The first of three songs written by Dave Gahan instead of Martin Gore (a first for DM). More than worthy of the Depeche Mode moniker, this is another favorite of mine. It's fast and catchy and very reminiscent of old-school pre-Violator DM. Reminds me of "Behind The Wheel."

4) "The Sinner In Me" - Another NIN-esque track. Dark and moody. Awesome synth line. I love it.

5) "Precious" - The first single. Also reminiscent of older DM - a very catchy song with a nice beat, a cool guitar part, and Dave's smooth vocals. For some reason I like this song a lot better within the context of the whole album. A very worthy first single. Many are saying it's one of the best singles of their career. I can't argue with that.

6) "Macro" - The first of the obligatory Martin Gore ballads.
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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's be reasonable.... October 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This ain't a 5-star release nor a "Violator", but anything less than 3-stars are probably from non-DM fans trying to get a rise out of real DM fans. The first half of the cd mostly contain the more 'upbeat'(as in mid-tempo for DM) songs that all sound really good and are immediately accessible, esp 1,2,3,4,&5. The second half mostly contain the slower songs which are less accessible and requires more listenings to in order to let them sink in and judge them on their own merits; and these are the songs that will probably make or break this release as either 'just another good effort' or 'slightly underrated classic'. All of us can agree to what an up-tempo song has to offer, but all of us will have a different take on a slower song that requires us to take in the lyrics and music more at our own pace.

People putting this cd down off the bat after one or two listens should not be taken seriously. This is a good release as it stands now, with a potential to be even better later down the road. But even if I don't find another personal favorite 'ballad' along the lines of "Somebody", "Home" or "Waiting for the Night" in the second half of this cd in the near future(i actually had trouble with those 3 on first listenings, now all three are personal faves esp "Home"); I still stand by the 4-star rating. For me, the first half is good enough to compensate for the second half. If only there had been a few upbeat 'bonus' remixes at the end to offset the slower second half this might've even been a 5-star release(but i guess that's what cd maxi-singles are for). Btw, is anyone else freaked out by the cd cover? Reminds me of the zulu/zuni(?) fetish doll from that "Trilogy of Terror" horror movie back in the 80's. Spooky.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The voice of DM October 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I couldn't wait until I could get my hands on this album. Been tiered of listening to most of the so called music of today's generation (with some exception of-course) and when I finally got it, which is over 10 days now, I have not been able to stop listening to it. This album really grows on you and if you are fan, then it is even more of a treat. I have two kids, 14 and 9 and they have turned into a fan. They sing along and they tell me that it's grown on them.

So, if you are thinking about it, I'd say go for it. Listen to it at least two or three times by yourself and turn it up loud. This will be an album that you'll listen to for a long time to come and make some really go memories (hopefully)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Free" Is A Must Have For "Playing The Angel" October 25, 2005
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Well, DM's 11th studio album: "Playing The Angel", is out, and as always, there's much debate amongst the fans on how it measures up. It's an album that definitely requires multiple listens to truly appreciate what it has to offer. Dave Gahan gets his first crack at writing for a depeche mode album and, now having Paper Monsters under his belt, doesn't waste the opportunity, with "Suffer Well" (gotta love that guitar riff) & "Nothing's Impossible" being two of the best songs on the album. He's never sounded better. Martin Gore's "Precious" is a standout song all its own (and is the first from the album to obtain single status). No doubt one of the most private and personal songs of his career, dealing with his own divorce and having to handle how it affects his children.

"A Pain That I'm Used To" is the opening song that grabs your attention, at first, with a loud noise (like was done with "I Feel You" or, yes, "The Dead Of Night"). It really prepares you for what lies in store, with it's very bleak and moody electronic broodery, that has a nice beat to it. "John The Revelator" & "The Sinner In Me" are the two most religiously referenced tracks on the album ("JTR" is also very danceable too). It's interesting how Martin perceives religion in his songs, considering he himself has never admitted to being very religious. "TSIM" also contains another guitar riff by Martin towards the end of the song, that sounds a bit erratic in certain spots, but is still quite cool and very catchy.

Like just about every DM album since Some Great Reward (save Black Celebration), Martin takes on lead vocals for two songs for this album: "Macro" & "Damaged People".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Playing the Angel
A must have for any DM fan. This album is gorgeous and original. You will listen to it all of the time.
Published 23 days ago by Julia A. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and their best album I think
Playing the Angel is by far my favorite DM album. It’s dark and dreary throughout the album. Tracks that stand out to me are “Suffer Well” “The Sinner in Me” and “I Want it All. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Hunyadi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great vinyl reissue.
A couple of years ago, I took the plunge and invested in a new turntable. I was overly tired of the endless drops in quality of compact discs, from the excessive loudness,... Read more
Published 28 days ago by J. Brian Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS ALBUM IS PERFECT
Published 1 month ago by Krzysztof Kozlowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing the Angel, by Depeche Mode...A great album for an incredible...
Playing the Angel, by Depeche Mode...2005. A great album from a great Rock band, Techno group, well...musicians. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Srtommy1
3.0 out of 5 stars CD was cracked
My CD case was cracked when I got it :( ...not a huge deal....but it was gift...and looked kinda bad.They should have packed it better!
Published 9 months ago by Dana michelle ross
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Again, you cannot go wrong with DM...this one is, well is "catchy"...i know it doesn't sound right but for me it's true. Read more
Published 13 months ago by moonug
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not main stream!
DM has always pushed the envelope a bit. When you hear one of their songs on the radio there is no mistaken who it is.
Published 14 months ago by hmaddox
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better with time
Loved Depeche Mode back in the 90s. Hadn't listened to them in a while, but songs from this album kept coming up in Pandora. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nefari
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Only to Violator - Brilliant
I love this album. It is my favorite album right behind Violator. Strong songwriting, love the industrial electronica, Martin's guitar, melodies, vocals. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Olsen
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