Despite a series of lackluster releases, Depeche Mode remains my favorite band. I streamed their new album, “Delta Machine” on iTunes this morning and jotted down a few first impressions on my Facebook. (Copied and pasted below.)
“Welcome to My World” - Good chorus. Not sold on the rest.
“Angel” - Kinda awful. Pretty representative of the sound the band has had since Exciter, which I haven’t cared for.
“Heaven” - (Not a first impression.) This has really grown on me. Good enough to have been on Ultra.
“Secret to the End” - Whoa. Pretty good for Dave Gahan-written song. But getting desperate for an uptempo song here, guys.
“My Little Universe” - Kind of an Underworld-y vibe, I guess. I think I like it?
“Slow” - Not an uptempo song. Shocker! Harkens back to Songs of Faith and Devotion. Don’t like the crunchy synths.
“Broken” - WOW! Pre-1988 Depeche Mode still lives! Another Gahan-penned song and another winner.
“The Child Inside” - It’s the Martin solo! It’s…not one of his best.
“Soft Touch/Raw Nerve” - An uptempo song…kinda! Never really takes off like it sounds like its going to. Kinda dopey lyrics.
“Should Be Higher” - Nothing particularly memorable here.
“Alone” - More standard modern DM fare, but not bad.
“Soothe My Soul” - 2nd single. Heard it on the radio yesterday. Sounds like a remix of Personal Jesus with new lyrics. I like it, despite it sounding like they’re ripping themselves off.
“Goodbye” - Hmmm. Another one reminiscent of Songs of Faith and Devotion. Weird collision of blues guitar and chirpy synth. Definitely listenable, though.
OK, that’s it. Nothing with big booming beats, but easily the best record they’ve put out in years. It at least doesn’t commit the sin of being boring. Easily fulfills the three-song rule. Thumbs up, but you have to be in the right mood to listen.
Ohhhhhh…Flood mixed this album. THAT’S why it sounds so much like the old stuff.
This is a picture from a “potato party,” the latest weird craze that’s been sweeping across Korea and Japan which involves going to a McDonald’s restaurant and feasting on an absurd amount of french fries right then and there. Earlier last week, several South Korean adolescents were reportedly booted from the fast food restaurant after purchasing more than $250 USD worth of the fried potatoes, but not before snapping several photos that subsequently went viral online.
It was the Welch’s grape soda that got them kicked out. “NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK!”