Depeche Mode - Spirit - Album Review

Monday, March 27, 2017

album cover for Depeche Mode's Spirit

Spirit is the fourteenth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released on 17 March 2017 by Columbia Records. It was preceded by the single Where's the Revolution. Spirit is the band's second record released under Columbia. Depeche Mode recorded it with new producer James Ford. (Wikipedia)

Tracks & Individual Ratings:

1. Going Backwards 4.5/5
4. Scum 4/5
5. You Move 4.5/5
6. Cover Me 4/5
7. Eternal 3.5/5
8. Poison Heart 3/5
9. So Much Love 3.5/5
10. Poorman 3.5/5
12. Fail 4/5

gif showing footage from the Where's the Revolution music video

This album could easily be the soundtrack of a revolution. Powerful lyrics pointing out flaws in society and an urgency for change are found throughout the songs. Depeche Mode's trademark sound is in full effect, especially on "You Move". Something about "Cover Me" sounded like Depeche Mode and Pink Floyd had a love child and I love it. The LP starts out great, but from "Eternal" to "Poorman" hits a bit of a slump. I found these songs to be good, but not the kind of songs I would intentionally listen to on a regular basis (what I call background songs). Overall, though, it is a great album; both lyrically and musically.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5

Artist & Album Information: iTunes Spotify

Released: March 17th, 2017

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