Review DEPECHE MODE - "Delta Machine" (english version)

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Delta Machine

Columbia Records

Release Date:  March 26, 2013



Making music is not for everyone. Making art and being able to maintain style and success for years without becoming too commercial, obvious or repetitive, is difficult. There are only two options: either you're a fucking genius or you’re one among many. Martin Lee Gore is a fucking genius, because through more than three decades made of live concerts, albums, collaborations, DJ sets and so on, he brought his Depeche Mode to be considered music icons par excellence, not only for one genre, but for the whole music. And if you’re lucky enough to have as adventure companion an interpreter of the human soul as David "Dave" Gahan, then you can plan on certainty velvets. Being the cornerstones of synth pop was only a passage, only a second, because Depeche Mode are not classifiable, they tried to do everything succeeding and they continue to do so. Thus we come to talk about their latest recording effort, "Delta Machine", to be released on March 26th.


Once again we’ve to discern something we didn’t know yet, something not too easy to define. Among the thirteen tracks that make the album (the deluxe version contains four other songs) you won’t find the tune of the catchy "Enjoy the silence" or dance hits such as "Behind the Wheel", because the album looks like a compact single body, an intimate electronic treaty that exudes blues through his spokesman and speaks to heart and head. Too easy making an album for the fans and selling millions of copies, but they’ve done this album working on themselves, they put on the balance years of experimentation, feelings and situations and, pull the sums, this will cause that the album will be successful, because it’s completely out of the norm, it's not looking for approval and it acquires them through sincerity.


The start with "Welcome To My World" is an example: minimal sounds so dear to Andrew Fletcher and Dave’s suffering and decadent voice more than ever that tells a story, their story, to flow into the musical triumphalism that only a few are able to produce through the hypnotic and dream-like fantasy that distinguishes their music for a long time. With "Angel" it’s Dave’s voice to drag in for the interpretation and histrionics, managing to be a rare animal in the studio, which isn’t a common thing, while "Heaven", the first single of which it was made a great video, it’s the closest thing to a single that you can find on this record, without being an easy song . "Secret To The End" and "My Little Universe" closely resemble the work done on the previous "Sound Of The Universe", but much more explosive and emotional, while "Slow" appropriates, electrifies, does fall down blues and then it rehabilitates blues through the interpretation of an illusionist Gahan above the average. When you come to “Broken" you can realize how many musical influences cross the minds of the English trio and how their lives are rein in their music. There is a bit of everything: from the melodic chorus 70s style, to electronics, to the monotonous guitar, all of them topped of with that feeling of sadness that never ends that is their trademark.


It's the time of ballad, it's time of Martin with his "The Child Inside" that provides us with a new interpretation through his wonderful "lullaby" that it has always been in every album. With "Soft Touch / Raw Nerve" they return to the electronics and minimal thrust, while "Should Be Higher" is the moment in which Dave’s interpretation makes the soul Kamasutra. On a sensual rhythm and rhythmic dance his voice as opposed to the more esoteric Martin’s one. Another chapter of absolute thickness is "Alone" with chorus that vibrate feelings for a sensory journey towards infinite. "Soothe My Soul" is more danceable and recently chosen as the second single and it’s the least one of the many successes . Thus we come to the conclusion with "Goodbye", an evocative, west and blues style song, a "Personal Jesus" without the emphasis of the original, but much more melodramatic and with a black soul.


 Gore said in an interview that this album would be good to people, they want to move persons. There is to believe that even he has not realized what they pulled out this time. Who knows Depeche Mode knows how is their approach to music and that it has always been very "personal", it has always been able to go to tickle the hearing fancy, but this time they did something more, creating a form of “consensual addiction” from which you don’t want to get away. Once inside "Delta Machine, it’s difficult to think of doing unless, indeed, it would be sad to think of it.


Review by Emiliano Vallarino



01. Welcome To My World

02. Angel

03. Heaven

04. Secret To The End

05. My Little Universe

06. Slow

07. Broken

08. The Child Inside

09. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve

10. Should Be Higher

11. Alone

12. Soothe My Soul

13. Goodbye


Line up:

Dave Gahan (voce)

Martin Gore (chitarra, tastiere)

Andy Fletcher (tastiere)