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Delta Machine is the 13th studio album from the pioneering synth-pop and electro group Depeche Mode. Songwriter Martin Gore described it as a hybrid of Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion. The single “Heaven” confirms these comparisons—it's full of shadowy, slow-drip synthesizer, buzzing guitar, and David Gahan’s primal vocal treatment.

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To Whom It May Concern....

For those that feel Depeche has lost its genius and that their music is not the same....I don't want it to be the same. Each new release has been like a perfectly wrapped gift on its own merit. DM continues to make kickass music, sellout concerts, and have a faithful following all over the world. Their songs take you to a place in this world that no other band can come close to. I thank my lucky stars that DM has stood the test of time and still makes new music that people can relate to. I fear the day they stop making music....there's no one like DM!

Same Hype, Same Disappointment

I love Depeche Mode, so it pains me to write this review.

I read late last year that they said Delta Machine has the same "vibe" as Violator. I can only assume this comment is coming from something more of a personal level because this album is nothing like Violator to my eager ears. The cover is red, white, and black. That is the only similarity I've found.

I (and I'm sure we) have been pining for a return to their creative peak in the era of Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion. Alas, it is becoming more apparent that Depeche Mode is afflicted with the musical equivalent of Alzheimer's Disease: we see a spark of who they were every once in a great while, but then the blankness returns.

While a lot of the songs we've come to love over the decades have a minimalist sensibility, they were still rich with content, brilliant melodies, addicting hooks, and the energy of youth and passion. With the acceptation of a few gems here and there, every album since SoFD have been counterfeit art. There are elements that remind me of the artist, but something critical is missing and makes it obviously not genuine.

Delta Machine is no acceptation. This album is slow, stuttering, clumsy and while there are some interesting experimentations with equaling the volume of the vocal harmonies to the vocal melodies, the album ultimately fails to capture my soul. The sounds are all modern, almost like a How to Destroy Angels album, but the love isn't there. Rarely do I want to hear something again, but yet I find myself sifting for gold flakes where bars were promised. I find myself lowering my expectations after every foolish hope, only to be suckered back in with the anticipation of another chance.

At least now I expect the cycle to repeat in 3 to 4 years. This long goodbye has been 20 years long and the tired sounds have made me tired. We will just have to keep hoping and dreaming that Alan Wilder will return to snap the remaining members out of it, as if that were truly the cure, but it's unlikely we will ever find out.


I am a DM faithful for more years than I care to admit and have pretty much everything this band has ever done (singles included). This will be the first album I skip. I've listened to the stream 3 times (the third time was the hardest) and it seems the band forgot the synth, melody, hooks, bridge or any other possible reason any of these songs could possibly make any emotional impact. I've been forgiving up to now since SOFAD but this may be the end of the line for me. I hope the new DM fans carry the band on from here.

The Delta Machine Recipe = tired beats, sloppy bass lines, sequencer/arpeggiator and some really weak lyrics with as little time spent on the project as possible. I'm ok with one or two songs like this but geesh; every song here is a rearrangement of the same bleeps, blips and blops punctuated with a squelching noise and buzzing in place of a melody or even a synth line that I can remember (when did annoying buzzing become cool?). Don't even get me started on the guitar licks on repeat over and over and over throughout the songs.

I know they can do better than this. For now, I will put as much effort into buying this as the band put into making it.



Formed: 1980 in Basildon, Essex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally a product of Britain's new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electropop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era. The roots of Depeche Mode date to 1976, when Basildon, England-based...
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Delta Machine (Deluxe Version), Depeche Mode
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Mar 22, 2013

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