There are few bands out today that have the longevity of Depeche Mode. When you listen to their new album though you can hear why.
We’re the judge and the jury
The hangman, the convict
It’s too late for fury
Our indictment was handpicked
So step up to the gallows
And accept your sentence
For being so shallow
You must pay your penance
Spirit is the band’s 14th studio album since 1980 and it debuted at No. 1 on various charts when it dropped this month. 37 years later and Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher have still got it. The album invokes the traditional feel of Depeche Mode while evolving with the times and bringing new life to a classic new wave staple.
The album invokes the world’s current political mood right from the start with songs like Going Backwards and their single Where’s the Revolution. While it’s clear where the inspiration for these and other songs comes from, there is still a timelessness to them that any generation can relate to. That is one of the things that I have always loved about their music. They manage to shine a light on the human condition with a subtly lost on many other musicians.
We take a shift with the gritty song Scum and the darkwave You Move. Not only does it musically sound different but the tone of the song changes as well. The songs take on a more one on one feel with lyrics that could even be considered a self reflection perspective. Typical trademarks from the band. Eternal serves as a short almost interlude from one lover to another that showcases Gore’s vocal abilities.
What are we thinking?
Our standards are sinking
We’re barely hanging on
Our spirit has gone
And once where it shone
I hear a lonesome song
Then there are songs like No More (This Is the Last Time) that can manage to hit you on a more personal level. Love is another major theme for this album. For me, this song reminded me of a certain time in my life when I was dealing an unhealthy relationship that lasted far too long.
Fail sums up the album with Gore as the main vocalist. The song reflects the album as a whole and spirit that they wanted to convey. However, if you pick up the deluxe album you’ll be treated to five wonderful remixes.
Overall, this album reflects Depeche Mode’s position as one of the most influential bands of the last 50 years. They’re the shinning light of electronic music and incorporate so much more that fans from almost any musical genre will be able to find a song or two they like. Check out the music video for Where’s the Revolution below.