10 Killer Depeche Mode Songs Nobody’s Listening To
Let's face it: Depeche Mode haven't released a good album in nearly a decade. And Playing the Angel was good, not great. They haven't released a great album in over 20 years. Last year's Delta Machine was unlistenable. 2009's Sounds of the Universe was similarly excruciating (except "In Chains"-that song was pretty dope). Some say this slow and steady decline is a result of Martin Gore allowing Dave Gahan to bully his way into the songwriting (to what extent Gahan actually "writes" songs is unclear). But that's letting Gore off the hook. Gahan has only had writing credits on a handful of tracks since 2005, and one of them is "Suffer Well," which is the best Depeche Mode song since 1997's "Barrel of a Gun". Things really started to go downhill once Alan Wilder left after Songs of Faith and Devotion. And we still have no idea what Andy Fletcher does, right?
Truth is, they sound tired. Bored. Burnt out. But shit, they've been around for almost 35 years. They're still touring and they still put on astonishingly good shows. And the Music for the Masses-Violator-Songs of Faith and Devotion trifecta is still one of the best album runs in pop music history. Plus they gave us "Policy of Truth." 'Nuff said?
Anyway, here are 10 Depeche songs that aren't on nearly enough iPods. (Are iPods still a thing?) We even dumped them into a Spotify playlist for ya.
By Kenny S. McGuane
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