Dave Gahan & Soulsavers
Angels and Ghosts
Oct 22, 2015 Web Exclusive
Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan tapped into another side of himself when he joined fellow Brits, production duo Soulsavers, for their 2012 album, The Light the Dead See. A noted shift away from the dance-pop electronics of his primary group, Soulsavers' dusty, organic sounds allowed Gahan to bare his soul and forced the listener to bare theirs.
The two entities continue their tear-jerking relationship on this year's Angels and Ghosts. Once again, Gahan has turned himself inside out on these songs. He laments and beseeches by turns, giving Angels and Ghosts a gospel bent, which is enhanced by choir-like backing vocals. Organs further this spiritual aspect with their quaking tones on the accusatory "You Owe Me." "One Thing," with its minimal instrumentation, sweeping strings, and Gahan's raw vocal, is the song that's going to get you your girl. "The Last Time" moves similarly with an effective spine-chilling simplicity.
The best thing Soulsavers did for themselves was put Gahan's name in front of theirs. This way, perhaps they will get the attention they richly deserve. (www.thesoulsavers.com)
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