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Delta Machine

Depeche Mode

Delta Machine

The big-selling synth rock veterans mark their 33rd year with album No.13

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There are terrifying isolationist cosmic ballads, there are feverish weird-outs, and all the way through, there are Depeche Mode not trying to prove anything, not trying to redeem themselves, not trying to please – just being Depeche Mode on the form of their lives
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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    In what has always been a frighteningly consistent career, Delta Machine stands there amongst the band’s finest work
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A record full of terrific moments, reminding you of why you fell in love with Depeche Mode in the first place
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    The album neatly acts as a modernised summary of every style the band have worked with
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    This isn’t a band going through the motions, it’s a band going through a violent and explosive rebirth
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    They're still here and they're still very good. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    In 2013, if rock is going to survive, it surely has to encompass the bleeps and beats of electro veterans who sound like the future is still catching up with them
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  8. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A varied, richly rewarding and pleasantly surprising collection
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  9. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    A near-perfect summation of the band those skinny teenagers who regularly showed up on children’s mornings programs have grown up into
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  10. 7.0 |   All Music

    Don't mistake "dour" for "down for it" when it comes dressed-in-leather pants, because the simmering and dark Delta Machine is certainly the latter
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  11. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Celebrates brooding faith and slippery solace without scrimping on Depeche's trademark blackstrobe punishment
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  12. 7.0 |   Fact

    It’s rare indeed for a band to sound this good on their thirteenth studio album; rarer still for them to remain interesting or relevant, and yet with Delta Machine Depeche Mode achieve both
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  13. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    While at the end of the day the formula still works, it just isn’t as fresh as it once was
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  14. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Reasonably strong effort for a band that's managed to get wise without growing too old
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  15. 7.0 |   The 405

    They're not trying to recapture past glories... and to their credit, they're still pushing forward
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  16. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    A potent combination of moody programming, focused songwriting, and subtle velocity
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  17. 6.0 |   State

    There’s a feeling that maybe they’ve done this before, and maybe better
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  18. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Their production is as glossy as it's ever been. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Without serious reinvention next time, they have nowhere left to go
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  20. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Despite many good songs on this album, you will definitely get a sense that Depeche Mode is in a holding pattern
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  21. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Depeche Mode are as hamstrung as ever by their refusal to admit even a chink of light into their world of gloom
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  22. 6.0 |   Mojo

    You sense the autopilot being switched on. Print edition only

  23. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Filled with redemption songs
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  24. 5.5 |   Under The Radar

    Depeche Mode-by-the-numbers
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  25. 5.0 |   Pitchfork

    There is not a single moment of shock or freshness on Delta Machine, and it's enormously frustrating to hear what was once a band of futurists so deeply mired in resisting change
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  26. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Still going 'strong' after 30 years and far too comfortable in their own skin
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  27. 5.0 |   NME

    Sounds like it's just warming up
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  28. 4.0 |   The Scotsman

    Broken contains glimpses of the old trademark twinkle, while Soft Touch/Raw Nerve has some steel, but these are mere scraps, hardly worth salvaging from the streamlined whole
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  29. 4.0 |   The Observer

    Gahan's lyrical concerns are, by now, over-familiar – sin, sleaze, salvation: repeat till fade
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  30. 4.0 |   Evening Standard

    A bit of a stinker
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  31. 3.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Delta Machine is not an album for diehards, and I’m hard-pressed to imagine it being for any human being
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