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Spirit

Depeche Mode

Spirit

Fourteenth studio album from the synth-pop stalwarts, produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, Foals)

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
17/03/2017
US Release date
17/03/2017
  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    Despite dour lyrics to the contrary, Depeche Mode haven't given up on humanity. Spirit exhumes the remains of our better nature and demands its resurrection
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  2. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A painfully accurate record that portrays some of today's main political and social issues
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  3. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    The perennial group has hit yet another career peak
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  4. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    If it doesn't provide the grippingly coherent listen Delta Machine did, Spirit nonetheless has plenty to reward even the mildly curious
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    They’re the last of their 80s contemporaries standing, are managing to keep their artistic integrity intact, and more importantly, have not become U2
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    They sound as if they've been rattled by the world's current critical situation. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Blow by blow, it all adds up to Depeche Mode's best album in years
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  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Depeche Mode prove they have both the musical depth and strength of conviction to outlast us all
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A misguided endorsement from one of America’s most hated figures only serves to make the fury here sound even more righteous
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  10. 7.0 |   Clash

    The kind of album that is necessary for shining a light on our basest traits and for encouraging us to think differently all over again; in that sense, for the first time in a long time, Depeche Mode have judged this just right
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  11. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Delta Machine saw Ben Hiller help them access their mid-life pain in dark post-dubstep. This stint with James Ford, though, has effected a more overt compromise Print edition only

  12. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    With a smart mix of techno-leaning keyboards and bluesy guitar, à la their 1990 high-water mark, Violator, it’s easy to get swept away in their gospel
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  13. 7.0 |   Mixmag

    Songs such as the fierce ‘Scum’ and the stately ‘No More’ are worthy additions to the band’s catalogue, and have far more grit and vividness than you’d expect from any band 37 years into their career
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  14. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    Depeche Mode’s most pointedly topical album, but the synth giants still write universal, stadium-sized music. These songs make you feel like singing in response to today’s headlines
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  15. 6.0 |   Spin

    A satisfying turn for a band whose effortlessness and competency was starting to work to their detriment
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  16. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Even if you’re broadly in sympathy with the politics though, it can begin to feel a bit hectoring at times. Thankfully, there’s still room for some proper old-school Mode bangers
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  17. 6.0 |   The FT

    Dave Gahan’s lyrics suit his louche baritone, while Martin Gore brings a chunky electronic drive to the music
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  18. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    By no means a perfect record, or even a great one, but it shows that Depeche Mode do indeed still have a bit of spirit in them
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  19. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    There’s plenty to like here – but nothing particularly radical
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  20. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Unfortunately, this Spirit will more than likely fade away as quickly as any micro-revolutions it inspires
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  21. 5.4 |   Gig Soup

    One of the finest filler albums you’ll ever come across
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  22. 5.3 |   Paste Magazine

    Spirit is Make Depeche Mode Great Again when they were still pretty great anyway
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  23. 5.0 |   The Music

    We need Depeche Mode to once more cattle prod the masses
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  24. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The calls for revolution lack the nuance and wit befitting the band's continued sonic evolution
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  25. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    Rather than going for broke, Depeche Mode eked out a half-decent release that doesn't do either the theme or their abilities any justice
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  26. 4.0 |   The Independent

    On Spirit, Depeche Mode get serious and political, which doesn’t really suit them
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