My name is Baz and I’m a Depeche Mode addict. I have been since 5th October 1981.
I’m here today to talk about the new Depeche Mode single – Where’s the Revolution? – which was released for public consumption on 3rd February 2017.
Depeche Mode get measured by two standards. 1990’s Violator (probably the best electronic album ever made) and 1993’s Songs of Faith and Devotion (probably the best angst ridden band about to implode album ever made, although Fleetwood Mac might have something to say about that).
Those two albums are, frankly, very difficult to live up to. The zenith and end of four-piece ‘Mode and have caused fan arguments ever since about how the band isn’t the same without Alan Wilder/how Dave Gahan’s vocal style has changed/how the band doesn’t sound the same, blah blah blah, etc etc etc (you get the picture?)
But its not 1993, or 1995 anymore. Its 2017. Things have moved on in the 22+ years since those two albums and if you can’t get past them its probably better just to put them on and ignore this new single.
I say that because Wheres the Revolution? builds off the back of 2013’s (really rather excellent) Delta Machine album style.
This is a more worldly-wise Mode, one where the band have got comfortable with themselves again, where Gahan preaches from his now familiar bluesy/crooner pulpit abely assisted by Gore on the chorussy bits, and musically the electronics are all crisp, clean and wonderfully produced, peppered with Martin Gore on guitar and Fletch standing behind a keyboard looking bemused doing… something.
And that probably isn’t going to make old school Violator/SOFAD Mode fans too happy.
However, this track did make me happy, and as music is entirely subjective thats all I can write about.
Its a timely piece, with the world seemingly going mad at the moment – the clever lyrics tap into the Brexit/Trump Presidency/Religious terror world we live in, the chorus is catchy as hell and the more you play it, the more it grows on you.
My only criticism would have to be the middle eight break. I get what they wanted to do with it, but alternately every time I listen to the track I either like it a lot or it seems a little disconnected.
Live though, with the crowd chanting it, it will sound massive – and I do wonder if that’s why it’s in there.
So I suggest you try this – you might like it. If not, there is the back catalogue.
But please, don’t rant about it not being from 1993-1995.