Depeche Mode keep it clinical with Playing The Angel, a self-explanatory live record that takes choice cuts from records such as Songs Of Faith and Devotion and Violator and puts them to the stage. Theatrical but brooding and ironed out in every discipline, this is pretty rudimentary stuff from one of the greatest synth-pop bands of all time.
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9/10 Jack 14th May 2015
In a nutshell, this album is very dark, and very intense, and it probes very deeply into that festering cauldron of a cesspool that we call the mind. But just like a favourite addiction, you just can't say no to it. Definitely eerie stuff to be sure, but in a beautiful and breathtaking way. I also like the fact that there's a healthy mixture of tunes as far as tempo is concerned. My three favourite tracks are "A Pain That I'm Used To," "Precious," and "Lilian," but you don't have to worry, because you won't find any bad ones.
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