Delta Machine

“Delta Machine” No. 18 in ABC News 50 Best Albums of 2013

Depeche Mode’s 2013 album, “Delta Machine,” secured an admirable position at No. 18 in ABC News’ 50 Best Albums of 2013.: – 


18. DEPECHE MODE – “DELTA MACHINE” (DELUXE EDITION) Of the 80’s titans still standing, Depeche Mode seem like the most unlikely to tread new ground, and yet, “Delta Machine” is their strongest effort since 1997’s “Ultra.” Somehow, they have adopted a minimalist approach and it sounds strikingly of the moment and fresh. (Single “Heaven” is one of the strongest bits of gospel-blues they have ever produced.) They never sound bored. They never sound tired. It sounds like the work of a band revving up to make another series of epic statements. With any luck, Depeche Mode can continue issuing classics of this caliber. This is exactly the kind of album you want a veteran group to release. Depeche Mode’s future is bright!

Favorite Tracks: “Secret To The End” “My Little Universe” “Happens All The Time” (Bonus disc track) “Welcome To My World” “Heaven”

The Scene’s Top 40 albums 2013 – Irish Daily Star

Depeche Mode’s 2013 album “Delta Machine” secured a place in The Scene’s Top 40 Albums of 2013, a list curated by the editorial team at The Scene, the essential entertainment guide published every Friday with the Irish Daily Star:


40. Depeche Mode: Delta Machine (Sony)

Three decades or so after Depeche Mode helped start the synth-pop movement – alongside Soft Cell, Eurythmics and Pet Shop Boys – and they are the only act left with a major label contract and enough popularity to fill stadiums worldwide. This stunning 13th studio album (produced by Ben Hillier and mixed by Flood) shows why – they are still on top of their game.

“Delta Machine” Makes Chart Entry At No. 6

Source: Musicweek

“Depeche Mode have scored their seventh consecutive Top 10 hit on the Billboard 200 with Delta Machine as Justin Timberlake achieves the year’s first million-selling album.

The veteran Basildon band enter at 6, extending a Top 10 run that began in 1990 with Violator reaching No 7 and hitting a peak in 1993 with Songs Of Faith And Devotion debuting at No 1. However, first-week sales of the new album are down on the 80,000 start of its 2009 predecessor Sounds Of The Universe, which debuetd and peaked at 3, with Delta Machine having shifted 52,000 copies last week.”

Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine Track-By-Track Preview

Delta Machine Track By Track Preview

“So this is only an instant, snap appraisal, and who knows, repeated listens may reveal flaws. But for now, Delta Machine roars out of the traps as a supremely confident album by a reinvigorated, inventive Depeche Mode. It isn’t, of course, VCMG with vocals, and there are threads here from the more recent albums. But texturally this is a very rich electronic record, rough around the edges and a huge amount of fun – there is some of the campest Depeche Mode material in here since their earliest days. I’d hazard to guess that my initial assessment of this as the best, most powerful, gothic, twisted, electronic album since Violator.”

New Depeche Mode Single “Heaven” Premieres On KROQ

The new Depeche Mode single, “Heaven,” received an exclusive premiere on the KROQ site today. Having given it a listen, we must express that it deviates from the typical Depeche Mode sound, taking on a slow rock style that lacks the characteristic essence of the band. Regrettably, we find the song uninspiring and rather dull, not befitting the status of a single and appearing more suitable as a B-side. The release of such a subdued track leaves us somewhat perplexed.

In contrast to our expectations, Martin Gore asserts that the upcoming album harks back to the band’s glory days. “It’s got a bit of a feel of Violator on some of the songs and a feel of Songs of Faith and Devotion on other songs,” he stated. However, this description seems incongruent with the new single, as “Heaven” doesn’t align with the distinctive styles of Violator or Songs Of Faith and Devotion. It appears that Gore’s reference is directed toward the other tracks on the forthcoming album rather than the released single.

Here is the link to the song on KROQ

The B-side to “Heaven” is “All That’s Mine” which you can listen to below:

DEPECHE MODE – All That’s Mine (2013 B-side) from Videodrome Discothèque Vault 2 on Vimeo.