First Listen: Depeche Mode – “Angel”

Depeche Mode Press Photo 2012

Earlier today, Depeche Mode held a press conference in Paris, France to officially announce their upcoming tour that kicks off in Tel Aviv in May 2013.  The band also gave some details on the new album and premiered a new song that the community has dubbed  “Angel”.  You can stream the full press conference on our site.

Much like what Martin L. Gore stated at the press conference, the album will have a sound familiar to Songs of Faith and Devotion and Violator.   “Angel” does not fail to deliver.  Gahan’s vocals are raw, energetic, and passionate much like tracks from Songs of Faith and Devotion.  The instrumentation on this song, though, does remind me of SOFAD, but I don’t hear the Violator in it…yet. Personally, it reminded me of “The Dead of Night” off of Exciter.  Either way, “Angel” aims to please Depeche Mode fans and music lovers alike.

What do you hear when you listen to “Angel”? Give it a listen and tell us more!

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10 Responses to First Listen: Depeche Mode – “Angel”

  1. guest01 October 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Awesome song. Almost perfect

    • Brett Widmann October 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

      I agree! I am really liking the direction this album sounds like it’s going toward. Mode on!

  2. TeCo October 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Almost a psalm, a downtempo godspell with hard electronic bass synth sounds and changing dance beats. Although I remember Dead of night,s industrial effects, I would say it,s completely new, sophisticated (with those programmed drum beats that speed up as punk rhythm) song that brings a swell savoir faire.

    • Brett Widmann October 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      You make some very valid points in your prose, good friend. The more I’ve listened to it today, the more I can agree with you.

      • TeCo October 24, 2012 at 5:14 am #

        Thanks for this space, Brett.

  3. Lilysarasmoonn October 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    It Sounds like a remix downtempo version of “Angel of Love” disco group Flanger from Germany. 

    • Brett Widmann October 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      I’m not familiar with Flanger. I’ll have to check this out.

      Thanks for the input, mate!

  4. Inconiscasimiro November 7, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Good sound 😉

  5. Captain Oatwright December 5, 2012 at 2:04 am #

    It needs stronger drums, strings and oomph to get anywhere near SOF&D. I do hear elements of I Feel You but to me it sounds most like Corrupt from SOTU and therefore is lacking that magic touch of a more robust production (that earlier DM classic albums had )

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