Depeche Mode – Spirit
It’s almost four decades since the boys from Basildon released their debut record Speak And
Spell, and while they have enjoyed huge success in the intervening years, their penchant for politically-infused dark-synth-pop remains intact. Lead single Where’s the Revolution showcases Dave Gahan’s now increasingly gravelly vocals, and owes a considerable amount to Achtung Baby-era U2. There’s nothing much to challenge a die-hard fan’s almighty devotion, but they won’t be disappointed as songs like So Much Love and Cover Me offer a Depeche Mode-by numbers approach in their sound. The record is brimming with sexy-bellowinganthems, laced with lyrics referencing the current political climate in DM’s adopted homeland America.