Posted January 30, 2013 by Mike Mineo in Tracks

Depeche Mode – “Heaven”

Depeche Mode - Delta Machine

It was just last week that Depeche Mode announced the release date and track listing for their upcoming album, Delta Machine. It was also revealed that “Heaven”, the album’s first single, would be released on February 1st — nearly two months before the album’s March 26th release date. It appears listeners will get a slice of “Heaven” a day early, thanks to KROQ.  The track projects an intimately dark atmosphere with a fuzzily infectious bass lead and solemn piano echoes. Dave Gahan’s voice sounds as good as ever, especially with his uptick in emotion during the second verse and its grimy longing. The bass-guitar interplay during the aerial chorus is also excellent. Overall, it’s a pleasant effort that certainly coincides with Depeche Mode’s earlier statements, that it would have “a similar vibe to [1990’s] Violator and [1993’s] Songs of Faith and Devotion.”

Gahan said that Delta Machine is ”not a blues record, but it definitely has a soulful vibe.” He continues: ”With this release we’ve completely shifted our idea of how to create an album. When we hit a wall where we realize the album is beginning to sound too normal, we’ll mess it up and really give it that organic Depeche Mode Sound. Delta Machine is no different, and I can’t wait for all of our fans to hear it.” As reported earlier, the disc release of “Heaven” will include remixes by Matthew Dear, Blawan, Owlle, and Steps to Heaven.

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Mike Mineo

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