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Depeche Mode – Memento Mori

As a diehard fan of Depeche Mode since the early 80s, I couldn’t help but feel that something was missing since Alan Wilder’s departure. So, as you can imagine, I didn’t have high expectations for their latest release. However, I must admit that my skepticism was proven wrong, and I was blown away by the album.

“My Cosmos Is Mine” is an incredible opening track that sets the bar high for the rest of the album. With its crunchy beats, Martin’s guitar, and 80s-sounding synths, it’s a masterpiece. And let’s not forget about Dave’s spot-on vocals.

“Wagging Tongue” brings back the old-school Depeche Mode sound with its simple synths and powerful build-up, making it the perfect bridge to the track “Ghosts Again.”

Speaking of “Ghosts Again,” I have to confess that I wasn’t a fan of it when it first came out. However, it has grown on me, and I’m now completely in love with it. It proves that Depeche Mode can still create pop songs with an edge. The lyrics are thought-provoking, just like any other Depeche Mode song, and the melody is simply beautiful. It even brings tears to my eyes.

“Don’t Say You Love Me” is another fantastic song that showcases Depeche Mode’s ability to compose beautiful music. The dirty synths and excellent string work are simply amazing, and the vocals tie everything together perfectly.

“My Favourite Stranger” is one of my favourite tracks on the album. It takes me back to when I was 14 years old, with its 80s-style bass and Martin’s guitar. Dave’s hypnotic vocals backed up by Mr. Gore make it a simple yet powerful track.

“Soul with Me” is the Martin ballad that every Depeche Mode album needs. Written by Mr. Gore, the lyrics are reminiscent of his solo work, and the melody is simply beautiful.

“Caroline’s Monkey” is a track that couldn’t be more Depeche Mode, with its chord progression and sound design. Dave’s vocals are spot-on, and it’s the perfect companion to the classic Depeche Mode groove.

“Before We Drown” showcases Dave’s powerful voice on a slow track, with Gore’s voice blending in perfectly in the chorus. It’s a powerful track, both musically and lyrically.

“People Are Good” has a Kraftwerk-inspired sound that instantly grabs your attention. It’s also one of my favourites on the album because it feels both old and fresh at the same time.

“Always You” proves once again that Depeche Mode can do love songs like no one else. It’s a classic DM-sounding track with sounds from the Berlin era that make me fall in love with it.

“Never Let Me Go” takes you on a nostalgic ride with its rock track blended with Dave’s voice that at some places reminds me of Tora! Tora! Tora!. It’s a fitting tribute to their old and new sound.

And finally, “Speak To Me” is a track that shows the band’s desire to give their fans an album for the masses. Dave’s vocals are some of the best he has ever performed, and the floating pads make it an unforgettable track.

“Memento Mori” is an impressive album that demonstrates Depeche Mode’s ability to create new music while still staying true to their roots. From the powerful opening track “My Cosmos Is Mine” to the emotional ballad “Before We Drown,” and the classic-sounding “Always You,” the album offers a diverse range of songs that will satisfy both longtime fans and newcomers alike. The album shows that Depeche Mode is still a force to be reckoned with in the music industry, and they have once again delivered a masterpiece that will be cherished by their fans for years to come.

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