- Spirit

Depeche Mode - Spirit
CRITIC SCORE
69
Based on 19 reviews
2017 Rank: #448 / 572
USER SCORE
65
Based on
86 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly

The new political focus has inspired a return to riffs and melodies that stick.

90
AllMusic

Robust and fearless, Spirit may end up being one of the earliest and best salvos of its political era. Despite dour lyrics to the contrary, Depeche Mode haven't given up on humanity. Spirit exhumes the remains of our better nature and demands its resurrection.

80
The Line of Best Fit

It's their best since 1993’s Songs of Faith and Devotion.

80
Exclaim!

With their latest release, Depeche Mode prove they have both the musical depth and strength of conviction to outlast us all.

80
The Guardian

On Spirit, the moments where inspiration dips are few, far between and swamped by those where Depeche Mode sound raw and alive and rigidly opposed to merely going through the motions.

80
Sputnikmusic

A painfully accurate record that portrays some of today's main political and social issues.

80
Mojo

Blow by blow, it all adds up to Depeche Mode’s best album this century.

80
Under The Radar

Spirit isn't all political agenda ... Whether political or romantic, the effects of both are similar. The perennial group has hit yet another career peak. 

70
Clash

This is the kind of album that is necessary for shining a light on our basest traits and for encouraging us to think differently all over again; in that sense, for the first time in a long time, Depeche Mode have judged this just right.

70
Rolling Stone

With a smart mix of techno-leaning keyboards and bluesy guitar, à la their 1990 high-water mark, Violator, it’s easy to get swept away in their gospel.

68
Pitchfork

Spirit is Depeche Mode’s most pointedly topical album, but the synth giants still write universal, stadium-sized music. These songs make you feel like singing in response to today’s headlines.

65
Northern Transmissions

While moody as ever, Depeche Mode add plenty of political punch to the proceedings this time around.

60
God Is in the TV

It’s by no means a perfect record, or even a great one, but it shows that Depeche Mode do indeed still have a bit of spirit in them.

60
musicOMH

There’s no getting away from the fact that Spirit is hard work though. It’s very much a serious album that aims to address the problems in the world, but given that the problems in the world are so horrific right now, it’s not a record to put on for some light escapism.

54
GIGsoup

‘Spirit’ may be more of the same from Depeche Mode, but damn will they do things by halves because ‘Spirit’ is one of the finest filler albums you’ll ever come across.

53
Paste

It’s an occasionally comical throwback to when they were at their biggest, with a few good-not-great moments.

50
Consequence of Sound

The calls for revolution lack the nuance and wit befitting the band's continued sonic evolution.

50
No Ripcord

Rather than going for broke, Depeche Mode eked out a half-decent release that doesn't do either the theme or their abilities any justice. It may be called Spirit, but this album is sorely lacking in soul.

40
The Independent

On Spirit, Depeche Mode get serious and political, which doesn’t really suit them.

Mar 17, 2017
pearshapedexe
2
"Now, on album fourteen, they stall to an absolute halt. The game is well and truly up for this band. Pains me to say it, but they’re finished."

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Sep 23, 2017
90
Their best album since Ultra. A return to form for Martin Gore's songwriting. The band seem renewed with energy and conviction.
Aug 18, 2017
maciek91
80
As a whole, Spirit may be Depeche Mode’s best album since Violator. But does that make it a magnificent achievement? I’m not sure. It’s also a political statement, which tries to be relevant, and sometimes it succeeds, but it doesn’t feel as sincere as it should. It’s like treating Lady Gaga as the queen of alternative music. It does not feels accurate. However, musically it has a coherency that was lacking in some of the previous DM’s records, making it ... read more
Jul 20, 2017
VinylHound83
68
Going Backwards - 9/10
Where's the Revolution - 9/10
The Worst Crime - 8/10
Scum - 8/10
You Move - 5/10
Cover Me - 3/10
Eternal - 5/10
Poison Heart - 9/10
So Much Love - 9/10
Poorman - 6/10
No More (This Is the Last Time) - 6/10
Fail - 5/10

Overall Rating: 82 out of 120 = 68 %

Overall Opinion: The highs are high and the lows are low. This album is very spotty but luckily it's a digital album in a digital world and we can skip the filler.

Best tracks: Where's The Revolution, The Worst ... read more
Jun 11, 2017
Music_Observer
62
Continuing down their path of trying to create more intimate and meaningful music, Depeche Mode fail to use their expertise in synthetic texture to enliven the rather apathetic musical layers, with the result being a sedated yet appreciative attempt at realism. My Score: 111/180 (Okay) = 62/100
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Track List
  1. Going Backwards
  2. Where's the Revolution
  3. The Worst Crime
  4. Scum
  5. You Move
  6. Cover Me
  7. Eternal
  8. Poison Heart
  9. So Much Love
  10. Poorman
  11. No More (This Is the Last Time)
  12. Fail


Added on: February 1, 2017