- Spirit

Depeche Mode - Spirit
CRITIC SCORE
70
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Rank: #103 / 150
USER SCORE
66
Based on
41 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.

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.

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.

40
The Independent

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

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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luisdelrey2016
70
► BEST TRACKS: "Going Backwards", "You Move" and "Cover Me"
► WORST TRACKS: "So Much Love"
PaulyZ
77
Tracklist:

Going Backwards (8.9)
Where's the Revolution (9.2)
The Worst Crime (6.3)
Scum (7.5)
You Move (8.0)
Cover Me (6.4)
Eternal (7.2)
Poison Heart (8.1)
So Much Love (7.6)
Poorman (7.5)
No More (This Is the Last Time) (7.3)
Fail (7.8)
40
Album: 40/100
Eternal: 01/100
Depeche Mode: WAKE UP
TORARADICAL
NR
A pure snooze of gloom.
Should be sold as the cure for insomnia.
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DETAILS

March 17, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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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