Delta Machine

Depeche Mode - Delta Machine
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2013 Ratings: #662 / 1023
User Score
Based on 104 ratings
2013 Ratings: #394
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March 26, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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In what has always been a frighteningly consistent career, Delta Machine stands there amongst the band’s finest work.


It’s clear Depeche Mode have come back with a drive, focus and determination, to raise a bar they set over two decades earlier.

The 405

They're not trying to recapture past glories - some would say that the band still being together in some form after 33 years is a miracle in itself - and to their credit, they're still pushing forward.

FACT Magazine

It’s not a huge stride in a new direction, but its incorporation of new sounds into the established blueprint sounds like a band both mature and renewed.


Delta Machine, the band's 13th album, feeds off this negative energy and winds like a snake the whole time, slithering through a well-written and lusciously recorded set of serpentine siren songs.


A fairly solid Depeche Mode LP with an air of finality about it.

Consequence of Sound

If the synths, keyboards, and guitars don’t convince you, look to those unmistakable vocals from Gahan and Gore, showing in song after song that they still give a shit after all these years.

A.V. Club

Unlike much of Depeche Mode’s recent output, these songs sound like they have purpose and direction.

No Ripcord

Despite many good songs on this album, you will definitely get a sense that Depeche Mode is in a holding pattern.

Under The Radar

Whenever his voice fails to maintain their illusion of flawlessness, whole songs tend to crumble down around it; suddenly, the lyrics seem silly and obtuse, the melodies flat, the music too sterile.


There is not a single moment of shock or freshness on Delta Machine, and it's enormously frustrating to hear what was once a band of futurists so deeply mired in resisting change.

Drowned in Sound

They’re so enamoured with their own sonic aesthetic that they’re over-reliant on familiar synth textures and patterns to engender their own well worn notion of atmosphere, and often at the expense of melody leaving a blank space where there should be moody synth-pop songs. 


Where this album tries for a harder, more adventurous sound, they’re still stuck with one leg in leather trousers.


Delta Machine is not an album for diehards, and I’m hard-pressed to imagine it being for any human being. 

Welcome to My World 6.6
Angel 6.8
Heaven 7.1
Secret to the End 6.1
My Little Universe 4.5
Slow 6.1
Broken 7.2
The Child Inside 6.3
Soft Touch/Raw Nerve 6.5
Sould Be Higher 6.9
Alone 6.5
Soothe My Soul 7.2
Goodbye 6.7
Long Time Lie 6.1
Happens All the Time 5.6
Always 5.1
All That's Mine 6

cohesive +1
Delta Machine feels like a hollow husk of Depeche Modes sound. The album just drags on to long and relies too heavily on Gahans's vocals that the instrumentation is just bland.

Best Track: Heaven
Worst Track: Goodbye
Better album than previous which were produced by Hiller! A few good songs but stil missing esence of sharpness.
A step up from their last effort (Sounds of the Universe), with some Bluesy grooves. Mixed by Flood, the album offers some very good songs ("Should Be Higher", "Alone", "Broken") while falling short on others. Still missing is the complex, multi-layered sound of their late 80s, early 90s productions.
Stuck on their shadow, wander indifferently in their own-known world.
Is dinosaurism their new ambition?
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Track List

  1. Welcome to My World
  2. Angel
  3. Heaven
  4. Secret to the End
  5. My Little Universe
  6. Slow
  7. Broken
  8. The Child Inside
  9. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
  10. Should Be Higher
  11. Alone
  12. Soothe My Soul
  13. Goodbye
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Added on: January 24, 2013