DEPECHE MODE DROPS NEW ALBUM ‘SPIRIT’ WITH TRACKS CO-WRITTEN BY PETE GORDENO AND CHRISTIAN EIGNER
Legendary British rock band Depeche Mode have released their new album, Spirit, today via Columbia Records. The twelve track collection, which marks the band’s fourteenth album, features the songs “Cover Me” and “Poison Heart”, both co-written by Reservoir/Reverb Music writers Pete Gordeno and Christian Eigner. Gorden and Eigner are permanent members of Depeche Mode’s touring band, joining the group in 1998 and 1997 respectively.
While the album has been earning high praise all around, “Cover Me” and “Poison Heart”, in particular have been noted as Spirit’s stand out tracks. Clash Music proclaims that “‘Cover Me’ is one of those redemptive songs that Depeche Mode are so good at, with that slow climb out of misery toward some sort of anguished optimism…It’s reverential, but fresh at the same time.” The Guardian adds, that “the fantastic Cover Me, [is] a lone crack of light amid the otherwise consuming darkness: it slowly builds up to a finale that takes up half the song, is entirely instrumental and based around a simple analogue synth arpeggio.”
The Guardian also notes that “‘Poison Heart’, meanwhile, offers a distinctly Depeche Modeish twist on retro soul: the rhythm pared back to a metronomic boom-crash, the choppy, staccato guitar electronically warped until it feels like a punch to the guts, the background occasionally erupting into the kind of industrial clanking that decorated 1983’s Construction Time Again.”
“Nearly every song on Spirit laments the death of human decency, often in disarmingly beautiful ways (see…the forlornly crooned “Poison Heart”). But 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.” Rolling Stone echos.
Depeche Mode, will launch their European tour in May, with dates Stateside starting in August.
Stream Spirit below: