The music of Depeche Mode, like that of The Cure, is inextricably linked to my youth. As such, I still get a thrill from listening to such albums as Violator, Black Celebration, and Some Great Reward. But I moved on to other bands and other musical genres, and so Depeche Mode’s output throughout the 1990s and early 2000s always flew under my radar.
However, their most recent output has been making me fall in love with the band all over again. 2005’s Playing The Angel had some incredibly strong tracks — if I were to make a mix for that year, it would almost certainly include “Precious” — and “Wrong” — the first single from their newest album, Sounds of the Universe — is a fine track as well.
And it’s matched with a fantastic video. Exquisitely cinematic and disturbing, like some great suspense thriller, it’s a perfect counterpart to the song’s lyrics and mood. The opening seconds pull you in and leave you somewhat confused as to what’s going on, but as it continues, it becomes alarmingly clearer — and you simply can’t turn away for a single second. Not bad for a band that’s almost thirty years old.
Sounds of the Universe comes out today.