So it took a bit of time, but I finally have thoughts on the New Dewpeche Mode album - Playing the Angel.
Kind of a mix between Exciter and Ultra. I loved the former but did not like the latter. PTA is a melancholy (who's surprised) electronica ode to pain. This album, like Songs of faith and devotion, plays with DM's disdain for religious piety and the trappings of self righteousness with song titles like "The sinner in me" and "John the Revelator". The music also plays alot with dower lyrics contrasted by edgy, electronic beats and aggressive melody in song like "Precious", "A Pain that I'm used to", and "Suffer Well".
In short: Playing the Angel is a good album. It's not Violator, but really, what is. The music is more accessable this time out, but still just as remote.
Who else has heard it?