Playing the Angel

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Well-crafted -- lots for teen fans to enjoy.

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Positive Messages

Filled with Christian imagery and symbolism.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album is filled with Christian imagery and symbolism with an alternative slant; comfort levels may vary.

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Adult Written bygreenhighway April 9, 2008

nice production values, but beware..

This cd is not for kids. Playing the Angel is an adult album about adult relationships...dont be fooled. Almost all Depeche Mode cds (minus their first one) ar... Continue reading
Adult Written bytlilly April 9, 2008

Sucks to be your kids

Anyway, this album is ABSOLUTELY CLEAN. There is NOTHING WRONG WITH IT! It is great music. Yes, they talk about men and women-but not SEX. There is a HUGE di... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLink2359 January 14, 2018

Amazing album from an amazing band

I've grown up listening to Depeche Mode ever since my dad introduced it to me. Playing the Angel is perhaps one of their best albums, alongside Violator, U... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byOceanbreeze139 February 9, 2013

A Great Band with 80's synth roots

Depeche Mode never gets old. Their albums dating all the way back to '81 are all fabulously crafted and each is a work of art. While they have drastically... Continue reading

What's the story?

Depeche Mode's first new album in four years, PLAYING THE ANGELS, is exquisite, and sure to delight hard-core fans.

Is it any good?

Filled with provocative Christian imagery and spiritual symbolism, the lyrics might challenge the comfort levels of some conservative families, but will excite and inspire most songwriters and music lovers. The tracks are all interesting, well-crafted, wonderfully performed, and flawlessly produced. Musical high points include the stunning gospel-tinged rocker "John the Revelator" -- "By claiming God as his holy right/he's stealing a God from the Israelites/stealing a God from the Muslim too/There is only one God, through and through" -- which offers a perspective not often heard in rock & roll. Nearly every song has a religious dimension.

Soaring, uplifting instrumental tracks balance the dark brooding tone of many of the lyrics. With not even a whisper of world-weary "we've been at this way too long" fatigue, the band delivers its quintessential hi-tech electronic pop with musical hooks to spare and a beat you can dance to.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it takes for a band to stay together for 25 years.

Music details

  • Artist: Depeche Mode
  • Release date: October 1, 2005
  • Label: Reprise
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: August 11, 2015

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