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Playing the Angel

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Well-crafted -- lots for teen fans to enjoy.

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Positive messages

Filled with Christian imagery and symbolism.

Violence
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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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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.

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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.

Families can talk 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

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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) are this way. This cd talks about how "all the sad ones, devil's companions" should "stay as you are, the darkest star." I dont think I need an explanation. Most of the songs are about a man who is in a relationship with a woman (such as "Lillian" where his heart is "ripped apart in the name of fun.") Other songs are clearly about sex "Macro," The album does have some positive songs such as "precious," but dont let it trick you into thinking its all "good" for kids.
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 changed since then, their music is never bad. So much better than the pop we hear today. The only concern is that much of their music is dark and often depressing, but very poetic. Now Common Sense Media needs to put their other albums on here. Can't wait for their new album Delta Machine in March!
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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 difference. Great album!

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