One of the standout tracks from the album, ‘Soothe My Soul’ is in stark contrast to the sedate lead single ‘Heaven’. The song bears the hallmarks of vintage DM, featuring a strong vocal performance from Messrs Gahan and Gore, set to a catchy blues riff not dissimilar to that of world conquering 1989 hit ‘Personal Jesus’. Indeed, the similarity between the tracks has already led to a spate of mash-ups appearing online.
Lyrically the song deals with one of Martin Gore’s favourite subjects; “there’s only one way to soothe my soul” he asserts, and the video should leave little doubt as to what he is referring to! Be warned if you are viewing at work, there is some risqué content featuring a naked model and a snake. Directed by Warren Fu, whose previous video credits include THE KILLERS and DAFT PUNK, it is an undeniably stylish affair, shot entirely in monochrome with a distinctive square frame.
Meanwhile, new album ‘Delta Machine’ has been generally welcomed by critics. Whilst all agree that it is an improvement on 2009’s lacklustre outing ‘Sounds Of The Universe’, some are hailing the album as a complete return to form for the trio. Certainly this new single will delight fans who like their Mode dark, sexy and a little subversive. With ‘Soothe My Soul’, DEPECHE MODE might just have rediscovered their mojo!
DEPECHE MODE play London’s O2 Arena on 28th and 29th May. Please visit
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Text by Steve Gray
3rd April 2013