Since I brought it up yesterday, let’s take a look at what Depeche Mode has been up to fairly recently, with “Wrong”:
I have to admit, I kind of love this.
Depeche Mode is not a relevant band by any definition at this point, and if you listen to this, it’s apparent why, as they haven’t massively evolved stylistically from their debut. Their tools have improved, and their production is much better, but they still sound like you’d expect Depeche Mode to sound in 2014. Here’s the thing though: Depeche Mode in 2014 still sounds kind of interesting, mostly because the band doesn’t release records constantly, and they still know how to assemble an interesting beat and hook when they do release stuff. Thirteen CD’s in 32 years is fairly prolific, to be certain, but it gives you time to think about things and experiment a bit, rather than releasing a new CD every year that pounds your sound into the dirt. I mean, I’m just saying.