Music: Albums - Delta Machine, Depeche Mode

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After 33 years and 13 albums, Basildon synthmasters Depeche Mode remain largely unchanged.

They’ve gone from a four-piece to a trio, and they’ve had their highs (Violator) and lows (Exciter), but on the whole they’re a fairly stable ship.

Their latest, Delta Machine, features all the Mode trademarks fans could hope for - pulsating rhythms and multi-layered synth effects courtesy of Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, as well as powerful baritone vocals from frontman Dave Gahan - and adds to them a sense of rejuvenated vigour not seen in years.

Tracks such as divine opening number Welcome To My World, My Little Universe and The Child Inside boast introspective titles, suggesting the trio have done some soul-searching ahead of this release, and it has certainly paid off: this is their best in decades.

Rating: 9/10

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