Depeche Mode ‎– Playing The Angel

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A Pain That I'm Used To 4:11
John The Revelator 3:43
Suffer Well 3:49
The Sinner In Me 4:56
Precious 4:10
Macro 4:04
I Want It All 6:09
Nothing's Impossible 4:22
Introspectre 1:42
Damaged People 3:30
Lilian 4:50
The Darkest Star 6:55

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cdstumm260, 0094634057707 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album) Mute, Mute cdstumm260, 0094634057707 UK 2005 Sell This Version
N 0005106, M CD 0700 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel (Full Version)(CDr, Album, Unofficial) Русский Стандарт, Русский Стандарт N 0005106, M CD 0700 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
none Depeche Mode Playing The Angel (Instrumentals)(CDr, Album, Promo) Reprise Records none US 2005 Sell This Version
TOCP-66471, 0094634057707 Depeche Mode = デペッシュ・モード* Depeche Mode = デペッシュ・モード* - Playing The Angel = プレイング・ジ・エンジェル(CD, Album, Enh, Promo) Mute, Virgin, Mute TOCP-66471, 0094634057707 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
none Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(13xFile, AAC, Copy Prot., Album, Bon + File, MPEG-) Sire none US 2005
stumm260, 0094634020114 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(2xLP, Album) Mute, Mute stumm260, 0094634020114 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
PRODMPTABOX1 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(2xLP, Album + Box, Ltd, Promo) EMI Music (Greece) PRODMPTABOX1 Greece 2005 Sell This Version
4934820 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album) Sire, Reprise Records, Mute 4934820 Mexico 2005 Sell This Version
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49348-2 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album) Sire, Mute, Reprise Records 49348-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
int.cdstumm260, 0094634773522 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album) Mute, Mute int.cdstumm260, 0094634773522 Thailand 2005 Sell This Version
cdstumm260, CDVIR (WF) 773 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album) Mute, Mute cdstumm260, CDVIR (WF) 773 South Africa 2005 Sell This Version
49348-2 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album) Sire, Mute 49348-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
PRODMPTABOX2 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album + Box, Promo, Ltd, P/Unofficial) EMI Music Greece PRODMPTABOX2 Greece 2005 Sell This Version
49456-2 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album + DVD-V, Multichannel, NTSC + Dlx, Ltd, ) Sire, Reprise Records, Warner Reprise Video, Mute 49456-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
lcdstumm260, 0094634243025 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album + DVD-V, Multichannel, PAL, Comp + Dlx, ) Mute (2), Mute (2) lcdstumm260, 0094634243025 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
49348-2 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, Club) Sire, Reprise Records, Mute 49348-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
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CX00721, 0094634057523 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, Copy Prot.) Mute, Mute CX00721, 0094634057523 Indonesia 2005 Sell This Version
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0094634816724 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, Copy Prot.) Gala Records (5), Mute 0094634816724 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
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094634522922 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, Copy Prot. + DVD-V, Multichannel, PAL) Mute 094634522922 Argentina 2005 Sell This Version
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TOCP-66471, 0094634057707 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, Enh) Mute, Virgin, Mute TOCP-66471, 0094634057707 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
TCD 1005160 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, Unofficial) Mute (2), East Records (3) TCD 1005160 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
CDSTUMM260E Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, Unofficial) Mute (2) CDSTUMM260E Russia 2005 Sell This Version
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OL 0523 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, Unofficial) Mute (2) OL 0523 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
none Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CDr, Promo, Smplr) EMI Music Publishing Ltd. none US 2005 Sell This Version
0094634598743 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(Cass, Album) Mute 0094634598743 Malaysia 2005 Sell This Version
0094634598743 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(Cass, Album) Mute 0094634598743 Ukraine 2005 Sell This Version
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none Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Depeche Mode) none Russia 2005 Sell This Version
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UMDSTUMM260, 0094633691292 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(UMD, Album) Mute, Mute UMDSTUMM260, 0094633691292 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
MUTE STUMM 263 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel (Instrumental)(CD) Not On Label (Depeche Mode) MUTE STUMM 263 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
cdstumm260, 0094634057707 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, RP) Mute, Mute cdstumm260, 0094634057707 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
CDCOL7494 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, RE) Sony Music, BMG Rights Management, Mute CDCOL7494 South Africa 2013 Sell This Version
88883750842 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, RE) Sony Music, BMG Rights Management, Mute 88883750842 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
1-48791 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Mute 1-48791 US 2014 Sell This Version
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SICP 30545 Depeche Mode Playing The Angel(CD, Album, RE, Blu) Columbia, Mute SICP 30545 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
none Depeche Mode Playing The Angel (Instrumentals)(CDr, Album) Warner Music Group none USA & Canada Unknown Sell This Version
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synapticflow

synapticflow

February 12, 2016
referencing Playing The Angel, CD, Album, cdstumm260, 0094634057707
This is the worst Depeche Mode release I have ever heard. I like maybe one song and I'm so disappointed I bought this.
eppo

eppo

August 25, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Playing The Angel, SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album + DVD-V, Multich, lcdstumm260, 0094634243025

It's a shame that the mastering(as it was previously mentioned) for both the CDDA & DVD tracks is a mess, not very enjoyable.
So I ripped the SACD content for myself, hoping... It worked!
SACD mastering is fine, after a little levelling/amplifying/converting into more convenient format & it sounds far better.
SecretRecords

SecretRecords

August 24, 2014
referencing Playing The Angel, CD, Album, cdstumm260, 0094634057707
One of the best DM albums. Even the songs Martin Gore sings are less painful then they usually are. This album has way more balls then some people would like. If you are into the horribly cheesy Ultra and Exciter you will want to stay away from this one but if you want your DM with some industrial and goth edge to it then check this out.
TRANSWAVES

TRANSWAVES

July 30, 2014
referencing Playing The Angel, CD, Album, cdstumm260, 0094634057707
This album is not even worth having!! It is album with songs you will never remember when you have heard them. None of them will get stuck on your mind!!! By now DM should have lay of their hat and leave the music scene to someone else?? The two first albums were a revolution at the music scene and some albums after that but now they are an average band that has no soul or stick from other bands. Make us a favor and quit now so other better bands can take over!!!
dbarros

dbarros

March 4, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Playing The Angel, 2xLP, Album, stumm260, 0094634020114
The worst mastered Depeche Mode record. Vinyl has a bit better sound, but the outrageous LP prices don't reflect the exact "improvement" over the CD version. To me, this record needs a total new stereo mix. The songs don't help either: they're the most industrial DM tracks to date. Nothing wrong with that but why the need for the first 4 tracks to sound like pure Nine Inch Nails? And there is no excuse to leave out "potential A-Sides" that were eventually set as B-Sides, "Free" and "Newborn" out of the record in favour of stuff like "I Want It All" and "John The Revelator".

Still waiting for a proper remastered version with the B-Sides as bonus tracks.
rush4you

rush4you

February 3, 2013
referencing Playing The Angel, 2xLP, Album, stumm260, 0094634020114
LP1 A side,for me is a little bit greasy, i don know, but i guess, its a recording issue.Other 3 sides is correct, better than cd versions.
AWW

AWW

January 30, 2013
referencing Playing The Angel, SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album + DVD-V, Multich, lcdstumm260, 0094634243025

XLENT. Ballsy. Is to DM what 'The Cure' album is to The Cure. Let it rip. Super noizy 5.1, turn it up to eleven!!
E808D

E808D

October 18, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Playing The Angel, CD, Album, cdstumm260, 0094634057707
This album suffers greatly from it's mastering at such high loudness levels which gives the music a very artificial and flat sound. Looking at the waveforms of the songs shows virtually every one pushed up to maximum levels throughout resulting in all peaks clipped, producing little subtlety and no relenting from a wall of noise.

A foghorn deluge opens one of the worst culprits in A Pain That I'm Used To followed by the equally unforgiving John The Revelator, both decent enough songs but with no space to breath and little variation in levels throughout, just noise. Later tracks seem better until a sharp stab of bass seems to overcome everything, a noise from the background seems to suddenly jump wildly in volume (The Sinner In Me) or the chorus is just pushed so high that you want to turn it down (Suffer Well/Precious/Macro).

Precious is the most accessible and commercially popular song but not the easiest to listen to due to the overbearing height to which everything is pushed. The intricacies of sound are often very much lost. Being two of the quieter songs, I Want It All and Nothing's Impossible, should, in the context of the album, be a respite from the loudness but, in the latter’s case especially, it is almost as if the sound is muffled as well as being muted with vocals pushed far back in the mix which muddies the track.

The album credits show the mastering to be by Emily Lazar of The Lodge and, from experience and research, that name seems synonymous with the "Loudness War" (http://www.sharoma.com/loudness_war.htm / http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/15278-shame-list-bad-redbook-cd-transfers/ ). BT's album, These Hopeful Machines (http://www.discogs.com/BT-These-Hopeful-Machines/release/2188060 ), is one example that suffers due to Lazar's over-loud mastering and resultant compression of sound levels and detail.

It is a shame that this album wasn’t treated more sympathetically, it would have made for a far better listening experience. Some good songs and good vocal performances are hidden away in the sonic boom.
LostBoyInSpace

LostBoyInSpace

February 15, 2010
referencing Playing The Angel, CD, Album, Copy Prot., int.cdstumm260, 0094634057523
This album is excellent. A nice blend of alternative electronics and rock. To me this Depeche Mode's best album right behind 'Sounds Of The Universe', 'Black Celebration', 'Violator' and 'Some Great Reward'. It could easily be at the top of the list. It will be considered a classic in ten years.

The first single 'Precious' is already a classic. Right up there with other big DM hits like 'Enjoy The Silence', 'People Are People', 'It's No Good' and 'Personal Jesus'.

All the singles off this album are excellent, and should have been huge hits, but DM are one of the most under-rated band out there, despite their many fans.

My favorite track off this album is: 'Nothing's Impossible', followed by 'Suffer Well'.
The whole album is good, and also check out the B-sides to the singles. They were also excellent!
Noscho

Noscho

February 13, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Playing The Angel, CD, Album, Copy Prot., int.cdstumm260, 0094634057523
Playing The Angel is the best DM album since Songs Of Faith And Devotion. It has a good concept (pain in various tempos or sth. like that), and the songs reflects the whole idea on the album. The opener, "A Pain That I'm Used To", and "Nothing's Impossible" (written by Dave Gahan) are my favourites. The only thing that upsets me in the album is the Martin-vocal track "Macro". Although it's still a good song, it could have been much better; and could have become one of the best DM songs which Martin is on the vocal.

A little note: Martyr (which is the new single for Best Of) was the first recorded track for Playing The Angel, but the album doesn't contains the song: Because DM thinks that Playing The Angel is such a dark album that Martyr is not a good choice to be on the album. I just can't understand that actually, because the 4th single John The Revelator is a fast-paced track either. Anyway, the album is very well and worth buying. 8.5/10.