Spirit (Depeche Mode album)

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Spirit
Depeche Mode - Spirit.png
Studio album by Depeche Mode
Released 17 March 2017 (2017-03-17)
Recorded April–August 2016
Studio
Length 49:23
Label
Producer James Ford
Depeche Mode chronology
Delta Machine
(2013)
Spirit
(2017)
Singles from Spirit
  1. "Where's the Revolution"
    Released: 3 February 2017
  2. "Going Backwards"
    Released: 23 June 2017
  3. "Cover Me"
    Released: 6 October 2017

Spirit is the 14th studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 17 March 2017 by Columbia Records and Mute Records. It was preceded by the single "Where's the Revolution". Spirit is the band's second album released under Columbia. Depeche Mode recorded it with new producer James Ford.

Background and promotion[edit]

On 11 October 2016, the band announced that they would embark on the Global Spirit Tour to support the album. The tour kicked off in Solna, Sweden, on 5 May 2017 and ended on 25 July 2018 in Berlin, Germany.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.6/10[2]
Metacritic74/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
The Independent2/5 stars[7]
Mojo4/5 stars[8]
The Observer3/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork6.8/10[10]
Q4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[12]
Uncut7/10[13]

Spirit received highly positive reviews from critics upon release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 74, based on 24 reviews.[3]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Drowned in Sound Favourite Albums of 2017
2017
84

Commercial performance[edit]

Spirit debuted at number five on the UK Albums Chart, selling 23,658 units in its first week. It is their 17th top ten album in the UK.[15] The following week, the album dropped out of the top 10 to number 17 with sales of 5,658.[16] The album debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200, selling 64,000 album-equivalent units (62,000 in pure album sales).[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Martin L. Gore, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Going Backwards"5:43
2."Where's the Revolution"4:59
3."The Worst Crime"3:48
4."Scum"3:14
5."You Move" (writers: Gore, Dave Gahan)3:50
6."Cover Me" (writers: Gahan, Peter Gordeno, Christian Eigner)4:52
7."Eternal"2:25
8."Poison Heart" (writers: Gahan, Gordeno, Eigner)3:17
9."So Much Love"4:29
10."Poorman"4:26
11."No More (This Is the Last Time)" (writers: Gahan, Kurt Uenala)3:13
12."Fail"5:07
Total length:49:23
Deluxe edition bonus disc[18]
No.TitleLength
1."Cover Me" (Alt Out; writers: Gahan, Gordeno, Eigner)4:27
2."Scum" (Frenetic Mix)5:26
3."Poison Heart" (Tripped Mix; writers: Gahan, Gordeno, Eigner)4:16
4."Fail" (Cinematic Cut)5:38
5."So Much Love" (Machine Mix)7:20
Total length:27:07

Personnel[edit]

Depeche Mode

  • Dave Gahan – lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Martin Gore – guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Eternal" and "Fail"
  • Andy Fletcher – keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals

Additional musicians, production and engineering

  • James Ford – production, mixing, drums (all tracks, except "Eternal"), pedal steel guitar on "Cover Me"
  • Matrixxman – programming
  • Kurt Uenala – programming, bass guitar on "Poison Heart" and "No More (This is the Last Time)"
  • Jimmy Robertson – engineering, mix engineering
  • Connor Long – assistant engineer
  • Óscar Muñoz – assistant engineer
  • David Schaeman – assistant engineer
  • Brendan Morawski – assistant engineer, mix assistant
  • Brian Lucey – mastering
  • Daniel Miller – A&R
  • Jonathan Kessler – management

Artwork

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[61] Platinum 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[62] Gold 100,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[63] Gold 3,000^
Italy (FIMI)[64] Gold 25,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[65] 3× Platinum 60,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[66] Gold 15,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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