This album was released as audio cd as well as a hybrid SA-CD that is part of the "Deluxe Edition". Note that the U.S. Deluxe Edition comes with a normal audio CD + DVD only.
UK audio cd release:
Label: Mute Records (Venusnote) (LC 5834) - Cat#: CDStumm260 - Distributor: EMI - EAN: 0094634057707 - ASIN: B000B9VDME
EU copy controlled audio cd release:
Label: Mute Records (Venusnote) (LC 5834) - Cat#: intCDStumm260 - Distributor: EMI - EAN: 0094634057523 - ASIN: B000AYO3NG
EU hybrid SA-CD Deluxe Edition:
Label: Mute Records (Venusnote) (LC 5834) - Cat#: LCDStumm260 - Distributor: EMI - EAN: 0094634243025 - ASIN: B000B9VDMO
|associated singles/EPs:||A Pain That I’m Used To|
John the Revelator / Lilian
|included in:||The Complete Depeche Mode|
|supporting tours:||Touring the Angel|
|lyrics page:||https://genius.com/albums/Depeche-mode/Playing-the-angel [info]|
|other databases:||https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/depeche_mode/playing_the_angel/ [info]|
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A return to form. There, I said it. It's a boring old cliche but in this case, an appropriate one. The troubled electro kings have come storming back with album number 11: a deeply personal work which shows off Dave Gahan's dramatic vocals to perfection, and shines with trademark Mode melancholia and dark sexuality.
The mood swings from hurt in tracks like "A Pain That I'm Used To" and "I Want It All" to hope, which tentatively radiates from "Nothing's Impossible". The first single, "Precious", manages to retain a pop catchiness while still remaining very much a lament. The whole album is an ode to isolation and confusion.
Glowing with crystalline synths, softly menacing guitars and fragile contemplation, Playing The Angel conjures up an almost tangible sense of damage. If you want to get a little closer to Gahan's notorious journey to heroin-induced hell and back, you've come to the right place.