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.

Normal edition

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

Deluxe Edition

EU hybrid SA-CD Deluxe Edition:
Label: Mute Records (Venusnote) (LC 5834) - Cat#: LCDStumm260 - Distributor: EMI - EAN: 0094634243025 - ASIN: B000B9VDMO

Annotation last modified on 2014-11-23 18:13 .


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Playing the Angel CD 13 Mute TOCP-66471 4988006834996
Playing the Angel Copy Control CD 12 Mute int.cdstumm260 0094634057523
Playing the Angel Hybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer) + DVD-Video 12 + 24 + 28 Mute 0094634243025, LCDStumm260 0094634243025
Playing the Angel CD 12 Mute cdstumm260 0094634057707
Playing the Angel CD 12 Mute cdstumm260 094634057523
Playing the Angel CD 12 Sire Records 49348-2 093624934820
Playing the Angel CD + DVD-Video 12 + 27 Sire Records 49456-2 093624945628
Playing the Angel: Instrumentals CD-R 12 Reprise Records [none]
Playing the Angel CD 12 East Records (Russian pirate company), MG Records (russian bootlegs) 4635053012463
Playing the Angel 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Mute 0094634020114, stumm260 094634020114


associated singles/EPs: A Pain That I’m Used To
John the Revelator / Lilian
Suffer Well
supporting tours: Touring the Angel
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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.