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Depeche Mode’s Memento Mori was released in March 2023. This is the band’s fifteenth studio album and the first since the loss of co-founder and keyboard player Andy “Fletch” Fletcher.
This album also happens to be one of their best, channeling classic Depeche Mode elements from their previous work, with soaring synths and thumping basslines tied together by delicate, melodic lyrics. As you would expect from the timing, the album draws heavily from themes of death and mortality, while also being informed by the twin horrors of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, lending the album a melancholy but powerful feel overall.
You can hear the influence of their previous albums, especially “Violator”, “Songs Of Faith And Devotion” and “Music For The Masses”. There are some absolutely stellar tracks, “Ghosts Again” in particular is my favourite Depeche Mode release in years, with “Always You” and “Soul With Me” not far behind, but none of the other nine tracks disappoint, even the slight oddities “Caroline’s Monkey” & “My Cosmos Is Mine” are engaging in their own unique ways.
The album is released by Columbia Records (Sony Music Entertainment) on 2LPs of 180g audiophile vinyl in tri-fold sleeves with an etched D-side, printed inners and poster. We have copies available on Black vinyl available at £40 and can get the Limited Edition Translucent Red vinyl by special order at £52.
If you have ever been a Depeche Mode fan, this is really one not to miss!