ALBUM REVIEW:  Depeche Mode (8/10)

Memento Mori

Columbia Records

Producer: James Ford and Marta Salogni

Depeche Mode fanatics likely suffered pangs of anxiety after the recent death of cofounder Andy Fletcher. Now a duo, Dave Gahan and Martin Gore have proven their worries to be unfounded. As it turns out, Fletch’s passing and the unease triggered by COVID’s ravages spurred a fresh burst of pulsating creativity. It’s impressive how the pair manages to stay true to their artistic legacy while offering a sonic picture that’s relevant with modern listeners.

– Andy Kaufmann