I listened to Depeche Mode's latest CD - Playing the Angel - in its entirety while at the gym last night and, I must say, I'm impressed. It's a return to electronic form after the foray into live instrumentation over their last few albums. Not that I didn't like their more organic stuff (in fact, Songs of Faith and Devotion is one of my all-time favorite albums), but synthesizers are the band's bread and butter. And the songs are all really strong. It's no Violator, but it's no Ultra, either. So buy the damn album!