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Depeche Mode — In Sympathy
Album: Sounds Of The Universe
Avg rating:
6.4

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Total ratings: 407









Released: 2009
Length: 4:53
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They're almost falling over you
Why don't they call a truce
Whatever they are trying to do
It's of little use

They're drowning you in compliments
Trying to furnish proof
And though they speak with eloquence
There is little truth

You're bright, you're strong
You know your right from wrong
At least to some degree
You're wise, you're tough
You've heard their lies enough
You smile in sympathy

I'm watching your serenity
The way your soul transcends
Their tedious obscenities
Your patience never ends

And as the night begins to fade
You're heading for the door
Followed by a sad parade
You're on your own once more

You're bright, you're strong
You know your right from wrong
At least to some degree
You're wise, you're tough
You've heard their lies enough
You smile in sympathy

You're bright, you're strong
You know your right from wrong
At least to some degree
You're wise, you're tough
You've heard their lies enough
You smile in sympathy
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Major DM fan here but I would much rather see this song dropped and something better added like Fragile Tension (new lp) or something more obscure like Little 15.
Dr. Girlfriend: Sweetie, isn't that the guy from Depeche Mode?
The Monarch: Oh, no way! Where? Holy crap, he's with a girl?
Dr. Girlfriend: Oh yeah, that guy is totally straight. I saw a whole thing about him on the VH-1.
The Monarch: But he's the guy from Depeche Mode! It's impossible.
Dr. Girlfriend: Straight.
The Monarch: Come on! He's in Depeche Mode!
I never would have thought these guys would last this long .... and sound so good after 30 years!   
 rtrudeau wrote:
I'm loving everything I've heard from the new album. This in particular is an instant 8, possible 9.
 
I agree I love this album!
 rickhoran wrote:


KMFDM
 

"Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid"?
 alisavox wrote:
Pretty pointless
And your point is ?? 


 eroz wrote:

Hey man...don't fix what ain't broke!{#Wink}

  Agreed.


 whtahtefcuk wrote:
Its the cool "Space Invaders" song... Does anyone else hear it?
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opru6qPsPa4

 spigolli wrote:

There's something in the vocal style that makes me want to gag.

 

I agree and it takes a lot for me to gag. They were cool back when I was in high school a million years ago.
Its the cool "Space Invaders" song... Does anyone else hear it?
 anoake wrote:
From their early days of synth to the present day they have been consistently inventive - a legacy of wonderful songs over the years!
 
Agreed!!

From their early days of synth to the present day they have been consistently inventive - a legacy of wonderful songs over the years!
Pretty pointless
 bkrontz wrote:

Are these guys ever going to change their formula?


 

Yeah, and when are those ZZ Top boys gonna' stop playing Texas Blues and jump on the hip hop bandwagon? {#Headache}
 bkrontz wrote:

Wow... 2009, eh? I don't know why that is surprising... any DM tune could easily have been released in the 80's. Are these guys ever going to change their formula?


 
Hey man...don't fix what ain't broke!{#Wink}

I wish more bands would revisit their roots and play from their hearts they way that we first knew them.
Send them back to the 80's
 bkrontz wrote:

Wow... 2009, eh? I don't know why that is surprising... any DM tune could easily have been released in the 80's. Are these guys ever going to change their formula?


 
{#Lol} I was just about to comment that lately, to me, all their songs sound alike. I remember hearing "It's No Good" blasted out over a sound system at a La Femme Nikita convention in Toronto, and I'd never heard the song before.  The sheer power of the song knocked me out (metaphorically) and I bought the CD.  I still have good memories of that, but I don't know if I'd buy anything else of theirs, when I have two CDs that seem to sum up their sound for me.

Wow... 2009, eh? I don't know why that is surprising... any DM tune could easily have been released in the 80's. Are these guys ever going to change their formula?


 chilibob wrote:
I have always liked DM.  Nice!  {#Music}
 

KMFDM
I have always liked DM.  Nice!  {#Music}
I first saw DM in concert back in 1986 and was fortunate to catch them for the 7th time last summer at the Hollywood Bowl.  They sounded better than ever — their live show really took on new life (no pun intended) with the addition of a live drummer, backup singers and a second keyboardist to allow Martin to focus on guitar.  I've been a big DM fan from the first time them back in the early '80s but I never thought they'd last this long and develop such a rock-oriented live show.  You have to admire them for staying relevant and energetic this long.
I normally like DM—sometimes a lot—but the way Gahan sings this song is seriously annoying. 
 Thistle wrote:
Saw DM this summer. They were amazing. World Class act.
 
We had them in fall and I have to say, that they haven't lost anything of the magic they had 21 years ago, when I saw them the first time.

 RedGuitar wrote:
Can someone tell me why I have such an aversion to the music of these guys?
I'm open to just about anything, but just don't care for DM.

 
There's something in the vocal style that makes me want to gag.

OK, I hear the influence on Muse that everyone's been mentioning on the Muse boards. {#Eh}
Love it. Good to hear DM still on form.
Verrry good
I like this .. a 7 :)
DM done gone disco - like totally.
Can someone tell me why I have such an aversion to the music of these guys?
I'm open to just about anything, but just don't care for DM.

Saw DM this summer. They were amazing. World Class act.
YEEHAW! It's Depeche Mode!!! {#Good-vibes}
Depressed Commode, How annoying....

9 {#Arrow} 10

You're bright, you're strong
You know your right from wrong
At least to some degree

You're wise, you're tough
You've heard their lies enough
You smile in sympathy


{#Meditate}

So what's the vote on the album as a whole? I love this song, hate "Little Soul" from this album. That's all I've heard. Has anybody heard the whole thing?
I like the cool space innovator noise.

First tune from the new DM album that I've liked.


 Tizmself wrote:
Hmmm. These guys are done. Time to play Disneyland or an Indian casino.
 
Although this song isn't representative of their body of work, you should have seen them last week at Red Rocks in Denver.  So much energy and seeming joy at playing another tour.  The place was rockin'!   They are so NOT done!

Unless you are implying they are being cooked, I believe what you mean is they are finished. Either way, I disagree.  
 
   
 
Tizmself wrote:
Hmmm. These guys are done. Time to play Disneyland or an Indian casino.
 


 MojoJojo wrote:
Finally got some decent speakers to go with the notebook 'puter while on the road.  This sounds soooo goot.  {#Whipit}
 
"Quite exciting, this computer magic!" ~Viv savage (from Spinal Tap)

The tune in the verses sounds just like "With or Without You", by U2. Anyone else hear that?
 Tizmself wrote:
Hmmm. These guys are done. Time to play Disneyland or an Indian casino.
 

You obviously missed their set at Lollapalooza this year; stunning.  They are a long, long way from done.
 Tizmself wrote:
Hmmm. These guys are done. Time to play Disneyland or an Indian casino.
 
seconded. I see that you're as grumpy today as I am most of the time regarding the same genre.

Hmmm. These guys are done. Time to play Disneyland or an Indian casino.
 snowcat wrote:
Great album.  Even better than Playing The Angel.  These guys have not lost it one bit after 28 years.
 
Confirmation; here's a concert review from Montreal:

https://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/Legendary+Depeche+Mode+hasn+lost+groove/1829821/story.html

like beetlebum by blur
I'm loving everything I've heard from the new album. This in particular is an instant 8, possible 9.
 tompoll wrote:
Big fan of their old stuff, but with this one I can't get past the growl at the front of EVERY SINGLE PHRASE in the whole song!!!
 
Hadn't noticed that until you mentioned it - quite annoying now that I'm aware of it!

 rcwsound wrote:
Nice.. The Mode is Back...
 

Yeah, its their best in a while, IMHO.
Oh nice steal from "Lucky Star" in the beginning there. Blegh.
mmm.. fat bass.

9

Finally got some decent speakers to go with the notebook 'puter while on the road.  This sounds soooo goot.  {#Whipit}
really like this!
 PeorgieTirebiter wrote:
Oh dear. The phrase "at least to some degree" should never appear in song lyrics. Weak.
 
Oh dear. Let's see your lyrical samples! {#Think}
Nice.. The Mode is Back...
 PeorgieTirebiter wrote:
Oh dear. The phrase "at least to some degree" should never appear in song lyrics. Weak.
 

That's a rather odd criticism. . . 


Oh dear. The phrase "at least to some degree" should never appear in song lyrics. Weak.
Solid entry into a monster library.
Kinda sounded like The Killers at first there.  Really threw me.
Big fan of their old stuff, but with this one I can't get past the growl at the front of EVERY SINGLE PHRASE in the whole song!!!
 ptooey wrote:
Picked this album up as a $3 download from Amazon.com.  It's pretty good!
 
Me too. If only my tickets to go see them later this year were to be had at that price.
This is one of the better tracks from a good album - it takes some time to warm to. 
"Wrong" (track 3) is excellent.

Woo, was wondering when RP was going to pick up the latest Depeche! {#Dancingbanana_2}
 teliko wrote:
I really really don't like this band.
 

I agree, but what i have heard from the new disk has been tolerable.
I really really don't like this band.
Whoa, new DM album!  Sounds good so far...

I was a bit disenchanted with Playing The Angel... how does it compare?

 snowcat wrote:
Great album.  Even better than Playing The Angel.  These guys have not lost it one bit after 28 years.
 
Good to know...because I was wondering. {#Smile}
Great album.  Even better than Playing The Angel.  These guys have not lost it one bit after 28 years.
For a long time fan of Depeche Mode this isn't half bad. In fact it's pretty good—a 7-8 or so..{#Whipit}
Picked this album up as a $3 download from Amazon.com.  It's pretty good!