On this day in history (October 17, 2005), Depeche Mode released their 11th studio album Playing The Angel in the UK. The following day, it was released in North America. This was the first album by the band in which Dave Gahan was a co-writer, credited as such for Suffer Well, I Want It All and Nothing’s Impossible. The title Playing The Angel was taken from lyric to the song The Darkest Star, a pattern that Depeche Mode had followed for 3 other albums. (side note of useless trivia: That is always the pattern that I used for making mix tapes…naming them after lyrics to one of the songs on them).
Playing The Angel included the singles Precious, A Pain That I’m Used To, Suffer Well and my favorite John The Revelator.
- Peaked at #6 on the UK albums chart
- Peaked at #7 on the US Billboard 200 chart
- Peaked at #1 on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart
- Ranked #20 on E! Online’s Top 20 Albums of 2005
- A Pain That I’m Used To
- John The Revelator
- Suffer Well
- The Sinner In Me
- I Want It All
- Nothing’s Impossible
- Damaged People
- The Darkest Star