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Playing The Angel

  1. A Pain That I'm Used To 4.11
  2. I'm not sure
    What I'm looking for anymore
    I just know
    That I'm harder to console
    I don't see who I'm trying to be
    Instead of me
    But the key
    Is a question of control

    Can you say
    What you're trying to play anyway
    I just pay
    While you're breaking all the rules
    All the signs that I find
    Have been underlined
    Devils thrive on the drive
    That is fuelled

    All this running around
    Well it's getting me down
    Just give me a pain that I'm used to
    I don't need to believe
    All the dreams you conceive
    You just need to achieve
    Something that rings true

    There's a hole in your soul
    Like an animal
    With no conscience
    Repentance unknown
    Close your eyes
    Pay the price for your paradise
    Devils feed on the seeds
    That are sown

    Can't conceal what I feel
    What I know is real
    No mistaking the faking
    I care
    With a prayer in the air
    I will leave it there
    On a note full of hope
    Not despair

    All this running around
    Well it's getting me down
    Just give me a pain that I'm used to
    I don't need to believe
    All the dreams you conceive
    You just need to achieve
    Something that rings true
  3. John The Revelator 3.42
  4. John the Revelator
    Put him in an elevator
    Take him up to the highest high
    Take him up to the top
    Where the mountains stop
    Let him tell his book of lies

    John the Revelator
    He's a smooth operator
    It's time we cut him down to size
    Take him by the hand
    And put him on the stand
    Let us hear his alibis

    By claiming God
    As his holy right
    He's stealing a God
    From the Israelites
    Stealing a God
    From the Muslim too
    There is only one God
    Through and through

    Seven lies multiplied by seven
    Multiplied by seven again
    Seven angels with seven trumpets
    Send them home on the morning train

    Well who's that shouting
    John the Revelator
    All he ever gives us is pain
    Well who's that shouting
    John the Revelator
    He should bow his head in shame

    By and By
    By and By
    By and By
    By and By
  5. Suffer Well 3.50
  6. Where were you when I fell from grace
    Frozen heart, an empty space
    Something's changing, it's in your eyes
    Please don't speak, you'll only lie
    I found treasure not where I thought
    Peace of mind can't be bought
    Still I believe

    I just hang on
    Suffer well
    Sometimes it's hard
    It's hard to tell

    An angel led me when I was blind
    I said take me back, I've changed my mind
    Now I believe
    From the blackest room, I was torn
    You called my name, our love was born
    So I believe

    I just hang on
    Suffer well
    Sometimes it's hard
    It's hard to tell

    I just hang on
    Suffer well
    Sometimes it's hard
    So hard to tell
  7. The Sinner In Me 4.55
  8. If I could just hide
    The sinner inside
    And keep him denied
    How sweet life would be
    If I could be free
    From the sinner in me

    I'll never be a saint
    That's not a picture that your memory paints
    Not renowned for my patience
    I'm not renowned for my restraint
    But you're always around
    You can always be found
    To pick me up when I'm on the ground

    If I could just hide
    The sinner inside
    And keep him denied
    How sweet life would be
    If I could be free
    From the sinner in me

    I'm still recovering
    Still getting over all the suffering
    More known for my anger
    Than for any other thing
    But you've always tried
    To be by my side
    And catch my fall when I start to slide

    If I could just hide
    The sinner inside
    And keep him denied
    How sweet life would be
    If I could be free
    From the sinner in me
  9. Precious 4.10
  10. Precious and fragile things
    Need special handling
    My God what have we done to You?

    We always try to share
    The tenderest of care
    Now look what we have put You through...

    Things get damaged
    Things get broken
    I thought we'd manage
    But words left unspoken
    Left us so brittle
    There was so little left to give

    Angels with silver wings
    Shouldn't know suffering
    I wish I could take the pain for You

    If God has a master plan
    That only He understands
    I hope it's Your eyes He's seeing through

    Things get damaged
    Things get broken
    I thought we'd manage
    But words left unspoken
    Left us so brittle
    There was so little left to give

    I pray You learn to trust
    Have faith in both of us
    And keep room in Your heart for two

    Things get damaged
    Things get broken
    I thought we'd manage
    But words left unspoken
    Left us so brittle
    There was so little left to give
  11. Macro 4.02
  12. Overflowing senses
    Heightened awareness
    I hear my blood flow
    I feel its caress
    Whispering cosmos
    Talking right to me
    Unlimited, endless
    God breathing through me

    See the microcosm
    In macrovision
    Our bodies moving
    With pure precision
    One universal
    Celebration
    One evolution
    One creation

    Thundering rhythm
    Pounding within me
    Driving me onwards
    Forcing me to see
    Clear and enlightening
    Right there before me
    Brilliantly shining
    Intricate beauty

    See the microcosm
    In macrovision
    Our bodies moving
    With pure precision
    One universal
    Celebration
    One evolution
    One creation
  13. I Want It All 6.10
  14. I see a river
    It's oceans that I want
    You have to give me everything
    Everything's not enough

    It's my desire
    To give myself to you
    Sometimes

    Sometimes I try
    Sometimes I lie, with you
    Sometimes I cry
    Sometimes I die, it's true
    Somewhere I find
    Something that's kind

    And I've crossed the line again
    A line I drew in sand
    Still you give me everything
    And everything's not enough

    I'm ready but not willing
    To give myself to you
    Sometimes

    Sometimes I try
    Sometimes I lie, with you
    Sometimes I cry
    Sometimes I die, it's true
    Somewhere I find
    Something that's kind

    Come on over
    Lay down beside me
    And I'll try
    Come on over
    Lay down beside me
    And I'll try
    And I'll try

    I want it all
  15. Nothing's Impossible 4.21
  16. Just give me a reason, some kind of sign
    I'll need a miracle to help me this time
    I heard what you said, and I feel the same
    I know in my heart that I'll have to change

    Even the stars look brighter tonight
    Nothing's impossible
    I still believe in love at first sight
    Nothing's impossible

    How did we get to be this far apart?
    Lets take a chance, go back to the start
    I want to be with you, have something to share
    I want to be here, I am not there

    Even the stars look brighter tonight
    Nothing's impossible
    I still believe in love at first sight
    Nothing's impossible
    Even the stars look brighter tonight
    Nothing's impossible
    If you believe in love at first sight
    Nothing's impossible

    I still believe in love at first sight
    Nothing's impossible
  17. Introspectre 1.42
  18. Instrumental - no lyrics
  19. Damaged People 3.28
  20. We're damaged people
    Drawn together
    By subtleties that we are not awareof
    Disturbed souls
    Playing out forever
    These games that we once thoughtwe would be scared of

    When you're in my arms
    The world makessense
    There is no pretence
    And you're crying
    When you're by myside
    There is no defence
    I forget to sense I'm dying

    We're damagedpeople
    Praying for something
    That doesn't come from somewhere deep insideus
    Depraved souls
    Trusting in the one thing
    The one thing that thislife has not denied us

    When I feel the warmth of your very soul
    Iforget I'm cold
    And crying
    When your lips touch mine
    And I losecontrol
    I forget I'm old
    And dying
  21. Lilian 4.46
  22. Oh, Lilian
    Look what you've done
    You've stripped my heart
    Ripped it apart
    In the name of fun

    Oh, Lilian
    I'm a poor man's son
    And precious jewels
    Weren't found in schools
    Where I came from

    Pain and misery always hit the spot
    Knowing you can't lose what you haven't got

    Oh, Lilian
    I should have run
    I should have known
    Each dress you own
    Is a loaded gun

    Oh, Lilian

    Oh, Lilian
    I need protection
    I hear your voice
    And any choice I had is gone

    Oh, Lilian
    Once I begun
    I couldn't stop
    'til every drop of blood was sung

    Pain and misery always hit the spot
    Knowing you can't lose what you haven't got

    Oh, Lilian
    Look what you've done
    You stripped my heart
    Ripped it apart
    In the name of fun

    Oh, Lilian
    Oh, Lilian
    Oh, Lilian
    Oh, Lilian
  23. The Darkest Star 6.55
  24. Oh you sad one
    Playing the Angel
    Isn't so easy where you're from

    Oh you wild one
    Devil's companion
    You won't stay satisfied for long

    I don't want you to change
    Anything you do

    I don't want you to be
    Someone else for me

    Oh you dark one
    Eternal outsider
    Caught in the spider's web you've spun

    Oh you blind one
    Gentle and kind one
    Seeing the world as a loaded gun

    I don't want you to change
    Anything you do

    I don't want you to be
    Someone else for me

    Stay as you are
    The Darkest Star

    Shining for me
    Majestically

あれはだれだ・・・預言者ヨハネさ

冒頭の2曲にノックアウトされた。「ア・ペイン・ザット・アイム・ユースト・トゥー」「ジョン・ザ・レヴェレーター」・・・映像作品「ツアーリング・ジ・エンジェル」のライヴでも、ご丁寧にこの2曲が冒頭で演奏されていた。
もちろん、このアルバムはその2曲だけのアルバムじゃない。デイヴ・ガーンが3曲も書いている。そのどれもが優れているから驚きだ。
マーティン・ゴアが歌う「ダメージド・ピープル」は切ないバラードだ。「ブラック・セレブレーション」の「ア・クエスチョン・オブ・ラスト」よりもずっと重たいバラードだ。
デイヴが書いた曲で最も優れているのは「サファー・ウェール」であろう。私事だが、「〜ウェール」のリミックス12インチは家に2枚ある。それほど好きな曲だ。私に限って言えば「プレシャス」よりも好きな曲だ。
アルバム・トータルで完成度は「ミュージック・フォー・ザ・マスィズ」級であろう。このヴァージョンにはボーナス・トラックはないが、それでも聴いてみるといいですよ。

やや単調か・・・・

前作エキサイターと比較すると、攻撃的なサウンドが目立ち、アグレッシブな印象を与える作品だが、やや楽曲のアレンジに幅がなく、全体としては単調な感じが・・・・。ゴアのメロディも80年代、90年代前半と比べると精彩がなくなってきたように感じる。こう感じるのは、あくまで全盛期と比較するゆえの評価であり、アルバム単体としては力作と言えるだろう。本作からボーカルのデイブガーンによる曲が入っており、今後、ゴア・ガーン体制のソングライティングとなり新機軸となるのか気になるところだ。

仕様注意

これはEUプリントのハイブリッドSACDでした。
ハイブリッドなのでふつうのCDプレーヤーで再生できますが、
DVDのほうは、PAL方式なので再生不可能です。
ご注意を。

最高の楽曲とパフォーマンス

~5.1システムとその為のだけの空間をこのアルバムの為だけに得るべきだと心底思った。
そのシステムを通さなくとも、3次元空間を創成している。彼らの曲はオーケストレーションが完璧な楽曲ながら、このアルバムはそれが更に進化。Martin L. GoreはJohn Cageよりも、Shoenbergに近いかもしれない。声の入れ方(歌い方)も楽器のようにコントロールされながら(Damaed~~ peopleの揺らぎのコーラスと半音進行の危ういバランスの完璧さ)、それにもかかわらずメロディアスで、エモーショナル。本来の彼らの魅力であるメロディとポップさとそのリズムは決して失ってない。詩も完璧だ。
彼らが色々と着手し、その大成として”到達した”と表現しても良い、素晴らしいアルバム。

ジャケットは赤い羽の方のDVDが付いたDELUXE~~ EDITIONを特にお薦めします。~

日本来ないですかね~

まず触れておかなければいけないのは、「これはiTunesでインポート
できました」ってことじゃないでしょうか。

SACDですが、ふつうのCDともコンパチなので、普通にプレイできると
思います。
F&*K CCCDと言いたいですね。

DVDについては、英語字幕が選べますんで、それを見てれば大意は
分かるのではないかと思います。

プロデューサーいわく、「生っぽく、クランチーな音にしようとした」

マーティンいわく、「前二作よりテンポが速くなってるね。最近DJしてる
ことからの無意識の影響かな」などなど。

スタジオ風景からは、AKAIのMPC2000を使ってることが分かったり、
プロデューサーがいかにDMのコラボレーションをスムースにしてるかが
分かったりします。

Daveのヴォーカルトレーニング風景など、かなり興味深いです。
「彼は本当にハードにヴォイトレをするんだよ」なんてコメントを
プロデューサーが残してます。

Preciousのヴィデオも入ってますが、昔のゴスっぽさ/退廃感は薄れて
きてるのかな~という印象ですね。

ヘヴィでダーク、適度なポップの匙加減、遂に帰還

前作『Exciter』におけるマーク・ベルのソリッドなサウンド処理は
先鋭的ではあるが良くも悪くも90年代的でした。

今回はデイヴもコンポーズに参加しているようですが、このところ
いまひとつ調子の出なかったマーティンの描き出す叙情的なメロディ
の完全復活が嬉しいところ。

誰もが傑作と見做す『Violator』,『Songs Of Faith And Devotion 』
をついつい引き合いに出しがちですが寧ろ『Black Celebration 』の
現代版とも言える様式美溢れるゴシック(この辺は’80リバイバルに
上手く便乗か・笑)テイストとDEPECHE流のキャッチーさが復活。

俗っぽいメロとインダストリアルを排除して、90年代に養ったブルー
ジィなギターサウンドとしなやかなグルーヴ感を纏った'00年代に
相応しい傑作を創り上げてくれました。

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