On October 17, 2005.


On October 17, 2005, “Mute” label released “Playing the Angel”, the eleventh Depeche Mode studio album. It was recorded January – July 2005, at “Sound Design” in  Santa Barbara, California;  “Stratosphere Sound” in New York City, and “Whitfield Studios” in London, and was produced by Ben Hillier.  The album was certified Platinum in France by “SNEP; 2 x Platinum in Germany by “BVMI”; Platinum in Hungary by “MAHASZ”; Platinum in Poland by “ZPAV”; 3 x Platinum in Russia by “NFPF”, and Platinum in Spain by “PROMUSICAE”.


  • Dave Gahan – lead vocals
  • Martin Gore – vocals, keyboards, guitar
  • Andy Fletcher – keyboards
  • Dave McCracken – piano, programming
  • Andrew Phillpott – programming
  • Christian Eigner– programming
  • Ben Hillier– engineering, mixing
  • Ki Rangnick – engineering, assistant mixing
  • Devin Workman – engineering, assistant mixing
  • Richard Morris – engineering, programming
  • Arjun Agerwala – assistant engineering
  • Nick Sevilla – assistant engineering
  • Rudyard Lee Cullers – assistant engineering
  • Steve Fitzmaurice– mixing
  • Emily Lazar– mastering
  • Sarah Register – assistant mastering
  • Anton Corbijn– art direction, cover design, photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Martin Gore, except where noted.

  1. A Pain That I’m Used To
  2. John the Revelator
  3. Suffer Well – Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott
  4. The Sinner in Me
  5. Precious
  6. Macro
  7. I Want It All – Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott
  8. Nothing’s Impossible – Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott
  9. Introspectre
  10. Damaged People
  11. Lilian

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