Angels & Ghosts

Angels & Ghosts

by Dave Gahan & the SoulsaversDave Gahan & the Soulsavers

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Overview

Three years after their first collaboration, Dave Gahan & Soulsavers are back together on Angels & Ghosts. Much like their last collection (2012's The Light the Dead See), they craft a comforting set of blues- and gospel-tinged slow-burners for wandering dusty roads and lonely deserts at dusk. Unlike their debut, which was released solely under the Soulsavers name, Angels & Ghosts splits the credit with Dave Gahan, whose name tops the billing. The connection of the Soulsavers' downtempo soundscapes and the kick of Gahan's magnetic charm produce beautiful results. Whereas The Light the Dead See was a simple addition of Gahan's lyrics to the Soulsavers' music, this is a fully cohesive collaboration, with both artists sharing songwriting credits on all songs. For Depeche Mode fans, this album fits nicely alongside Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion, creating that same cowboy throwback vibe without the clutter of industrial beats and synths (likewise, one could imagine the gloom and ache of Ultra without Martin Gore's atmospherics). Side by side with their first attempt at teamwork, this sophomore effort is more fully realized and actually sounds like a singular vision rather than a cut-and-paste collaboration. On opener "Shine," Gahan stakes his position as charismatic minister of the church of reformed sinners. Backed by a gospel choir, the uplifting track stomps and soars. The Soulsavers production is warm and hazy throughout, but especially on the woozy "Tempted" and lead single "All of This and Nothing." Album highlight "The Last Time" comes toward the end, a cinematic sweep of gorgeous strings and choir. Elsewhere on the album, Gahan's command as one of the best frontmen in rock creeps into play: on the sweaty swagger of "You Owe Me," the bayou rocking "Don't Cry," and spaghetti Western closer "My Sun." For fans patiently waiting for the follow-up to 2013's Delta Machine, Angels & Ghosts should satisfy their desire. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2015
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888751365520
catalogNumber: 513655

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Gahan & the Soulsavers   Primary Artist
Janet Ramus   Background Vocals
Sean Read   Organ,Piano,Harmonium
Martyn Lenoble   Bass Guitar
Tony Foster   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Wendi Rose   Background Vocals
James Walbourne   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kevin Bales   Drums
Anton Riehl   Piano
T Jae Cole   Background Vocals
Richard Warren   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Vincent Jones   Engineer
Sean Read   Engineer
Tony Foster   Engineer
Kurt Uenala   Engineer
Soulsavers   Producer
Anton Riehl   Programming,Engineer
Daniele Luppi   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Morgan Stratton   Engineer
Pete Sené   Engineer
Vira Byramji   Engineer
Dave Bett   Layout
Dave Gahan & the Soulsavers   Composer
Stella Rose Gahan   Cover Photo

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