Album: Delta Machine (2013)
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  • This song finds Dave Gahan crooning: "The angel of love is upon me. Lord, I feel so small, so weak," suggesting a conflicted soul. Guitarist/keyboardist Martin Gore told Q magazine with a laugh: "It's got a head-banging quality, which is different for us, but it's still our usual kind of love song with a bit of religion thrown in."
  • The teenage Martin Gore went along to St Paul's Methodist church in Basildon as an observer with the more devout (ex Depeche Mode member) Vince Clarke and (current keyboardist) Andrew Fletcher. There are "souls" all over Delta Machine's lyrics and this song reflects Gore's memory of church-goers, speaking in tongues. He told Q magazine: "To this day I wish that I could follow some kind of religion, but I find it impossible."


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