Review: Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth (Rock)

This review covers the alternative rock track Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth.

This track was released in 1990 on the album Violator.

The track starts off with some guitars layered with synth. An additional synth comes in along with a more pronounced drum kit. The vocals come in shortly after.

From there, the track slides into a main chorus. After this, there is a synth section without vocals. After that, the track goes into the next verse. The verse pulls back some of the synths. This, of course, is replaced by some guitar work. From there, the track goes into the main chorus.

In the next verse, there is an additional synth. The vocals gradually fade out. At that point, the track backs off a fair bit and is left with a simple drum kit sound and some droning synths. The vocals then rejoin the track in another verse. From there, the track goes into the main chorus. This is followed by a non-lyrical section filled with various synths and electric guitars.

The vocals make a return in the next main chorus. The track then breaks down as various elements fade out. Lyrics do repeat as the breakdown happens. After that, the track ends with a guitar note.

One thing that make the track decidedly distinct are the vocals. Not only are they somewhat distinct, but they are also layered nicely.

Another interesting aspect is some of the synths. The more droning synths really give this track a nice edge to it. Some of the effects, however, are so-so. They aren’t great, but they do add a small amount of interesting sound to the track as well.

Personally, this track doesn’t strike me as anything that is particularly amazing. It holds its own and ticks a lot of boxes that make for a decent track. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much after it gets off the starting block. While there are interesting elements in this track, I don’t find myself getting particularly excited for this track.

Overall, this is an alright track, but nothing amazing. It has some fairly distinct vocals and some interesting synths. While it is by no means a terrible track, it is also not the most amazing thing I’ve heard before. An OK track, but also pretty average.


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