Soulsavers SoulsaversThe Light The Dead See
It was always going to be hard to replace Mark Lanegan after that glorious “Broken ” (V2, 2009). Nevertheless, Rich Machin and Ian Glover, the brains behind Soulsavers, did a good job of it, recruiting none other than Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode. The process began in deep secrecy in 2009, the year Soulsavers opened for DM during the European leg of their successful “Tour Of The Universe”. Without a contract, the production duo made a deal with Gahan to work together some day. But what we didn’t expect was that instead of turning into a typical song featuring him, this “working together one day” would end up turning into a full-fledged album that would give Gahan another opportunity to show that he has one of the most theatrical, bawling voices that are still active on the scene.
On these songs, Gahan exploits his personal tics more than ever, which is pure honey for Depeche Mode fans. But the shadow of Lanegan, who could freeze the blood in your veins with that piece of grief made art that is “You Will Miss Me When I Burn” (originally by Palace Brothers), turns out to be huge when you listen to this “The Light The Dead See”, on which Machin and Glover, instrumentally, have taken zero risks. The record, on which the dark rock numbers are limited to a minimum (little more than the final minutes of “Gone Too Far”), is full of mid-tempo epic songs shot through with black choruses ( “Longest Day”, and the marvellous “Just Try”) and tear-jerking string arrangements (the end of “Tonight”). However, even though it gets slightly repetitive, the album stands it ground, thanks to Gahan’s exquisite vocals. Yours truly hadn't heard him sound this good since the days of “Songs Of Faith And Devotion”.