Album Review: Imposter by Dave Gahan & the Soulsavers
Very Good, Based on 3 Critics
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Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode frontman for the last 40 years, considers himself an imposter. It is a frank and surprising admission, but makes sense when qualified with the observation that much of his time as a singer has been spent interpreting other people's pop songs. For this, his third album with Soulsavers‘ Rich Machin and Ian Glover, covering other people’s songs is the explicit aim - but the freedom it gives Gahan is immediately apparent.
'Imposter' finds Rich Machin's ever-adaptable Soulsavers and Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan continuing the fruitful collaboration that has already yielded two acclaimed albums together - 'The Light The Dead See' in 2012 and 'Angels & Ghosts' in 2015. For their third album together, the focus is placed squarely on the songs and artists that have influenced Gahan and Machin instead of original material. In our interview with Gahan, Gahan opened up about the imposter syndrome that has plagued him for years - either in Depeche Mode singing Martin Gore's songs, or in comparing himself with other singers in the world of rock music that he has seemingly happily inhabited for the past forty years.
Dave Gahan knows all about playing up to a role. After decades of interpreting Martin Gore's bedside stories as Depeche Mode's maximum-performance figurehead, the irrepressible singer's ability to embody a song holds out all the way to the back of stadiums: whether the songs are "about" him or not, Gahan knows how to inflate them in his own image.
Recorded in Malibu with a smouldering rock-soul 10-piece, Gahan's third album with Soulsavers' Rich Machin takes this performative prowess to a logical extreme.