Depeche Mode

I Feel You

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Depeche Mode settle into a storming, squalid rock swagger to open Songs of Faith and Devotion. "I Feel You" feels quite a bit like a sequel, at least musically and in tone, to Violator's "Personal Jesus." The fuzzy, extreme guitar twang might bring memories of that earlier song, but the vibe is more confessional and spiritual, at least on the surface. David Gahan almost screams Martin Gore's lyrics, venting as emotionally as if he's confessing his love to God in a church. Gahan's punchy inflection sits perfectly against the thunderous, fuzzy buzz of electronics and guitar samples. The driving, throbbing beat invokes imagery of repetitive industrial manual labor, perhaps of workers pounding away in the blistering sun to build a railroad. If one was to take the album's title literally, "I Feel You" would be a song of devotion, but it's delivered as if it's a song of faith. When he sings, "This is the morning of our love, it's just the dawning of our love," it's quite easy to mishear the vocals as "this is the morning of Allah, it's just the dawning of Allah." Depeche Mode always tie love and lust together with other feelings, whether religion, violence, or sorrow. That "I Feel You" feels simultaneously like a religious song and a dark love song is merely a testament to how powerful Gore is as a songwriter and how tight the band was musically at this point, even as it collapsed internally.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Songs of Faith and Devotion 1993 Sire / Reprise 4:35
Loaded [Import] 1993
Various Artists
No Image 1993 ADD Records 7:11
I Feel You 1993 Warner Bros. 7:53
Now That's What I Call Music! 24 [UK] 1993
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI
Radio City Hits, Vol. 5 1993
Various Artists
Polygram 4:34
Brit Awards 1994 1994
Various Artists
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Head On 1998
Original Soundtrack
The Singles 86>98 1998 Mute / Reprise
Videos 1986-1998 1998 Warner Bros.
Most Wanted 1993 1998
Various Artists
Ghe 4:32
This Is Chill Out, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Beechwood Music 7:28
The Singles 81>98 2001 EMI 4:36
This Is the Best of Chillout [Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Beechwood Music 7:28
Videos 86>98+ 2002 Mute
Best of Chillout 2003
Various Artists
Best Of Records 7:28
Singles Box, Vol. 5 2004 Reprise / Mute 8:35
Remixes 81>04 2004 Reprise 4:57
The Best Of, Vol. 1 2006 Reprise / Sire / Mute
No Image 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution