Depeche Mode are an English electronic band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group’s original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan (lead vocals, occasional songwriter since 2005), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, vocals, chief songwriter after 1981), Andy Fletcher (keyboards), and Vince Clarke (keyboards, chief songwriter from 1980 until 1981).
«Playing the Angel» is Depeche Mode’s first album to feature Dave Gahan as co-writer.
The title Playing the Angel is taken from a lyric in the closing song «The Darkest Star». It is the fourth Depeche Mode album to get its name from a lyric in one of its songs, the other three being Construction Time Again, Some Great Reward and Black Celebration.
The album has been called a more organic record for using more analogue synths than digital ones. In addition, most of the soundscapes presented are harsher and groovier than the more mellow Exciter.
In mid-July 2005, the unfinished video for «Precious» was leaked online. It is believed to have been leaked through the website of the production team that helped make the video.
The character on the album cover is a little creature called «Tubby Goth» (by the band) and «Mister Feathers» (by the label, the webmaster and the fans). The cover design by Anton Corbijn is believed to be a tip of the hat to a famous still photograph of The Cure’s Robert Smith circa «Boys Don’t Cry».
«Precious» is Depeche Mode’s forty-first single, and the first single from the album «Playing the Angel». It was released on 3 October 2005 in the UK by Mute Records and 11 October 2005 in the US by Sire/Reprise. The single reached No. 4 in the UK, No. 71 on the Hot 100, and No. 23 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.
It was the band’s first single of original music in more than three years. «Precious» was released to international radio stations and as a digital download on 22 August 2005. Since its live debut, «Precious» has been played at every Depeche Mode concert between 2005 and 2014.

Lyrics
Precious and fragile things
Need special handling
My God what have we done to you?

We always try to share
The tenderest of care
Now look what we have put you through

Things get damaged
Things get broken
I thought we’d manage, but words left unspoken
Left us so brittle
There was so little left to give

Angels with silver wings
Shouldn’t know suffering
I wish I could take the pain for you

If God has a master plan
That only He understands
I hope it’s your eyes He’s seeing through

Things get damaged, things get broken
I thought we’d manage, but words left unspoken
Left us so brittle
There was so little left to give

I pray you learn to trust
Have faith in both of us
And keep room in your hearts for two
Things get damaged, things get broken
I thought we’d manage, but words left unspoken
Left us so brittle
There was so little left to give..

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