Depeche Mode’s Producer Reveals The Album That Felt Like Marriage Counseling

James Ford, the producer of Depeche Mode, has recently revealed the album he found the hardest to work on. He said:

“The hardest was probably the [2017] Depeche Mode album ‘Spirit’ because everyone was in a horrible place, the mood was strange, people weren’t getting on, and a lot of it felt like marriage guidance counselling to stop the whole thing falling off the rails and the band splitting up.”

The frontman Dave Gahan, too, thinks that it was the hardest album. According to NME, in 2020 Gahan stated feeling ‘so drained from the Depeche Mode tour for ‘Spirit’ that he might never make music again.’ He also added:

“For me, that was one of the toughest albums we ever made. I didn’t really want to do that again. I remember thinking, ‘I have to find why I’m somehow the antagonist’. I was the person messing things up, and that was never my intention. It was f*cking too much like hard work, and I didn’t join a band to do hard work!”

Since 2017, the producer didn’t work with Depeche Mode again right until this year. The band’s most recent album, ‘Memento Mori‘, is also a production of Ford.

With Andy Fletcher‘s passing away, Ford hesitated to carry on with the album but Martin Gore and Dave Gahan thought it was ‘the best thing to do.’ The album was released this March, and the title was not intended to memorialize Fletcher, since he took part in the creation of the album.

You can listen to ‘Spirit’ down below.