The production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover previously recorded with Mark Lanegan as primary vocalist (with cameos from the likes of Mike Patton and Gibby Haynes).
This time their collaboration is with one man: Dave Gahan, who developed an affinity with the duo when they supported Depeche Mode on tour. A barrel of laughs it ain't. Over sparse, semi-orchestral backing, Gahan tackles the big ones. Soulsearchers would be a more fitting name here.