Review – Speak & Spell US

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-6-45-54-pmBy Divine Right

Speak & Spell US

(Headless Owl)

B+

 

Nicholas Friesen @Nicholastronaut November 4, 2016

Recorded in just one weekend, this might be the most fun recording I’ve heard from longtime Toronto rockers By Divine Right. A track for track cover of Depeche Mode’s 1981 debut, the disc could have failed or been an exercise in experimentation – instead, it’s a joyous affair. The Jose Contreras-led outfit keeps its line up of Alysha Haugen and Geordie Dynes from 2013’s Organized Accidents, and it’s great to hear how much fun the trio has turning “Puppets” into a fuzzy pop rocker and the anthemic “Just Can’t Get Enough” into a backyard singalong for the indie kids. “Nodisco!” has that ‘80s vibe but is still miles from the source material, and opener “New Life” is a kick in the teeth after a night of rock club hopping. Released only months after its own tribute album (I Want Light), this new By Divine Right LP is a gift.