PERFORMER: DEPECHE MODE
ALBUM: SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION
THE BOTTOM LINE: An alternative rock band looks heavenward for inspiration and nearly finds musical salvation.
AT A TIME WHEN NEW AGE SEEMS old, postmodern seems prehistoric and the anti- Establishment energy of grunge rock is being packaged and marketed like so many Cheez Doodles, Depeche Mode's musical vision of the future already seems a thing of the past: too-cool-to-care vocals, lyrics like something off an answering machine at a suicide hotline, industrial-strength dance grooves as unforgiving as capitalism itself. In retrospect, many of the band's angst- laden hits --...