Veteran synth pop act Depeche Mode will release its first album in four years. The group plans to have "Exciter," produced by Mark Bell, in stores in late May via Reprise. The first album since 1997's

Veteran synth pop act Depeche Mode will release its first album in four years. The group plans to have "Exciter," produced by Mark Bell, in stores in late May via Reprise. The first album since 1997's ''Ultra,'' it's described in today's USA Today as ''a sonic cousin to 1986's diverse 'Black Celebration.''' The set's first single, the acoustic-guitar tinged "Dream On," is due to hit radio in April.



''I'm a lot more confident vocally. When you're singing a song, it's like you can just disappear into it," singer Dave Gahan told the newspaper. "On 'Ultra' I was not able to do that because I wasn't physically able to bring all of myself to it. Now I feel like I'm firing on all cylinders.''



After pumping out 14 albums in the 1980s and early '90s, Depeche Mode slowed down in 1995 when Gahan was hospitalized for an apparent suicide attempt. In 1996, he was arrested on drug charges after being found unconscious in a Los Angeles hotel room.



Despite all this, "Ultra" performed reasonably well on the charts, debuting at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and selling more than 560,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The single "It's No Good" made it to No. 4 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, followed by "Barrel Of A Gun," which reached No. 11.



The group is expected to embark on a world tour later this year in support of "Exciter."



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