Fragile Tension

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Fragile Tension
Song Fragile Tension
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Produced by Ben Hillier
Recorded at Sound Design (Santa Barbara)
Chung King (New York)
Length (mm:ss) 4:09 (album version)
3:36 (radio mix)
Tempo 130 BPM
Time signature 4
Key A♭ Minor
Programmed by Luke Smith
Engineered by Ferg Peterkin
Engineering assistance Josh Garcia
Jesse Gladstone
Anthony Palazzole
Pre-production assistance Sie Medway-Smith
Mastered by Stephen Marcussen
Drums Christian Eigner
Art direction Anton Corbijn
Design ShaughnessyWorks
Tea Design
Recorded May - December, 2008
Originally released 7 December 2009
Live performances as Depeche Mode 1 times *
Total live performances 1 times *

"Fragile Tension" is a song written by Martin L. Gore for the 2009 album Sounds Of The Universe by Depeche Mode. It was released as a double A-side single alongside "Hole To Feed" on 7 December 2009.


Fragile Tension

There's a fragile tension

That's keeping us going

It may not last forever

But oh when it's flowing

There's something magical in the air

Something so tragic we have to care

There's a strange obsession

That's drawing us nearer

We don't understand it

It never gets clearer

There's something mystical in our genes

So simplistic it kicks and screams

Oh when we're teetering

On the edge of collapse

Nothing can keep us down

There's a dizzying feeling

That's keeping us flying

Through glittering galas

Without even trying

There's something radical in our hands

Nothing logical to our plans

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©2009 EMI Music Publishing Ltd licensed by Grabbing Hands Music Ltd All rights reserved.

Music video

The music video for "Mandrill" was uploaded to YouTube by Mute Records on 17 November 2020.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "Fragile Tension"
Main article: List of dates where "Fragile Tension" was played

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