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  • Violator Violator Quick View

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    Violator

    In a word, stunning. Perhaps an odd word to use given that Violator continued in the general vein of the previous two studio efforts by Depeche Mode: Martin Gore's upfront lyrical emotional extremism and knack for a catchy hook filtered through Alan Wilder's ear for perfect arrangements, ably assisted by top English producer Flood. Yet the idea that this record would both dominate worldwide charts, while song for song being simply the best, most consistent effort yet from the band could only have been the wildest fantasy before its release. The opening two singles from the album, however, signaled something was up. First was Personal Jesus, at once perversely simplistic, with a stiff, arcane funk/hip-hop beat and basic blues guitar chords, and tremendous, thanks to sharp production touches and David Gahan's echoed, snaky vocals. Then Enjoy the Silence, a nothing-else-remains-but-us ballad pumped up into a huge, dramatic romance/dance number, commanding in its mock orchestral/choir scope. Follow-up single Policy of Truth did just fine as well, a low-key Motown funk number for the modern day with a sharp love/hate lyric to boot. To top it all off, the album itself scored on song after song, from the shuffling beat of Sweetest Perfection (well sung by Gore) and the ethereal Waiting for the Night to the guilt-ridden-and-loving-it Halo building into a string-swept pounder. Clean wraps up Violator on an eerie note, all ominous bass notes and odd atmospherics carrying the song. Goth without ever being stupidly hammy, synth without sounding like the clinical stereotype of synth music, rock without ever sounding like a rock band, Depeche here reach astounding heights indeed.


    - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)

    1. World In My Eyes

    2. Sweetest Perfection
    3. Personal Jesus

    4. Halo
    5. Waiting For The Night

    6. Enjoy The Silence

    7. Policy Of Truth
    8. Blue Dress

    9. Clean (Album Version)
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  • The Best Of (Volume 1) The Best Of (Volume 1) Quick View

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    The Best Of (Volume 1)

    The Best of Depeche Mode (Volume 1) is a greatest hits album by the English electronic band Depeche Mode, originally released in November 2006 by Mute Records. The album consists of select Depeche Mode singles from their then-25-year career.
    LP 1
    1. Personal Jesus
    2. Just Can't Get Enough
    3. Everything Counts
    4. Enjoy The Silence
    5. Shake The Disease
    6. See You


    LP 2
    1. It's No Good
    2. Strangelove
    3. Suffer Well
    4. Dream On
    5. People Are People
    6. Martyr


    LP 3
    1. Walking In My Shoes
    2. I Feel You
    3. Precious
    4. Master And Servant
    5. New Life
    6. Never Let Me Down Again

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    Cover Me (Remixes)

    Dave Gahan wrote the song together with Peter Gordeno and Christian Eigner. Depeche Mode have said in interviews (like during the 2016 press conference) that producer James Ford taught himself to play Martin's pedal steel guitar within one day while in the studio, and thus this guitar was used in some songs including 'Cover Me'.


    Dave talked about this song extensively to Phil Marriott:


    I wanted ['Cover Me'] to be very cinematic, and I had this sort of idea of us finally destroying this beautiful planet that we live on. Hence the northern lights: it's just one in many millions of beautiful things... the oceans, just things that we take for granted. And the Northern lights was just a metaphor that I wanted to use, because I did once experience actually being there while that was happening, way up north in Scandinavia. Yeah [it's quite an emotional experience], and it's also out of the world somehow, quite spiritual, and moving, moving to the point of tears, the beauty of something happening in our universe. And so I had this idea at that time, a little lyrical idea, not really a melody. But anyway, I came back to that, and that became that song. And I also saw the song in two halves, where the second half was where we are finally leaving or something. This person or whoever it is, who I live vicariously through, leaves the planet, only to find another planet that is exactly the same as ours, and he has this horrible feeling of like, Oh wow, it's not the planet, it's me, I am doing this. I'm destroying this beautiful world that I live in. And that can be just an emotional relationship that you have with another person, or trying to be having a relationship with another person that you can't quite get to because you just can't. And that, for me, is quite often where I find myself with music and songs: I am quite often this other person. Of course it's me, but I can live vicariously through this performer, this guy that I've created, which is me, but a character. And throughout songs and films and books and stuff like that, that's where I get lost. [...] With 'Cover Me', the song that was coming to mind a lot, the feeling of the song that I wanted to get on this, and it's a totally different kind of song, but the feeling that I wanted to get was like Bowie's song 'Life On Mars', where the second half of the song seems to go to another place, or 'Space Odyssey', that kind of feeling. It opens up for you, the listener, to just be able to go off in their own dreams and ideas.

    LP 1
    1. Cover Me (Ellen Allien Remix)
    2. Cover Me (I Hate Models Cold Lights Remix)
    3. Cover Me (Nicole Moudaber Remix)
    4. So Much Love (Kalli Remix)


    LP 2
    1. Cover Me (Erol Alkan V1.2)
    2. Cover Me (Texas Gentlemen Remix)
    3. Cover Me (Warpaint Steez Remix)
    4. Cover Me (Josh T. Pearson Choose Hellth Remix)

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  • Music For The Masses Music For The Masses Quick View

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    Music For The Masses

    Initially the title must have sounded like an incredibly pretentious boast, except that Depeche Mode then went on to do a monstrous world tour, score even more hits in America and elsewhere than ever before, and pick up a large number of name checks from emerging house and techno artists on top of all that. As for the music the masses got this time around, the opening cut, Never Let Me Down Again, started things off wonderfully: a compressed guitar riff suddenly slamming into a huge-sounding percussion/keyboard/piano combination, anchored to a constantly repeated melodic hook, ever-building synth/orchestral parts at the song's end, and one of David Gahan's best vocals (though admittedly singing one of Martin Gore's more pedestrian lyrics). It feels huge throughout, like they taped Depeche recording at the world's largest arena show instead of in a studio. Other key singles Strangelove and the (literally) driving Behind the Wheel maintained the same blend of power and song skill, while some of the quieter numbers such as The Things You Said and I Want You Now showed musical and lyrical intimacy could easily co-exist with the big chart-busters. Add to that other winners like To Have and to Hold, with its Russian radio broadcast start and dramatic, downward spiral of music accompanied by Gahan's subtly powerful take on a desperate Gore love lyric, and the weird, wonderful choral closer, Pimpf, and Depeche's massive success becomes perfectly clear.


    - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)

    1. Never Let Me Down Again
    2. The Things You Said
    3. Strangelove
    4. Sacred
    5. Little 15
    6. Behind The Wheel
    7. I Want You Now
    8. To Have And To Hold
    9. Nothing
    10. Pimpf
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  • Some Great Reward Some Great Reward Quick View

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    Some Great Reward

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    Things changed for Depeche Mode after the release of Some Great Reward (1984). They were noticing droves of fans turning up at shows over the Atlantic, and increasing sales of their singles.


    Some Great Reward yielded the massive single People Are People which propelled the band into the mainstream. The track hit high numbers on international Singles Charts. It even topped the West-German charts where it was used as the theme song for the TV coverage of the 1984 US summer Olympics. The track also became a LGBT anthem due to the open minded nature of its lyrics.


    Other great tracks on this classic are the B-side opener Somebody,Master And Servant and the album closer Blasphemous Rumours. This album is a timeless masterpiece.

    1. Something To Do
    2. Lie To Me
    3. People Are People
    4. It Doesn't Matter
    5. Stories Of Old
    6. Somebody
    7. Master And Servant
    8. If You Want
    9. Blasphemous Rumours
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    Ultra (Awaiting Repress)

    Ultra is the ninth studio album by English electronic group Depeche Mode, which was originally released by Mute Records on 14 April 1997


    Ultra both reprises an earlier Mode and entices with a taste of Modes to come. The band has wisely left behind the forced arena rock of their last album and evolved towards a more richly nuanced hybrid of conventional and electronic instrumentation. The resulting sound is both engaging in its diversity and surprising in its consistency. The aplomb with which Depeche Mode fuses electronic beats, cascading violins, and guitar hooks into a soulful and coherent whole puts the new techno-geek incarnation of U2 to shame. Where U2's Pop! crashes waves of sound upon the listener, Ultra achieves an equally rich sonic texture through delicacy and understatement.


    Lyrically and musically, Ultra depicts the band grappling with its recent scars, particularly Gahan's smack problem. From the self-loathing and acoustic turbulence of Barrel of a Gun, the first sequel, to the mechanical gurgling of the outro, Painkiller, the shadow of a syringe falls over the album. Gahan sings of a vicious appetite and pines for the spirit of love with an earnest intensity that usually overcomes Gore's occasionally banal lyrics. His high register and emotionally laden delivery on songs such as Love Thieves and Sister of Night (Little 15 redux) are reminiscent of the days of See You and Get the Balance Right, before Gahan settled into the deadpan baritone croon that carries most of the Mode's later hits.


    Perhaps due to the band's travails, Ultra is the most experimental Mode album since 1983's A Broken Frame, when these same three fellows lost their leading songwriter, Vince Clarke, to Yaz (and subsequently Erasure). As a result, with the exception of It's No Good, a catchy and confident tune that's A-1 formula Mode, there's no hit single potential on Ultra. There are, however, a good number of interesting songs that gradually seep into your system. The Bottom Line finds Gore at his most emotive, once again singing the bittersweet woes of infatuation over an aural fabric that alternates between jazz trio cool, electropop bounce, and country twang. With arpeggiating violins and arena-rock-style guitar bridges, Home is an intriguing Disneyesque ditty. And both Jazz Thieves and Uselink prove that the Mode haven't lost their knack for atmospheric instrumentals.


    - Kevin C. Murphy

    1. Barrel Of A Gun
    2. Love Thieves
    3. Home
    4. It's No Good
    5. Uselink
    6. Useless
    7. Sister Of Night
    8. Jazz Thieves
    9. Freestate
    10. Bottom Line
    11. Insight
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    Some Great Reward

    The peak of the band's industrial-gone-mainstream fusion, and still one of the best electronic music albums yet recorded, Some Great Reward still sounds great, with the band's ever-evolving musical and production skills matching even more ambitious songwriting from Martin Gore. People Are People appears here, but finds itself outclassed by some of Depeche Mode's undisputed classics, most especially the moody, beautiful Somebody, a Gore-sung piano ballad that mixes its wit and emotion skillfully; Master and Servant, an amped-up, slamming dance track that conflates sexual and economic politics to sharp effect; and the closing Blasphemous Rumors, a slow-building anthemic number supporting one of Gore's most cynical lyrics, addressing a suicidal teen who finds God only to die soon afterward. Even lesser-known tracks like the low-key pulse of Lie to Me and the weirdly dreamy It Doesn't Matter showcase an increasingly confident band. Alan Wilder's arrangements veer from the big to the stripped down, but always with just the right touch, such as the crowd samples bubbling beneath Somebody or the call/response a cappella start to Master and Servant. With Reward, David Gahan's singing style found the mÉtier it was going to stick with for the next ten years, and while it's never gone down well with some ears, it still has a compelling edge to it that suits the material well.


    - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)

    1. Something To Do
    2. Lie To Me
    3. People Are People
    4. It Doesn't Matter
    5. Stories Of Old
    6. Somebody
    7. Master And Servant
    8. If You Want

    9. Blasphemous Rumours
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    Songs of Faith and Devotion

    In between Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion, a lot happened: Nirvana rewrote the ideas of what alternative was supposed to be, while Nine Inch Nails hit the airwaves as the most clearly Depeche-influenced new hit band around. In the meantime, the band went through some high-profile arguing as David Gahan turned into a long-haired, leather-clad rocker and pushed for a more guitar-oriented sound. Yet the odd thing about Songs of Faith and Devotion is that it sounds pretty much like a Depeche Mode album, only with some new sonic tricks courtesy of Alan Wilder and co-producer Flood. Perhaps even odder is the fact that it works incredibly well all the same. I Feel You, opening with a screech of feedback, works its live drums well, but when the heavy synth bass kicks in with the wailing backing vocals, even most rockers might find it hard to compete. Martin Gore's lyrical bent, as per the title, ponders relationships through distinctly religious imagery; while the gambit is hardly new, on songs like the centerpiece In Your Room, the combination of personal and spiritual love blends perfectly. Outside musicians appear for the first time, including female backing singers on a couple of tracks, most notably the gospel-flavored Condemnation and the uilleann pipes on Judas, providing a lovely intro to the underrated song (later covered by Tricky). Rush is the biggest misstep, a too obvious sign that Nine Inch Nails was a recording-session favorite to unwind to. But with other numbers such as Walking in My Shoes and The Mercy in You to recommend it, Songs of Faith and Devotion continues the Depeche Mode winning streak.


    - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)

    1. I Feel You

    2. Walking In My Shoes
    3. Condemnation

    4. Mercy In You

    5. Judas

    6. In Your Room
    7. Get Right With Me

    8. Rush

    9. One Caress

    10. Higher Love
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  • Spirit Spirit Quick View

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    Spirit

    Spirit is the new album from Depeche Mode, and the band's 14th studio release. Spirit marks the band's first collaboration with producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foals, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys) and is the follow up to the band's blockbuster 2013 studio album Delta Machine which debuted at #1 in 12 countries.


    The vinyl version of Spirit will feature 12 tracks on two 180 gram LPs, featuring 3 sides of music and a 4th side with a special SPIRIT etching.

    1. Going Backwards
    2. Where's the Revolution
    3. The Worst Crime
    4. Scum
    5. You Move
    6. Cover Me
    7. Eternal
    8. Poison Heart
    9. So Much Love
    10. Poorman
    11. No More (This is the Last Time)
    12. Fail


    Disc 2, SIDE 4:SPIRIT ETCHING

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  • Speak & Spell Speak & Spell Quick View

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    Speak & Spell

    Import

    Depeche Mode's debut is at once both a conservative, functional Pop record and a groundbreaking release. Depeche Mode became the undisputed founder of straight- up Synth Pop with the album's 11 songs, light, hooky, and danceable numbers about love, life, and clubs. Credit for the album's success has to go to main songwriter Vince Clarke; the classic early singles "New Life," "Dreaming of Me," and "Just Can't Get Enough," along with "Pretty Boy" to "Photographic" keep everything moving throughout.

    1. New Life
    2. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
    3. Puppets
    4. Boys Say Go!
    5. Nodisco
    6. What's Your Name?
    7. Photographic
    8. Tora! Tora! Tora!
    9. Big Muff
    10. Any Second Now (Voices)
    11. Just Can't Get Enough
    12. Dreaming Of Me
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    Delta Machine

    Delta Machine was recorded over the last year in Santa Barbara, CA and New York City, produced by Ben Hillier and mixed by Flood. It marks Depeche Mode's first album since 2009's Sounds of the Universe, which debuted at the #1 chart spot in fourteen countries around the world. This double LP also comes with a download insert.
    1. Welcome To My World
    2. Angel
    3. Heaven
    4. Secret To The End
    5. My Little Universe
    6. Slow
    7. Broken
    8. The Child Inside
    9. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
    10. Should Be Higher
    11. Alone
    12. Soothe My Soul
    13. Goodbye
    14. Long Time Lie
    15. Happens All The Time
    16. Always
    17. All That's Mine
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    101

    101 is a live album and companion piece to the 1989 documentary of the same name by English electronic band Depeche Mode. The film chronicles the final leg of the band's 1987/1988 Music for the Masses Tour while this album was recorded live at The Pasadena Rose Bowl on June 18, 1988 - the final show of the tour.
    LP 1
    1. Pimpf
    2. Behind The Wheel
    3. Strangelove
    4. Sacred
    5. Something To Do
    6. Blasphemous Rumours
    7. Stripped
    8. Somebody
    9. The Things You Said


    LP 2
    1. Black Celebration
    2. Shake The Disease
    3. Nothing
    4. Pleasure, Little Treasure
    5. People Are People
    6. A Question Of Time
    7. Never Let Me Down Again
    8. A Question Of Lust
    9. Master And Servant
    10. Just Can't Get Enough
    11. Everything Counts

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  • Speak & Spell Speak & Spell Quick View

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    Speak & Spell

    From the beginning of their career Depeche Mode have been at the forefront of remix culture; creating their own classic extended mixes back in the early 80s and over the years amassing a collection of remixers of their songs that pretty much charts the history of cutting edge dance music.


    Though probably nobody fully appreciated it at the time -- perhaps least of all the band! -- Depeche Mode's debut is at once both a conservative, functional pop record and a groundbreaking release. While various synth pioneers had come before -- Gary Numan, early Human League, late-'70s Euro-disco, and above all Kraftwerk all had clear influence on Speak & Spell -- Depeche became the undisputed founder of straight-up synth pop with the album's 11 songs, light, hooky, and danceable numbers about love, life, and clubs. For all the claims about dated '80s sounds from rock purists, it should be noted that the basic guitar/bass/drums lineup of rock is almost 25 years older than the catchy keyboard lines and electronic drums making the music here. That such a sound would eventually become ubiquitous during the Reagan years, spawning lots of crud along the way, means the band should no more be held to blame for that than Motown and the Beatles for inspiring lots of bad stuff in the '60s. Credit for the album's success has to go to main songwriter Vince Clarke, who would extend and arguably perfect the synth pop formula with Yazoo and Erasure; the classic early singles New Life, Dreaming of Me, and Just Can't Get Enough, along with numbers ranging from the slyly homoerotic Pretty Boy to the moody thumper Photographic, keep everything moving throughout. David Gahan undersings about half the album, and Martin Gore's two numbers lack the distinctiveness of his later work, but Speak & Spell remains an undiluted joy.


    - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)

    1. New Life

    2. Puppets

    3. Dreaming Of Me

    4. Boys Say Go!

    5. Nodisco

    6. What's Your Name?

    7. Photographic

    8. Tora! Tora! Tora!

    9. Big Muff

    10. Any Second Now (Voices)

    11. Just Can't Get Enough
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    Exciter (Awaiting Repress)

    From the beginning of their career Depeche Mode have been at the forefront of remix culture; creating their own classic extended mixes back in the early 80s and over the years amassing a collection of remixers of their songs that pretty much charts the history of cutting edge dance music.


    It's rare to find bands capable of keeping their own best qualities to the fore while trying something new each time out, but Depeche Mode demonstrate that balance in full on the marvelous Exciter. Arguably the first album made by the group as a cohesive unit since Violator (and bearing some resemblance to that record in overall title and song names -- compare The Sweetest Condition with The Sweetest Perfection), Exciter finds the trio again balancing pop catchiness with experimental depths. As with Ultra, an outside producer helps focus the end results in new, intriguing directions -- in this case, said producer is Mark Bell, known for his work with Björk but also as part of Warp Records' flagship act LFO, which always acknowledged their own debut to Depeche. Bell's ear for minimal, crisp beats and quick, subtle arrangements and changes suit Martin Gore's songs beautifully. If there are few storming arena-shaking numbers this time out, the exquisite delicacy throughout is addicting, with Gore's guitar providing slippery and stinging leads to the smoky, romantic flow of Exciter. When the Body Speaks is a particular winner, his gentle work and a backing string section combining just right. David Gahan's voice, already audibly benefiting from lessons on Ultra, is even more supple and passionate than before, ranging from the fuller delivery on the snaky charm of Shine to the haunting album-closer, Goodnight Lovers, a romantic lullaby with perfect counterpoint backing vocals. Gore's own singing remains equally fine, as does his lyrical obsessions on, well, obsession -- Breathe, which quotes more Bible names per verse than most preachers, makes for a good example on both fronts. When the band fully crank it up, the results work there too -- The Dead of Night makes for a far superior nod to Gore's glam roots and Depeche's own industrial dance descendants than Songs of Faith and Devotion's Rush did.


    - Ned Raggett

    1. Dream On

    2. Shine

    3. The Sweetest Condition
    4. When The Body Speaks

    5. The Dead of Night

    6. Lovetheme

    7. Freelove

    8. Comatose

    9. I Feel Loved

    10. Breathe

    11. Easy Tiger

    12. I Am You

    13. Goodnight Lovers
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    Construction Time Again

    The full addition of Alan Wilder to Depeche Mode's lineup created a perfect troika that would last another 11 years, as the combination of Martin Gore's songwriting, Wilder's arranging, and David Gahan's singing and live star power resulted in an ever more compelling series of albums and singles. Right from the album's first song, Love in Itself, something is clearly up; Depeche never sounded quite so thick with its sound before, with synths arranged into a mini-orchestra/horn section and real piano and acoustic guitar spliced in at strategic points. Two tracks later, Pipeline offers the first clear hint of an increasing industrial influence (the bandmembers were early fans of EinstÜrzende Neubauten), with clattering metal samples and oddly chain gang-like lyrics and vocals. The album's clear highlight has to be Everything Counts, a live staple for years, combining a deceptively simple, ironic lyric about the music business with a perfectly catchy but unusually arranged blending of more metallic scraping samples and melodica amid even more forceful funk/hip-hop beats. Elsewhere, on Shame and Told You So, Gore's lyrics start taking on more of the obsessive personal relationship studies that would soon dominate his writing. Wilder's own songwriting contributions are fine musically, but lyrically, preachy puts it mildly, especially the environment-friendly The Landscape Is Changing.


    - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)

    1. Love, In Itself
    2. More Than A Party
    3. Pipeline
    4. Everything Counts
    5. Two Minute Warning
    6. Shame
    7. The Landscape Is Changing
    8. Told You So
    9. And Then...
    10. Everything Counts (Long Version)
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    Playing The Angel

    From the beginning of their career Depeche Mode have been at the forefront of remix culture; creating their own classic extended mixes back in the early 80s and over the years amassing a collection of remixers of their songs that pretty much charts the history of cutting edge dance music.


    When Ultra was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion. When Exciter was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have also forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion, in addition to having found a roundabout way of saying that it was merely better than Ultra. There's no doubt this time: Playing the Angel is both the band's best album since Violator and, more significantly, an album that is near Violator in stature. The biggest clue dropped by the band prior to its release was a quote from Dave Gahan, who said that being in Depeche Mode is better than it has been in 15 years. Some quick math reveals that Gahan was hinting at the Violator era, a time when the band's creativity and popularity peaked synchronously. It also turns out that this is a time as good as any other to be paying attention to the band. Playing the Angel lacks Songs of Faith and Devotion's end-to-end chest-beating, Ultra's grinding murk, and Exciter's desiccated patches. It takes the best qualities from those releases, combines them with a few subtle allusions to Violator -- tiptoeing the border that separates retread from reinvention -- and makes for a highly concentrated set of songs that all but demand to be heard in one uninterrupted shot. Gahan, still riding the confidence he gained as a songwriter from Paper Monsters, his 2003 solo debut, contributes three songs co-written with band associates Christian Eigner and Andrew Phillpott. Though none of them vie to be the album's centerpiece, it's apparent that the move wasn't a concession of desperation on anyone's part. The friendly competition seems to have kicked chief songwriter Martin Gore into high gear; he's in top form. Musically, a lot of analog gear was used, and it's apparent that the arrangements and extra sounds were less fussed over than they have been in the recent past. You get the sense that everything fell into place, as opposed to being forced or aimlessly manipulated. Despite the favoring of older gear, there's no other year in which any of the songs could've been made. Like the best Depeche Mode, almost everything on the album will make an initial wowing impact while remaining layered enough in subtle details to surprise and thrill with repeated listens. It is not the kind of album a 25-year-old band is supposed to make.


    - Andy Kellman (All Music Guide)

    LP 1
    1. A Pain That Im Used To
    2. John The Revelator
    3. Suffer Well
    4. The Sinner In Me
    5. Precious
    6. Macro


    LP 2
    7. I Want It All
    8. Nothings Impossible
    9. Introspectre
    10. Damaged People
    11. Lilian
    12. The Darkest Star

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    Black Celebration

    Whether the band felt it was simply the time to move on from its most explicit industrial-pop fusion days, or whether increased success and concurrently larger venues pushed the music into different avenues, Depeche Mode's fifth studio album, Black Celebration, saw the group embarking on a path that in many ways defined their sound to the present: emotionally extreme lyrics matched with amped-up tunes, as much anthemic rock as they are compelling dance, along with stark, low-key ballads. The slow, sneaky build of the opening title track, with a strange distorted vocal sample providing a curious opening hook, sets the tone as David Gahan sings of making it through another black day while powerful drums and echoing metallic pings carry the song. Black Celebration is actually heavier on the ballads throughout, many sung by Martin Gore -- the most per album he has yet taken lead on -- with notable dramatic beauties including Sometimes, with its surprise gospel choir start and rough piano sonics, and the hyper-nihilistic World Full of Nothing. The various singles from the album remain definite highlights, such as A Question of Time, a brawling, aggressive number with a solid Gahan vocal, and the romantic/physical politics of Stripped, featuring particularly sharp arrangements from Alan Wilder. However, with such comparatively lesser-known but equally impressive numbers as the quietly intense romance of Here Is the House to boast, Black Celebration is solid through and through.


    - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)

    1. Black Celebration
    2. Fly On The Windscreen - Final
    3. A Question Of Lust
    4. Sometimes
    5. It Doesn't Matter Two
    6. A Question Of Time
    7. Stripped
    8. Here Is The House
    9. World Full Of Nothing
    10. Dressed In Black
    11. New Dress
    Depeche Mode
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    A Broken Frame

    Martin Gore has famously noted that Depeche Mode stopped worrying about its future when the first post-Vince Clarke-departure single, See You, placed even higher on the English charts than anything else Clarke had done with them. Such confidence carries through all of A Broken Frame, a notably more ambitious effort than the pure pop/disco of the band's debut. With arranging genius Alan Wilder still one album away from fully joining the band, Frame became very much Gore's record, writing all the songs and exploring various styles never again touched upon in later years. Satellite and Monument take distinct dub/reggae turns, while Shouldn't Have Done That delivers its slightly precious message about the dangers of adulthood with a spare arrangement and hollow, weirdly sweet vocals.


    Much of the album follows in a dark vein, forsaking earlier sprightliness, aside from tracks like A Photograph of You and The Meaning of Love, for more melancholy reflections about love gone wrong as Leave in Silence and My Secret Garden. More complex arrangements and juxtaposed sounds, such as the sparkle of breaking glass in Leave in Silence, help give this underrated album even more of an intriguing, unexpected edge. Gore's lyrics sometimes veer on the facile, but David Gahan's singing comes more clearly to the fore throughout -- things aren't all there yet, but they were definitely starting to get close.


    - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)

    1. Leave in Silence
    2. My Secret Garden
    3. Monument
    4. Nothing to Fear
    5. See You
    6. Satellite
    7. The Meaning of Love
    8. A Photograph of You
    10. Shouldn't Have Done That
    11. The Sun & The Rainfall
    Depeche Mode
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    Beyond Wilderness

    Beyond Wilderness is the debut full-length from Vancouver four-piece Gold & Youth, available May 14, 2013.


    The album was produced and recorded by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, New Pornographers, Dan Mangan) and mixed by Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Interpol, Grizzly Bear).


    Gold & Youth is Matthew Lyall, Murray Mckenzie, Jeff Mitchelmore and Louise Burns.


    Beyond Wilderness is built with dark, expansive synthetic textures, punctuated by programmed drums and interwoven with melancholy vocals, detuned synth melodies and understated guitars.


    The result is an album with varied sounds, ranging from the cold, industrial sounds of Depeche Mode to the tenderness of Avalon-era Roxy Music.

    1. City of Quartz
    2. Little Wild Love
    3. Quarters
    4. Tan Lines
    5. Cut Lip
    6. Jewel
    7. Come to Admire
    8. Daylight Colours
    9. Palm Villa
    10. Young Blood
    11. Time to Kill
    Gold & Youth
    $16.99
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    A Coin For The Well (Discontinued)

    The A Coin For The Well EP is the debut release from the multifaceted Vancouver, B.C.-based group Fan Death. An elegiac revision of classic electronic pop, Fan Death recall the darkest elements of OMD, Depeche Mode and Human League combined with Cerrone worthy symphonic arrangements to create contemporary anthems of morose celebration.
    1. Reunited
    2. Cannibal
    3. Power Surge
    4. Soon
    5. The Son Will Rise
    Fan Death
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    Neuroplasticity

    2nd full length album from Canadian artist, Cold Specks.


    Recorded at Montreal's Hotel2Tango and Toronto's Revolution Recordings studios, the album was produced by Jim Anderson and mixed by Anderson and Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode). Neuroplasticity is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed debut, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion.

    1. A Broken Memory
    2. Bodies At Bay
    3. Old Knives
    4. A Quiet Chill
    5. Exit Plan
    6. Let Loose The Dogs
    7. Absisto
    8. Living Signs
    9. A Formal Invitation
    10. A Season Of Doubt
    Cold Specks
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    Angels & Ghosts

    Angels & Ghosts is the fifth full-length studio album from English electronica production duo Soulsavers, released worldwide by Columbia Records. It is their second collaboration with Dave Gahan, the frontman of Depeche Mode, as guest vocalist and songwriter, this time released under the moniker Dave Gahan & Soulsavers.
    1. Shine
    2. You Owe Me
    3. Tempted
    4. All of This and Nothing
    5. One Thing
    6. Don't Cry
    7. Lately
    8. The Last Time
    9. My Sun
    Dave Gahan & Soulsavers
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    French Touch

    Carla Bruni returns with an exciting collection of some of rock music's most classic hits performed in her signature
    softer, coffee house style. Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence", The Rolling Stones' "Miss You", and ABBA's "The
    Winner Takes It All" appear on this new release, sure to enthuse both fans of Carla's as well as fans of rock staples
    from the last 50 years.
    1. Enjoy The Silence
    2. Jimmy Jazz
    3. Love Letters
    4. Miss You
    5. The Winner Takes It All
    6. Crazy
    7. Highway To Hell
    8. Perfect Day
    9. Stand By Your Man
    10. Please Don't Kiss Me
    11. Moon River
    Carla Bruni
    $22.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Disco2

    Two years after releasing the revered noise/dance record Health/Disco, Health return to the remix realm with Disco2, morphing 2009's Get Color into an electronic masterpiece. Curated and produced by the band, Disco2 features the epic noise jams of Get Color remixed by electronic luminaries Tobacco, Crystal Castles, Salem, Javelin, and Gold Panda (among others), and leads off with the killer new single "USA Boys," mixed by legendary producer Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode).

    1.  USA Boys

    2.  Before Tigers (CFCF Remix)

    3.  In Heat (Javelin Remix)

    4.  Die Slow (Tobacco Remix)

    5.  Severin (Small Black Remix)

    6.  Before Tigers (Gold Panda Remix)

    7.  Eat Flesh (Crystal Castles Remix)

    8.  In Violet (Salem Remix)

    9.  Nice Girls (Blondes Remix)

    10. Die Slow (Pictureplane Remix)

    11. Nice Girls (Little Loud Remix)

    12. Before Tigers (Blindoldfreak Remix)

    Health
    $18.99
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