by Depeche Mode

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Featured Artists: Keith LeBlanc and B.J. Cole and Doug Wimbish and Jaki Liebezeit

Genre: Rock & Pop
  • Genre: Popular Music
  • Release Date: March 2014
  • Label: Rhino (Label)
  • Format: LP
  • Number of Discs: 1
Music Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone (5/1/97, pp.53-54) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Songwriter Martin Gore has plenty of dark passion to document....moody, pulsating ballads such as `The Bottom Line' and `The Love Thieves' are ideal vehicles for Gahan's brooding baritone and for the band's ever-increasing sense of tender intuition..."

Spin - "'Barrel of a Gun' is classic Depeche Mode: down-plus tempo; Gahan's tortured baritone squeezing the lemon of Martin Gore's teeny-bop, S&M lyrics; guitars, synths, and drum machines deliberately emasculated like so much ground meat."

Spin (5/97, pp.110-111) - (6 out of 10) - "...Simeon's pristine production...fits Depeche Mode's need to conceal their age in sleekness. Rather than co-opt drum'n'bass, they do what they've done since VIOLATOR: merge machine aesthetics and corporate machinery into a punkishly forbidding indolence..."

Entertainment Weekly (4/18/97, p.66) - "..combines up-to-the-second synth effects...with ripping melodies--all supported by the grim sonic architecture that long ago made DM the darlings of many a sour teen. Imposing spires of synths, industrial rivets of percussion, churchy organs, and grave vocals erect an edifice of reverent dread..." - Rating: B+

Q (1/98, p.112) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."

Q (5/97, p.118) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...ranks alongside...BLACK CELEBRATION as their darkest album to date....dry, dislocated, burnt-out and sometimes beautiful songwriting....Gone are the big, roguishly aggressive hooks, replaced by industrialised trip-hop beats...and widescreen spaces..."

Customer Reviews