Depeche Mode – Playing The Angel (2005) [LCDStumm260 – 2005 Deluxe Edition] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – Playing The Angel (2005) [LCDStumm260 – 2005 Deluxe Edition]
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Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

Playing the Angel is the eleventh studio album by the English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released in the United Kingdom on 17 October 2005 by Mute Records and in the United States and Canada on 18 October by Sire Records and Reprise Records. It was supported by the Touring the Angel tour.

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.  ~~AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman

01. A Pain That I’m Used To
02. John The Revelator
03. Suffer Well
04. The Sinner In Me
05. Precious
06. Macro
07. I Want It All
08. Nothing’s Impossible
09. Introspectre
10. Damaged People
11. Lilian
12. The Darkest Star


Depeche Mode – Exciter (2001) [DMCD10 – 2007 Remaster] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – Exciter (2001) [DMCD10 – 2007 Remaster]
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Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

Exciter is the tenth studio album by the English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2001 by Mute Records and in the United States on 15 May by Reprise Records. The album was produced by Mark Bell of Björk and LFO fame. The album also launched the Exciter Tour, one of the band’s most successful tours.

Exciter debuted at number nine on the UK Albums Chart and at number eight on the Billboard 200, selling 115,000 copies in its first week in the US.It is the only Depeche Mode album to debut higher in the US than in the UK. As of April 2006, Exciter had sold more than 426,000 copies in the US, and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album was also certified Gold in Canada for shipments of 50,000 units.The remastered album was released on “deluxe” vinyl 30 March 2007 in Germany and 1 October 2007 internationally.

The plant that appears on the cover is the agave attenuata, a species of agave sometimes known as the “lion’s tail”, “swan’s neck,” or “foxtail” for its development of a curved stem, unusual among agaves. It is used to produce tequila.

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.  ~~ AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

01. Dream On
02. Shine
03. The Sweetest Condition
04. When The Body Speaks
05. The Dead Of Night
06. Lovetheme
07. Freelove
08. Comatose
09. I Feel Loved
10. Breathe
11. Easy Tiger
12. I Am You
13. Goodnight Lovers


Depeche Mode – Ultra (1997) [DMCD9 – 2007 Remaster] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – Ultra (1997) [DMCD9 – 2007 Remaster]
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Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

Ultra is the ninth studio album by the English electronic band Depeche Mode, released on 14 April 1997 by Mute Records. The album was the band’s first since the departure of Alan Wilder, who had left the band in 1995 having become disillusioned with life in Depeche Mode. Wilder’s departure and lead singer Dave Gahan’s drug problems, which culminated in a near-fatal overdose, had caused many people to speculate that the band was finished.This is their first album as a trio since 1982’s A Broken Frame, along with it being their first album where the band themselves were not involved with production.

Ultra debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and at number five on the Billboard 200. By April 2006, the album had sold 584,000 copies in the United States.The project was initially conceived as an EP.

In 1999, Ned Raggett ranked the album at number 50 on his list of “The Top 136 or so Albums of the Nineties”. That same year, the annual Ultra Music Festival in Miami was named after the album by its co-founder Russell Faibisch,and acknowledging its influence on the Polish rock scene, Tylko Rock ranked it at number 71 in its list of “100 Albums That Shook Polish Rock.”

When news surfaced in 1995 that Alan Wilder had departed Depeche Mode to concentrate on his solo project Recoil, the immediate concern among fans was whether the band would be able to hit past heights again. Though Wilder’s profile was always much lesser than that of Martin Gore and David Gahan — and almost even that of Andy Fletcher, whose nonperformance live has always been a running joke in the fan community and who freely admits to generally being around merely to maintain a vibe with his childhood friend Gore — his capability at arranging the songs over the years gave the band its increasingly distinct, unique edge. Combined with Gahan’s near suicide and lengthy recovery from drugs, things looked bleak. Happily, Ultra turned out a winner; hooking up with Tim Simenon, longtime U.K. dance maven and producer of arty fare such as Gavin Friday’s Adam ‘n’ Eve, Depeche delivered a strong album as a rejuvenated band. The most immediate change was Gahan’s singing; for the first time ever, he took singing lessons beforehand, and his new control and projection simply shines, especially on the marvelous “It’s No Good,” a pulsing, tense, yet beautiful song with another deeply romantic Gore lyric. Opener “Barrel of a Gun” continues in the vein of arena-level stompers like “Never Let Me Down Again” and “I Feel You,” with huge drum slams and scratching to boot, but Ultra mostly covers subtler territory, such as the slightly creepy “Sister of Night” and the gentle “The Love Thieves.” Gore sings two winners: the orchestral, slow dance groove “Home” and “The Bottom Line,” featuring steel guitar and Can’s Jaki Liebezeit on drums, distinctly different territory for Depeche. Closing with “Insight,” a quite lovely, building ballad, Ultra showed Depeche wasn’t ready to quit by any means.  ~~ AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

01. Barrel Of A Gun
02. The Love Thieves
03. Home
04. It’s No Good
05. Uselink
06. Useless
07. Sister Of The Night
08. Jazz Thieves
09. Freestate
10. The Bottom Line
11. Insight
12. Junior Painkiller


Depeche Mode – Songs Of Faith And Devotion (1993) [DMCD8 – 2006 Remaster] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – Songs Of Faith And Devotion (1993) [DMCD8 – 2006 Remaster]
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Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

Songs of Faith and Devotion is the eighth studio album by the English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released in the United Kingdom on 22 March 1993 by Mute Records and in the United States and Canada on 23 March by Sire and Reprise Records. The album incorporated a more aggressive, darker rock-oriented tone than its predecessor, Violator (1990), largely influenced by the emerging alternative rock and grunge scenes in the United States.

Upon its release, Songs of Faith and Devotion reached number one in several countries, and became the first Depeche Mode album to debut atop the charts in both the UK and the US. To support the album, Depeche Mode embarked on the fourteen-month-long Devotional Tour, the largest tour the band had ever undertaken to that date.

Recording the album and the subsequent tour exacerbated growing tensions and difficulties within the band, prompting Alan Wilder to quit, making this album the final with him as a band member. The ordeal had exhausted their creative output following the enormous success they had enjoyed with Violator, leading to rumours and media speculation that the band would split. Depeche Mode subsequently recovered from the experience, and released Ultra in 1997.

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.  ~~ AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

01. I Feel You
02. Walking In My Shoes
03. Condemnation
04. Mercy In You
05. Judas
06. In Your Room
07. Get Right With Me
08. Rush
09. One Caress
10. Higher Love


Depeche Mode – Violator (1990) [DMCD7 – 2006 Remaster] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – Violator (1990) [DMCD7 – 2006 Remaster]
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Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

Violator is the seventh studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released on 19 March 1990 by Mute Records.

Preceded by the hit singles “Personal Jesus” and “Enjoy the Silence” (a top-10 hit in both the UK and US), Violator propelled the band into international stardom. The album yielded two further hit singles, “Policy of Truth” and “World in My Eyes”. Violator is the band’s first album to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200, peaking at number seven. It was supported by the World Violation Tour.

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.  ~~ AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

01. World In My Eyes
02. Sweetest Perfection
03. Personal Jesus
04. Halo
05. Waiting For The Night
06. Enjoy The Silence
07. Policy Of Truth
08. Blue Dress
09. Clean


Depeche Mode – 101 (2CD, 1989) [LCDStumm101 – 2003 Remaster] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – 101 (2CD, 1989) [LCDStumm101 – 2003 Remaster]
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Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

101 is a live album and documentary by English electronic band Depeche Mode released in 1989 chronicling the final leg of the band’s 1987/1988 Music for the Masses Tour and the final show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena which was held on 18 June, 1988.

Group member Alan Wilder is credited with coming up with the name; the performance was the 101st and final performance of the tour (and coincidentally also the number of a famous highway in the area). The film was directed and produced by D.A. Pennebaker.

As an event, Depeche Mode’s huge (attendance around 60,000) Los Angeles Rose Bowl concert in 1988 remains legendary; no single artist show had totally sold out the venue since eight years beforehand, while the film documentary done by Dylan-filmer D.A. Pennebaker based around the show clearly demonstrated fans’ intense commitment to a near-decade-old band most mainstream critics continued to stupidly portray as a flash-in-the-pan synth pop effort. This start-to-final-encore record of the concert showcases a band perfectly able to carry its music from studio to stage as well as any other combo worth its salt should be able to do. Understandably focused on Music for the Masses material, the album shows Depeche experimenting with alternate arrangements at various points for live performance; big numbers like “Never Let Me Down Again,” “Stripped,” and “Blasphemous Rumors” pack even more of a wallop here. Slower numbers and more than a couple of ballads help to vary the hit-packed set, including a fine “Somebody” and “The Things You Said” combination sung by Martin Gore. “Pleasure Little Treasure,” on record an okay B-side, becomes a monster rocker live, the type of unexpected surprise one could expect from a solid band no matter what the music. With a triumphant set of closing numbers, including magnificent takes on “Never Let Me Down Again,” “Master and Servant,” and the set-ending “Everything Counts,” with what sounds like the entire audience singing the chorus well after the song has finally ended, 101 does far better at its task than most might have guessed.  ~~ AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

CD1 #01. Pimpf
CD1 #02. Behind The Wheel
CD1 #03. Strangelove
CD1 #04. Sacred
CD1 #05. Something To Do
CD1 #06. Blasphemous Rumours
CD1 #07. Stripped
CD1 #08. Somebody
CD1 #09. Things You Said

CD2 #01. Black Celebration
CD2 #02. Shake The Disease
CD2 #03. Nothing
CD2 #04. Pleasure, Little Treasure
CD2 #05. People Are People
CD2 #06. A Question Of Time
CD2 #07. Never Let Me Down Again
CD2 #08. A Question Of Lust
CD2 #09. Master And Servant
CD2 #10. Just Can’t Get Enough
CD2 #11. Everything Counts


Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses (1987) [DMCD6 – 2006 Remaster] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses (1987) [DMCD6 – 2006 Remaster]
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Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

Music for the Masses is the sixth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 28 September 1987 by Mute Records, and was supported by the Music for the Masses Tour.

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. ~~ AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

01. Never Let Me Down Again
02. The Things You Said
03. Strangelove
04. Sacred
05. Little 15
06. Behind The Wheel
07. I Want You Now
08. To Have And To Hold
09. Nothing
10. Pimpf


Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (1986) [DMCD5 – 2007 Remaster] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (1986) [DMCD5 – 2007 Remaster]
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Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

Black Celebration is the fifth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released on 17 March 1986 by Mute Records. The album further cemented the darkening sound created by Alan Wilder which the band later used for the acclaimed and globally successful albums Music for the Masses, Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion, sound that was initially hinted towards on their albums Construction Time Again and Some Great Reward.

Despite not being a commercial success at the time its official release, as the band said in 1998 during an interview available on The Videos 86–98 DVD, Black Celebration has been cited as one of the most influential albums of the 1980s.To promote the album, the band embarked on the Black Celebration Tour.

Three years after its release, Spin ranked it at number 15 in its list of “The 25 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

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. ~~ AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

01. Black Celebration
02. Fly On The Windscreen (Final)
03. A Question Of Lust
04. Sometimes
05. It Doesn’t Matter Two
06. A Question Of Time
07. Stripped
08. Here Is The House
09. World Full Of Nothing
10. Dressed In Black
11. New Dress


Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward (1984) [DMCD4 – 2007 Remaster] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward (1984) [DMCD4 – 2007 Remaster]
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Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

Some Great Reward is the fourth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released in 1984. The album peaked at number five in the United Kingdom and at number fifty-four in the United States. The title comes from the last lines of the bridge in “Lie to Me” when it repeats near the end. The album was supported by the Some Great Reward Tour.

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. ~~ AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

01. Something To Do
02. Lie To Me
03. People Are People
04. It Doesn’t Matter
05. Stories Of Old
06. Somebody
07. Master And Servant
08. If You Want
09. Blasphemous Rumours


Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again (1983) [DMCD3 – 2007 Remaster] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again (1983) [DMCD3 – 2007 Remaster]
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Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

Construction Time Again is the third studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released on 22 August 1983 by Mute Records.[1] This was the first Depeche Mode album with Alan Wilder as a full band member, who wrote the songs “Two Minute Warning” and “The Landscape Is Changing”, as well as the B-side “Fools”. The title comes from the second line of the first verse of the track “Pipeline”. It was supported by the Construction Time Again Tour.

The album was recorded at John Foxx’s Garden Studios in London, engineered by Gareth Jones (who had also engineered Foxx’s 1980 album Metamatic) and mixed at the Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin.

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. Construction Time Again, the new lineup’s first full effort, is a bit hit and miss nonetheless, but when it does hit, it does so perfectly. 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.” ~~ AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

01. Love, In Itself
02. More Than A Party
03. Pipeline
04. Everything Counts
05. Two Minute Warning
06. Shame
07. The Landscape Is Changing
08. Told You So
09. And Then…
10. Everything Counts (Reprise)


Depeche Mode – А Broken Frame (1982) [DMCD2 – 2006 Remaster] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – А Broken Frame (1982) [DMCD2 – 2006 Remaster]
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Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

A Broken Frame is the second studio album by the British group Depeche Mode, released in 1982. The album was written entirely by Martin Gore and recorded after the departure of Vince Clarke, who had left the band to form Yazoo with singer Alison Moyet. Alan Wilder was part of a second tour in the United Kingdom occurring prior to the release of this album, but he had not officially joined the band yet, and thus, does not appear on the album.

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.~~ AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

01. Leave In Silence
02. My Secret Garden
03. Monument
04. Nothing To Fear
05. See You
06. Satellite
07. The Meaning Of Love
08. A Photograph Of You
09. Shouldn’t Have Done That
10. The Sun And The Rainfall


Depeche Mode – Speak & Spell (1981) [DMCD1 – Remaster 2006] [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Depeche Mode – Speak & Spell (1981) [DMCD1 – Remaster 2006]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:18 minutes | Scans included | 2,92 GB
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

Speak & Spell is the debut album by the English electronic band Depeche Mode, recorded and released in 1981. The album peaked at number 10 in the UK Albums Chart.

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.~~ AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett

01. New Life
02. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
03. Puppets
04. Boys Say Go!
05. Nodisco
06. What’s Your Name?
07. Photographic
08. Tora! Tora! Tora!
09. Big Muff
10. Any Second Now (voices)
11. Just Can’t Get Enough
12. Dreaming Of Me