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Music for the Masses

Depeche Mode

1987

Music for the Masses

Album Summary

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

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Rating

3.34

Votes

5421

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Pop
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Thu Feb 11 2021
1

Oh, boy. Here we go, again. Crappy 80s synths. Hideous echoey drums emphasizing the backbeat. Inconsequential melodies and song structures. We don't even have the saving grace of interesting rhythms or song lyrics. This is self-serious, humorless tripe, the dullest of dull pop. It's not even danceable. It makes me want to curl up and die. Not even the moderately original album closer Pimpf, with it operatic vocals, comes close to redeeming this dreadful album. 1 star out of 5 and only because I can't give it less. I'm beginning to have my doubts about the curators of this list.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

1. thought the 1st track was like a cute platonic friendship type thing, nope-- drugs lol. 2. good i think, i forgot, need another listen. 3. STRANGELOVE SLAPS. 4. sacred also a bop. imma mishun-airyyy 5. good, lotta drama. lyrics hmm, needa re-listen. 6. ooooooh. 7. SEXY. 8. also good, eerie, needa another listen tho. 9. bop. nothaaaaang 10. spooky piano/orchestra/choir instrumental, me likey!!! DELUXE 11. MORE SPOOKY-MOODY PIANO & other sounds, I LOVE. 12. bop. periodt. i could dance to this 13. it's aight, not a fave. 14. more moody piano--hell YEAH. more of a calm vibe this time. still got drama. 15. it's moonlight sonata, c'mon. gorgeousness. overall thoughts: on first listen I'd give the album a 4/5. i think with more listens it'll become more perfect to me. i love the eerie vibe of it all, some bops here and there. def got tracks I can come back to which is poifect.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Contrairement à l'avis totalement à côté de la plaque de mon compère elrodriguez, je n'ai pas été subjugué par cet album.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

I’m not sure I know why but this album just ticked every box for me. Dark, moody synthesizers, driving beats, interesting multipart harmonies, it all just works. I enjoyed this way more than I was expecting to.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

This is my first time hearing Depeche Mode and I must say that I loved this album. It is brooding and driving with interesting instrumentation and song construction. There's an expansiveness to this music that I really enjoy. British New Wave is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

"Music for the Masses" is the 6th album by Depeche Mode. It was produced by David Bascombe and the album title was meant to be tongue-in-cheek as the band thought the music was anything but for the masses. And, on the surface I would agree with the music dark and the songs about sex, sin and drugs. However, this album (and the previous one "Black Celebration") pretty much taking these guys beyond sort of cult status to playing in front of 60,000 people. The music is eerie, hypnotic and I must say I enjoyed more and more with repeated listens. The songs switch lead singers between David Gahan and Martin Gore with a definite flow to this album. The album contains some of their bigger hits. "Never Let Me Down Again" starts things off with a great dark and hypnotic intro and appears to be about drug use seeking euphoria. Obviously, Gahan at the lead here. "Strange Love", another big song and great intro, adds more of a dance beat. An interesting take on probably sinning (cheating) and keeping a relationship. "Behind the Wheel" adds even more of a dance beat and really sounds like early Depeche Mode to me. I love it when a song has an emotionless feel and is good. This is one of those. Not having a dance beat but creating an eerie, almost Goth feel is "I Want You Now". Martin Gore takes the lead here with Gahan groaning in the back. Lust the theme here. It has been awhile since I listened to this album and I thought it might sound dated, being of its time. I get some of that but it still sounded great and you can see why they became so big.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

I got into Depeche Mode after doing an episode of "my one track mind" and I really enjoy most of their material. This album is no exception. They sound like a link between Kraftwerk and Nine Inch Nails at times. Sucks that some of the track transitions seem to get flubbed by awkward pauses in-between songs on spotify (or maybe it's just my settings)? I love the 3 song run at the beginning of the album best. Listened to the 2006 remaster w/ bonus tracks.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Somewhere between New Order and Pet Shop Boys. Not as exciting, funny, or danceable as them, but roughly a hundred times better than I expected. Fey, melodramatic, and infectious.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

I get why it is here and I appreciate it but I don’t wanna listen to it anymore

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Depressed Mode

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Mon Dec 06 2021
1

Some days this project is enjoyable. This was not one of those days.

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Tue May 24 2022
1

It's Depeche Mode's Music for the Mases featuring none of their greatest hits! Buy now and you can get all this maudlin synth pop absolutely free because absolutely no one else wants it!

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

2/16 "Relocate to Fresno bumpin' Depeche Mode in the enzo..." Standout Tracks: Strangelove, Behind the Wheel, Pimpf, Agent Orange, Pleasure Little Treasure, Route 66, Stjarna

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

I feel like this is the sweet spot for Depeche Mode's music. It is moving past the poppier sound and headed more towards brooding. An amazing album.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

ufff que viaje

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Me ha gustado bastante. Mejor que Violator.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Hhh

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Solid DM album

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Unreal album, brings me back to my youth.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Brilliant

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Bombastische muziek als deze kan ik wel smaken. Het volume ging duidelijk omhoog hoe verder ik kwam in het album, en dan moest 'Pimpf' nog komen: Wat een knaller die compleet in contrast staat met de rest van het album!

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

An eternal classic

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

better than I thought - probably a 4.5 but I'm rounding up for the surprise. Very cool early electronic.industrial stuff!

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Хороший потом Великой группы!

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

No és perfecte, perquè cap al final de la segona cara comença a baixar el nivell, però els temes que sí ho són, que es són molts, eleven el nivell del disc per sobre del 90% de la producció musical de la década. A 'Violator' es van refinar definitivament com a compositors, però aquí els agafa en el seu millor moment d'inspiració, culminant una ratxa de sis discos en trajectòria ascendent (començant ja el primer d'ells des de molt a dalt!)

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Knew a couple of tracks - lots of good stuff on this. 1st one to make 3 listens by day 2.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Never let me down again, The things you said, Strangelove, Sacred, Behind the wheel

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

This is one of the biggest loves of all time! Unparalleled, gets to the bones..

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

det er så godt for sin tid!!

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Depeche Mode knows that if you're going to use "again" to rhyme with a word ending in an "ane" sound, you need to pronounce it "a-GANE". I'd be tempted to give it five stars just for not cocking it up like everybody else. Thankfully the album is also very good.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

This brings me back to high school

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Sun Nov 28 2021
5

one of the best albums of all time

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Una maravilla

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

10/10 классика

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

gute Synthmusik

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Favorite tracks: Never Let Me Down Again, Strangelove, Nothing, Agent Orange, Pleasure… Little Treasure, Route 66,

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

This was Depeche Mode's bridge album between their more classic 80's synth period (Black Celebration) and their all time classic Violator. But from the album cover to the music, this album is both a classic and truly iconic in its own right. There is not one bad song on here. 5/5

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

WWO, DM is my favorite band! And this album is awesome!

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Mass Depeche

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

Me ha gustado bastante. Mejor que Violator.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

This album is great! Not my favorite Depeche Mode album, but definitely solid throughout

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Sat May 14 2022
5

Dead good.

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Mon May 16 2022
5

This was my first real introduction to DM. I love this album.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

A real classic.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Very good and easy listening. I had a great experience. I can’t think of anything other than the title and how fitting it is. Somebody made it and it’s art so I like it

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

Strangelove clássica. Little 15 é linda. I Want You Now, tem respirações interessantes. Sons interessantes em Agent Orange. Bass de Never Let Down Again é top!!

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Sat Aug 13 2022
5

One of my fave albums of all time

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Never really been a fan of DM I think mostly because they were an 80s band that, outside Personal Jesus, didn't really have any radio ready songs. I feel like they were more of an MTV band and by the time MTV was in most households I was out of high school. Also, rural America didn't get MTV until decades later. My point being, DM was not a band I had ready access to. That's why I love this site. It's got me to listen to and really enjoy a band I previously little interest in hearing. These guys are good. They are excellent, and most importantly, creative composers.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

This is an awesome album!

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Banger

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Amazing

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Put this on again recently around Andy's untimely death. Absolutely terrific album, some of their greatest ever songs, an easy 5. Also the Depeche Mode album I think which most influenced the glorious Turrican and Turrican 2 soundtracks.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

likeit

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

never let me down never let me down never let me down never let me down

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

De-Peach.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

A classic, building on the promise shown in "Black Celebration". Backed up by a legendary tour and live album.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
5

synthy

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Sun Nov 06 2022
5

Beautiful music. Very well done.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

When this came out, it made realise what I'd been missing One of the best lobe bands

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Easily Depeche Mode's second best album.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

It is not the kind of music you would expect for an album like that, but at every time is great.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

🖤 Perfect Album

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Pretty good. Interesting atmosphere on a lot of the songs, and I really like the use of synths/ electronics.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

What does Depeche Mode mean? Cool album tho, one of those bands where I should listen to more but I never do

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Wed Dec 23 2020
4

I need to give this a second listen. I really liked a lot of it, feels very ahead of its time imo, but definitely some filler songs that I think could have been cut to keep the runtime down. Like, you don’t need the instrumentals or the moonlight sonata on there. Very harrowing, unique vocals, great synths, very atmospheric.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Deler er sgu god elektro-pop. Fede hits og lækre rytmer. Har dog et par meget lange rene instrumentelle numre som er lidt ligegyldige. Men starter rigtigt godt

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Their sound is very... sexual, for lack of a better term.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Man, Depeche Mode. IMO, one of the most under-appreciated bands of the millennial/x generation. It has all of the sound that you'd expect us 'youngins' to like. It's my goal to listen to more of them. I love this album. Great to work to.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Tja, äh - ich finde das gut, worüber ich ein ganz klein wenig überrascht bin! DM gehörten in den 80ern und 90ern nicht unbedingt zu meinen Favoriten, obwohl ich Personal Jesus und Enjoy the Silence von der Violator auch immer schon ganz groß fand. Vorher nie ein Album von denen durchgehört.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Classic. solid listening if you are in the mood.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Wasn't looking forward to it, but was surprisingly good. Lots of catchy stuff.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

7,6

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

Depeche Mode when they started to get REALLY big. Personally I prefer Violator, but this is a solid listen. Dark synth-pop that filled stadiums all around the world. I could come back to this one. Favorite song: Sacred Least favorite song: Behind The Wheel

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Always good

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

It’s great but a bit sad.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Incredible

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Great

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Este disco es menos sombrío que el otro que ha aparecido en esta lista (Violator) y es más fácil de consumir. Este fue el primero que oí completo y creo que sin haber pasado por aquí el otro me hubiera costado más trabajo. Strangelove y I Want You Now son mis favoritas. Ninguna canción suena a relleno aunque tampoco me voló la cabeza. Sólido 4.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Stylistically/conceptually/artistically wonderful. Not easy listening.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Hah hah, yes! Moody, gothy synthy not-pop. Enjoyed this a lot. Fave track - "Behind the Wheel", maybe? "Never Let Me Down Again" was great, and I enjoyed the weirdness of "Pimpf", too...

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

its depeche mode

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

3.7* some good songs but not my style. very 80s sounding but i guess that makes sense for an album that came out in 1987

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

I had both the CD and the cassette. Definitely listened to this every week. Now?

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Some tracks stronger than others (not a fan of the instrumentals) but overall a really enjoyable listen

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Que nostalgia, algunos temas épicos pero otros nada, en todo caso agradable de escuchar

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

That voice, that mood

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Always love Depeche Mode

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Great

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Depeche Mode innit

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

I am a big fan of Depeche Mode, and this album was quite good.

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Depeche Mode are masters of their instruments, crafting synth lines and electronic beats that are meant for each other, as if they were destined to come together in perfect darkness. The songs here are just so incredibly well-composed, it's difficult to not enjoy them. The atmosphere built into these songs are also strong and compelling. Overall great album.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Clàssic, gutazo

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

- Very good sounds and experimental techniques. The album is surreal and sounds melanchoholic and sad, but at the same time, gives a creepy atmosphere of progresive rock.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Not as dark as Violator but still an epic album.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

¡No sabía que podía esperar esto de Depeche Mode! Un disco de decadencia en un momento oscuro y de entregarse a otras personas (o a la droga) como evasión ante una amenaza permanente. Me ha gustado mucho. Mucho. La canción, "Behind the Wheel"

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Nice

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Ich muss zugeben, dass ich Depeche in diesem Kontext anders wahrnehme als bisher. Da habe ich was gutzumachen

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

I already liked Depeche Mode so I was quite excited to listen to this all the way through! the album was a really good and very synthy album and the songs had decent variety in overall mood

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Tue May 04 2021
4

A true classic. Depeche Mode own their sound not unlike how the Beatles or Queen own theirs. Being Depeche Mode though, this album is weird, and though I may love it for it, there are albums that are more well-rounded. Still loved it though.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Not my favourite Depeche Mode album but still excellent. Strangelove is too good

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Great album. Love Depeche mode

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Thu May 27 2021
4

I love Depeche mode and loved this album

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Thu May 13 2021
4

There seems to be a heavy Kraftwerk influence which I like. The front half of the album is filled with bangers, and the back half is filled with a whole lot of nothing. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Great Album!

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

I have always had trouble getting into Depeche Mode, but I’m glad I gave this a shot. It had some r really strong moments

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

the breathing at the beginning of 'i want you now' is one of the worst things i've ever heard. everything else has been marvelous so far. i loved Pimpf especially. the following track was instrumental too i think? i kinda zoned out from that point onwards, didn't even realize when it ended lol. but i enjoyed myself a lot.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

There are some interesting sounds on here, pretty similar to the The Cure album we had earlier. My main gripes are that it's slow and that the song I Want You Now exists. 7

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

8/10. I quite liked a few tracks from this, but as an album it has some boring stretches. The intro to "I Want You Now" just sounds like an overdramatic person inflating a paddleboard. And "Pleasure, Little Treasure" is a bonus track, but it was a lot more fun than most of the album. I can't quite decide if I like the Route 66 cover, but the occasional panting in the background does not help it out.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Really good, probably a 4.75. Very introspective, not commercial

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Right of the bat - pretty fucking good. Fuck I love the 80s I like the darker turn it takes, reminds me of the dark synth era of retrosynthwave, and I like that alot. I didn't really love any of the tracks, but I love the atmosphere and style that I'll almost give it a five. It's up there. 4.5 But damn what an ugly album cover, it reminds me of Massive Attack - Blue Lines, and damn that light brown color is so sad to look at - Maybe I'll learn to love it

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Good

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Compliqué de me consacrer aux reviews en ce moment, étant donné que je suis de retour au bureau, et que je me vois mal rédiger de somptueuses reviews au milieu de l'open space pour les lecteurs ingrats que vous êtes (1 semaine après notre appel, toujours aucune review sur l'album de MC Solaar mentionnant le code secret!).

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

I honestly kinda like it. It's so clearly 80s, but I don't consider that a bad thing. This is sitting in your room after school, curtains closed, music up, and trying to work up the urge to kiss the cute goth girl you managed to convince to come over.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Spook synth with lots of non-commercial stuff on purpose according to the Wikipedia article. Plus 1 star for naming it music for the masses when the intent was the opposite

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

A solid album. One of the problems I have with Depeche Mode is not that it’s good, but that it makes me feel depressed. I guess good music makes you feel so that’s a win? But anyways, the songwriting is here, dark and mysterious- Nothing seems like it would be the only “radio hit” off the album. Nevertheless, it’s good- in all it’s spooky ambience- it kinda trails off tho from time to time. Otherwise, it’s really good. Solid 4

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Music for the Masses is obviously ironically named. Depeche Mode would not have been classified as mainstream in any sense of the word. It is moody and dark, but also decidedly 80s in feel. Overall a great listen and one I'd venture back into. Best: Never Let Me Down Again; Little 15 Worst: Pimpf

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Some weird stuff on here but I can't resist Dave Gahan's voice and those moody, sexy synths!

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

It's a really solid album

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

For me, Depeche Mode is "Just Can't Get Enough", "Personal Jesus" and the time in the late 80s when a reporter on an American entertainment show unironically called them "America's favourite rock 'n' roll band". Their Music for the Masses phase is interesting. It's an edgier sound and makes me think a little of Joy Division. "I Want You Now" was the most memorable track, with its disturbing respiratory sounds mixed with the loving but dark lyrics. It feels like a good stage in the creative life of la Mode.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

Pretty good album, I love the classical twist at the end of it. Lots of fun instrumentals

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

Some good new wave and an evolution for Depeche Mode

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Fantastic dark synth. A little samey after a while though.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Interesting album, more in depth that I thought.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

This lives up to its title. Typical dark, broody synths, but also melodic and poppy. More catchy and less heavy on the vibe compared to Violater, which this album preceded and is also on this list. I'm coming to the conclusion that Depeche Mode are pretty great. 4/5.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

It’s that modern indie sound. But from the 80s!

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

DM are the peak synth-pop to come out of the 80s/90s. This album is one of their finest - 3.5/4

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Atmosphärisch, dense und kalt, mir aber nach einer Weile etwas monoton

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

7/10

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

I appreciate Depeche Mode. There's a difference between listening to a song that someone "wrote" and a song that was "composed" - the latter being a much more impressive feat in my mind. Granted, I find the former more entertaining to listen to. This kind of music just always feels like it's missing something (which is a me problem, not the fault of those who record in this genre). It needs a visual element. I always feel like I should also be watching an intense scene in a movie, or a video game cut scene, or a ballet or something. I don't know if that makes sense. At the end of the day, Depeche Mode is really good at something I don't really understand.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

I love the sound of this record. Love those synths. I can hear the influence of the arpeggiated piano chords on The Smashing Pumpkins' "Eye" and the record's broader influence on the Pumpkins' subsequent (to "Eye") Adore LP. I'm thankful for that influence. I think the influence here on another band I love - The Cocteau Twins - can't be understated. It is what made CT more than another guitar-based shoegaze band (see Ride's "Nowhere.") On its own, and forgetting the influence it had, this record is great as well. Within it's relatively narrow scope of sounds, it has a lot of diversity from song to song. I especially like "The Things You Said." Giving this a solid 4. It brings together the great sounds from Kraftwerk, adds a pop sheen, and I like that a lot.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

It's somewhat dark and brooding with just the right amount of oppressiveness and then a bunch of catchy hooks mixed in. I really liked this one and listened to it twice in a row. However, the only song that really stood out was Pimpf for being overly dramatic and not really fitting the rest of the album.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Definetly interesting

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

80,s synth pop mooi melodieus

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

I had a really good time listening to this record! I already knew some Depeche Mode songs, but I had never heard any of the tracks off of this album before so it was completely fresh. I found this very innovative even for as late as 1987, and I was never bored listening through the entire album even though some songs sounded pretty similar. I know that Depeche Mode was a major influence on one of my favorite modern bands, CHVRCHES, and I can tell that a lot of their stuff is going for a similar tone and vibe that this collection of songs offers. Outside of this connection I made, I was pleasantly surprised to hear some Moody Blues-like lead vocals and slower tracks which is something I am always down for. This was very apparent on the track 'I Want You Now' which I have added to my Starred list. Overall, I definitely liked this one and am interested to dive deeper into this band's catalog. 3.5/5.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

80s synthy electronic. playfully catchy with a darker center

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

Surprisingly cool

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Stirring.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Heavier sound than their early albums. Will develop even further in their next album, violator.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

This is a great album, one of Depeche Mode’s best. It’s probably the most musically cohesive of all the albums they had done to that point, with a dark, sensual and slightly menacing vibe. There are several straight up synth classics on here which make it a must listen, but had they dropped a couple of songs, it would have been a tighter album. Fave Songs: Never Let Me Down Again, Little 15, Behind the Wheel, Nothing, Pimpf, The Things You Said

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

4/5. Too Nasal, good tunes doe

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

This felt refreshingly different compared to some recent listens, perhaps influencing an upgrade to 4 from what may have been a 3 star rating. But this is really quite relistenable for me.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Lo amé, primer disco entero que escucho de DM, a la altura de sus hits aunque por momentos se pone demasiado euro victoriano medieval.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

This sounds more like Depeche Mode than Depeche Mode does. Appreciated listening to an album so I could appreciate the musical talent, but it's a bit one dimensional

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Depeche Mode klinkt wel lekker. Heerlijke 80s sound. Misschien niet het beste album ter wereld, en ook niet heel veel topnummers, maar het hele album is wel goed te luisteren. ****

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

I never thought I liked Depeche Mode and was not looking forward to this...but I gotta say I enjoyed this album.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Big fan. Been A LONG TIME since I listened to this entire album and I specifically recall a friend in high school who loved Depeche Mode which somehow led me to listening to the Pixies. I think this is an album that I’ll return to soon and play in the background while getting a few things done.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

What every 80s synth driven band with should've sounded like. Verging on a masterpiece.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

All synthpop should sound like a horror movie

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

I liked this a lot!

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

I was uncertain at the start, but the album really picked up with Strange love and I was hooked. I really liked the spooky vibes, a great mix of eerie synth sounds and catchy bops.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Genre: Synthpop 4/5 Dark, ambient, and emotional, Music for the Masses is one of Depeche Mode's best albums, hitting all of the right buttons, making this one of my favorite pop albums from this decade. Eschewing new wave's more eclectic shortcomings, and opting instead for a brooding, synth-heavy production style that does a great job highlighting the passionate lead vocals from Dave Gahan, as well as forming a great basis for some solid synthpop arrangements, this album is a great example of what the 80s did well, but not something they did this well that often. The entire first side, including tracks like Never Let Me Down Again and Sacred, is tremendously, dark, almost sinister pop music. As the album continues, Depeche Mode continues to attack the senses with harsh synth leads, electronic drum fills, and loud, passionate choruses, a formula that only these guys pulled off as well as they did. Tears for Fears tried their best, but never quite reached this. Shoutout to the entire mid-aught's rock movement, which borrows from this group more than almost any other (I'm looking at you, AFI).

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Other than it’s dance-y music I have no clue… The album starts off with never let me down again, it’s got a brilliant rhythm to it but the lyrics aren’t the best and I’am not sure on the autotune on the chorus but it doesn’t effect it much. The things you said is a slightly slower song and it works really well, still not a fan of the vocals though but I guess this kinda music isn’t meant to be analysed that way. Strangelove has a great build up with the sounds working so good together and lyrically it seems the bands best so yeah this is a favourite! Sacred has this much slower “creepy” sound at the start until exploding into this really cool slower dance song with some nice sounds . There’s something really unsettling about little 15 for me. My favourite bit has to be the chorus as those exploding drums alongside the strings works perfectly. It’s also got interesting lyrics and I’am so surprised it was a single. Starting off side two it’s behind the wheel it takes it’s time to really get into it but once it starts it’s cool. The vocal performance in this song it’s much more layered on than the others which makes it the best as it really suits the song. I can appreciate I want you now for trying something new with the instrumentation but to put it lightly it’s not for me I did like the bridge/ refrain bit at the middle of the song. To have and to hold starts with this sample leading intro this menacing, sinister sound. Good song maybe needs a bit of building lyrically. Now the penultimate cut nothing, it sounds a lot more like a single than behind the wheel and little 15 (it’s not better than those two) but the chorus is this songs best part a temporary release of energy. The album closes with pimpf an instrumental track its got this creepy feel to it. It’s probably my least favourite but that’s just cause I feel lyrics really carry a song. And there’s a bonus track…eh. Yeah good album much better in the instrumental department but still works lyrically in most places!

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Thu May 12 2022
4

The challenge is making me realise how much I love Depeche Mode. I have really neglected them in the past but wow what an amazing body of work.

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Great album, these guys were the bomb in the 80s

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

sicko mode

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Sat Jun 11 2022
4

Really excellent, forgot about their "Route 66" cover.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Behind the wheel and other bangers. A more low key affir then some of their stuff.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

I very much enjoyed some of the instrumental pieces on this album, but Strangelove is an awesome song to soundtrack a purposeful strut. RIP Fletch.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Dost dobar, melodičan i hladnjikav synthpop album - od dost dobrog benda.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

I've already left my love for Depeche Mode in my Violator review. They're one of my favorite bands. I'm obsessed with their dark gothic synths and creepy expressive vocals. Never repetitive, always full of surprises in each song, it's hard for me to come up with favorite songs. Black Celebration and Violator are my favorite DM records, but this one sounds nearly identical to Black Celebration except more cinematic. I feel like the songs are weaker, but that may just be because I haven't spun it a dozen times and that they'll grow on me, but I admit the synth work here is highly impressive and intriguing in every track. I lost interest in the last 3 tracks, but cool to end off with the Sephiroth boss fight theme.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

ah, fond memories of listening to by brothers crappy tape copies through he wall of my bedroom. Must have been formative for me

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

unforgettable, near perfect album all across the board—the first time i’ve relistened to this since the passing of fletch. i miss you, man. you were a powerhouse

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

This is a great album! I grew up on 80's New Wave especially Depeche Mode. I can't say that much about this album other than I love it and have so many good memories of these songs.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Really good album - worth listening to more often.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

Music For the Masses is ironically the record where Depeche Mode really embraced the darkness and minimalistic approach... And in this gloomy realm the band truly seems to shine. Gahans vocal is haunting and the compositions are, for the most parts, incredibly subtle yet powerful. Pimpf is not an ending though. Feels like the introduction to an epic album but somehow only leads over in a hidden interlude. Just plain ridiculous. Best: Strangelove / Little 15

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

'Never Let Me Down Again' is the best Depeche Mode track ever released, and I am willing to die on this hill. In general, this is peak Depeche Mode - great with a little (a lot!) S&M action on 'Strangelove'. I don't understand closing an album with a small hidden instrumental piece at the end of another instrumental piece.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

I have to be honest that Depeche Mode's transition from club band to arena (and stadium) band was something I didn't see coming. This was the release that did it for them. Maybe it was the look back to their first release and incorporating poppy and catchy elements into their moody songs. It worked then and works for me now.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Love that this album is simultaneously so dark sounding but also so energetic. Some of the instrumental tracks drag on a little but overall the album is mostly bangers.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

80s pop, fairly good but some songs not

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Just as a feces’ mists humors most, this album is strangely pleasant, dark & mysterious

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

I enjoyed this a lot more than I remembered doing.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

Personal Jesus is a classic. I enjoyed quite a few of the other ones too. Definitely going to listen to more of their stuff now.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Love love love the techno synths and mysterious voices

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

EXCELENTR

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

This was never my fave DM album b BUT it’s got some real gems on it.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Moody, dark, yet somehow still very catchy and weirdly sexy (just me?). I don't think this is their apex, I think they hit that with "Violator", but this is still just a solid record. Love the use of sampling throughout, as well as the atmosphere. Favorite tracks: "Never Let Me Down Again", "To Have and To Hold", "Behind the Wheel"

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

YuppaaA. 8/10

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Sat Sep 10 2022
4

I like this dark 80s synth-pop. Black Celebration felt like a slight departure and this develops the sound. Violator fully embraced the goth-synth Depeche Mode that took them through 90s stardom. Just the correct side of “industrial” noise.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

A longtime favorite and an all around great album. This is quite close to 5 stars, but is diminished a bit in comparison to the albums that bookend it: Black Celebration and Violator, either of which would get the full 5.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Fun darksynth album with lots of banger tracks

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

solid album!

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

I liked this one. Less experimental than Violator

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Dit was nog wel fijn ... Niet extreem wereldschokkend of vernieuwend maar mss wel om ooit eens op ieiw te luisteren

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

I need to listen to more DM. I thought Violator was their greatest (I think I gave it a 4) but this is as good. The tracks merge into each other and it feels good. There is a sense of Joy Division type dread and the synth tones echo in your bones. Dark moody and damn good. Another 4.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Big time Holiday Club vibes Love that they just tossed Moonlight Sonata on there Route 66 is a banger of a cover Throbbing Gristle walked so these guys could jog moderately faster Sounds like someone tried to conduct the machines in a factory

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Love me some dark synth

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

Surprisingly good. My sister always loved this band whilst I have consistently ignored them! Will listen more.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

4.5. Excellent album! Great vocals and futuristic sounding music. Standouts: Never Let Me Down Again, The Things You Said, Strangelove, Behind the Wheel, I Want You Now, To Have and to Hold, Agent Orange.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

I guess I never realized that Depeche Mode was so gothy. Sure, it's still blippy-bloopy 80s synthpop. But it had a legit dark edge to it that I didn't hate. Overall, a much better experience than I expected. I guess I was in the mood for some doomcookies.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Pleasantly surprised by this one! Really enjoyed it. Stays in the library

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

The album that finally broke Depeche Mode in the US. Hints of the gorgeous darkness that would define Violator and beyond.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

I'm only familiar with Depeche Mode's "radio hits" but this is awesome! Reminds me of a lot of music that is doubling back to 80s sounds right now. Really, really good!

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

Another Depeche mode album... ok buddy. The world doesn't need to listen to this much new wave, it just doesn't. Fuck off. I've always been skeptical of this band anyway, its fans are always the sort of people that think the lyrics are inspired by great philosophers etc. That end of the music fan spectrum is full of aspies who love this shit. No doubt if I searched I'd pretty quickly find nerds commenting on "the intersectionality of Hegelian tradition reflecting the human condition" on half the tracks here. This album is ok tbh, catchy enough and it's better than the last Depeche mode album I had (2 days ago). Fair bit darker, almost sisters of mercy dark. So it gets points for that. Truth be told this album IS worthy, it's just the other one that wasn't really. 3/5.

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Wed Oct 07 2020
3

Very campy.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

1987. Key Songs: Never Let Me Down Again, Strangelove

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Plain

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Tue Dec 01 2020
3

There are a couple of songs that don't sound like Depeche Mode songs. Those are the best ones. Best track: Pimpf

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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

I enjoyed it but I think I’m gay now.

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