Posted by: markfender | November 20, 2012

Headphone Diaries – March 19, 1990

It’s time for a Black Celebration. Because Depeche Mode came out with an album.

Depeche Mode

This is probably Depeche Mode’s best album and unarguably their biggest selling album. I don’t recall it setting the world on fire when it came out, but it received steady play for about a year from people into that sort of thing.

This was the 1st CD I ever purchased (tied with Ministry’s The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste). Granted, it was a few years after it had come out but, having only heard the radio releases up until that point, I was excited to hear the rest of the album. I started listening to Depeche Mode with Music for the Masses. Violator definitely felt like a progression in their style.

Unfortunately, with the success of the guitar-fueld “Personal Jesus,” the band went for a more guitar-driven sound on the followup Songs of Faith and Devotion. It has some passable songs, but wasn’t their best effort. With the loss of Alan Wilder, I’ve found their more recent stuff not up to the same standards as previous albums. Still, they’re a great band with an extensive back catalog of hits.

Plus, chicks love them.

Has it aged well? Violator has aged extremely well. Earlier songs like “People are People” sound a little too 80s but you kind of have to expect that with such a synthesizer-driven band.

Should this go on your iPod? Absolutely. The essential Depeche Mode consists of three albums: Black Celebration, Music for the Masses, and Violator. All three should have a place on your iPod. Bonus points for including Some Great Reward, even if only ever other track is good on that one.


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