Saturday, August 23, 2008

669. Depeche Mode - Violator (1990)

















Track Listing

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

Review

This is definitely the best Depeche Mode album you can get, and if you can only get one this is it. And frankly it is not only because of the smash hits Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence.

It is hard to make a whole album based on synths in a pop medium without making it seem tacky in the least, but Depeche manage, they make it really good. It would have been easier to do this album in the 70s when synths still meant Kraftwerk, but after all the shit in the 80s it is truly hard.

Depeche manage to pull this one off very successfully and it feels Goth while not maudlin, Synthy while not 80s, and pop without being shit. Recommended.

Track Highlights

1. Personal Jesus
2. Enjoy The Silence
3. Waiting For The Night
4. Policy Of Truth

Final Grade

9/10

Trivia

From Wikipedia:

A 32-minute short film entitled Depeche Mode 1989-90 (If You Wanna Use Guitars, Use Guitars) and featured interviews with the band (including Alan), Daniel Miller, Flood, Fran├žois Kevorkian (who mixed the album), Anton Corbijn (who directed the music videos and did the album's photography/cover), and others. It also includes news footage from the infamous "riot" in Los Angeles which gave the band media publicity the day before Violator came out. The band were scheduled to do autographs in an LA music store, and the line reached into the 10,000's. The event had to be cancelled shortly after it began due to problems keeping the line in order. Unfortunately, the documentary lacked footage from the World Violation Tour, but did have information about it. For example, interviews regarding the soldout Dodger Stadium shows. There is also footage from Strange Too, notably clips from the music videos for "Halo" and "Clean".

Personal Jesus:

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