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A broken frame (1982) [Import]

Depeche Mode Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Groundbreaking, chart-topping electronic legends Depeche Mode return in April 2009 with their most dazzling and diverse album in decades. Sounds Of The Universe finds Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy “Fletch” Fletcher back at the top of their game after almost 30 years together. Eclectic and energised, they sound like a band reborn.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000026311
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best 4 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
When I hear this album, it really takes me back to my first concert. I went to see them at Hammersmith Odean 25th October 1982. Fantastic night which is still with me to this day. This album is a lot darker than Speak and Spell. This was to map the future direction for depeche, from poppy pop songs to a more darker serious pop song. This album just gels, it has some awesome synth sounds plus the laid back soft vocals with the odd deep harsh chords from Dave work like a dream. The sound is almost dreamy. Tracks that stand out for me are ' my secret garden', 'sun and the rainfall', 'shouldnt of done that', and the underated single,'leave in silence'. Awesome!!! You must realize how before its time this album was, but would of failed at any other time, which to me gives it its class.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The songs from this album bring back memory's to me of the early 1980's like no other 80's CD. Each track has some very powerful lyrics along with clever bass lines and wonderful melody's, and although all 10 tracks are brilliant, the most outstanding tracks from this CD are tracks (2) My Secret Garden, (7) The Meaning Of Love, and (10) The Sun And The Rainfall. I bought this album back in 1982 on vinyl, and these three tracks alone were enough to warrant me buying this on CD now.
Truly outstanding
John Lewin
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars old school depeche 11 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
This really is old school Depeche, when I was at school back in 82, boy I couldn't wait for this album. Of course I loved it then, but what about now in 2005, has it stood the test of time. After all most of the band don't look back fondly on anything before Black Celebration and that was 4 years away.
Some tracks haven't aged well, Monument,Satellite and Shouldn't have done that. Oh lets not forget The Meaning of Love, what were they thinking! But Some are still a good listen, See You, A photograph of you & Leave in silence. But what makes this album essential for old school mode fans, is The Sun & the Rainfall, a haunting beauitful song without cheese!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a perfect peice of electronic 80s pop! 26 Feb 2007
By Mr. Nathan Armstrong VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
i never bought the album when it came out..i bought the 3 singles and loved and adored them..still do!!!

how does it stand up as an album as on sacd!

before i start i prefer my depeche mode with a pop sound rather than the grunge/goth/rock of later albums...all respect to those fans!

the overall sound on sacd is brilliant..crisp, clear and with the odd bit of tinkle which you miss on the regular cds...

the standout tracks are the three singles "the meaning of love" and "see you" are perfect pop songs! "see you" especially is a pop masterpeice of its time! i loved it then and i love it now! "leave in silence" was a big change from the first two singles but its a brilliant track and deserved to do much better than it did in the charts!

as to the rest of the tracks..."the sun and the rainfall" and "my secret garden" stand out and "the sun" could have been a great single!

the rest of the tracks are ok but nothing special but still good!

if you love 80s electronic music this is a must!

i havent yet listened to it in 5.1 or watched the dvd but its great value when if they had wanted to cash in on their fans they could have released the two separately! a lovely package..a great cd!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great underrated second album 23 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Even in a back catalogue like Depeche Mode's (a band who have always gone out of their way not to repeat themselves) this album sticks out as markedly different. Having lost their former main songwriter, Vince Clarke, "A Broken Frame" was recorded as a trio, so Martin L. Gore had to prove he had enough good songs to fill an album. From their third album onwards, DeMo would flirt (and, indeed go to bed) with Industrial influences and be always on the lookout for interesting sounds to sample. Here, we find the band relying on the analogue synth sounds available to young bands. Nothing thus to distinguish them from their contemporaries? Actually, there was plenty to make this a standout album, and it all lies in Gore's songwriting and in the band's tender approach to their material.

Opener "Leave In Silence" is a lovely, sad song, so unexpected after the blue-eyed synth pop of their first album. The dreamy "My Secret Garden" treads softly, too, and "Monument"'s quirky little sounds and funny words confuse at first, then you've just got to love it.

Now, with track 4, the album seems to "get going": there's a faster, danceable tune coming up. Great chord changes, fantastic synth hook line - but no vocals! Personally, I rather dislike instrumentals, but "Noting To Fear" is just great. (I've been wondering now and then what it could have been like with Dave Gahan singing over it, but I presume the band found it good enough the way it is - and it is.)

"See You", the most successful single off the album, has lovely vocal harmonies, and is, again, so tenderly produced. "Satellite" is slow and moody again, followed by two bouncy synth pop songs. Even the rather superficial "A Photograph Of You" is a cut above most Vince Clarke compositions for DeMo.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the 5.1 surround mixes are mindblowing. 30 Dec 2006
By Mr. S. R. Dhain VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I wont go into the details of individual tracks and the merits/ demerits of the songs as only fans/ diehards will shell out for these editions. But what i will say is...it is ABSOLUTELY worth it.

The nice packaging aside, it was daniel miller himself who supervised the 5.1 mix for this, and although I get the felling some of the tracks were replicated using softsynths for some reason (either that, or the original mastering wasnt very good and too smothered in reverb), the 5.1. mixes are unbelievable and breathe new life into songs that even Ive heard hundreds of times, it really is incredible how much of a difference they make to every song; it's silly things like slight timbral variations to synth horns and such like, or even some of the backing vocals beign slightly out of tune and dava gahan's vocals sounding crisper, drier, as do all the musical parts.

the enclosed documentary is also excellent and a brilliant insight into what was a slightly tough transition phase for them. But coming back to the package as a whole, it really is worth getting if you're a fan, simply because of the 5.1 mixes alone.

Incredible nostalgia, yet new and crisp at the same time. This strange paradox works because of the strength of the songs- yes, even on this, their supposedly difficult second album- and daniel miller's original production work. An analog delight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now..... infact buy all the Depeche Albums now.
I had never listened to the early DM albums until very recently. I had everything from Violator onwards. I went to see them at Birmingham in January and they were fantastic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Kevin J. Whelan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars 80'S ERA
This is one of my favorite albums of all time i love it . i recommend this album very highly great lyrics.
Published 5 months ago by Freddy
1.0 out of 5 stars oh dear
I really tried to get into this album, but although I played it several times,
it left me feeling so disappointed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Excellent old album and good extras, but was disappointed that the extras could not be played on a CD player (only available through a DVD players.
Published 16 months ago by J. Podger
5.0 out of 5 stars HD Audio
Just technical facts for those who care about this sort of stuff:

Like many of the Depeche Mode CD+DVD releases, the music tracks on the DVD are recorded in DTS 96/24... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tash
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Depeche
A Broken Frame is an essential part of anyone's Depeche collection.This remastered version with Live tracks on the DVD
makes it good value. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2012 by Andy from Exmouth
4.0 out of 5 stars super audio doopa!
Very nice release.,all housed in a double doored digipak design,very robust & will last if not abused.2 disc set,the sacd combo & the dvd.
sacd is multichannel(5. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by Wazza Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product!!!
Nice editing of sound, excellent film production with very interesting interviews of Depeche Mode members. A very, very good product! :D
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by Patricia
3.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of their so-called 'Dark Phase'....
It's ok as an album - no one who has listened to DM albums from more recent times will be under any illusions that this is not their finest hour. Read more
Published on 9 April 2011 by Dm Blackwell
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