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Exciter [Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered, SACD]

Depeche Mode Audio CD
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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 (1 Oct 2007)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered, SACD
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000KN9G4I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dream On
2. Shine
3. The Sweetest Condition
4. When the Body Speaks
5. The Dead of Night
6. Lovetheme
7. Freelove
8. Comatose
9. I Feel Loved
10. Breathe
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. A Short Film: Depeche Mode 1999-2002
2. Exciter in 5.1 Sound
3. Live in Paris, October 2001
4. Easy Tiger (Full Version)
5. Dirt
6. Zenstation
7. When the Body Speaks (Acoustic)

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One of Depeche Mode's greatest strengths is also their greatest weakness. The band comes up with some of pop music's most inventive lyrics, and at the same time, they always give the impression that they'll arbitrarily sing about anything, as long as it's depressing. But on Exciter there's an autobiography in the lyrics that, for the first time, strikes a chord with skeptics and believers alike.

Singer David Gahan's battle with addiction and its horrendous pitfalls took its toll in DM's 1990s releases; Songs of Faith and Devotion failed to measure up to their groundbreaking albums of the '80s, and Ultra found songwriter Martin Gore less inspired, and a hoarse Gahan incapable of delivering his signature clear and booming vocals. Mercifully, the band has exorcised the demons and produced an album that places them squarely back on track.

The opener, "Dream On," is a close cousin to "Personal Jesus," combining earthy guitar with electrified, pulsating synths. The track's physical and metaphorical imagery poignantly relays the karmic revolution of living the fast life. The brilliant, mesmerizing monster of a tune, "The Dead of Night," swaggers with a giant, crushing industrial beat like a Nine Inch Nails song dressed in glamorous drag, while the ballads "Shine" and "Freelove" are as beautiful as the classic "Somebody" (but entirely unburdened by saccharine sentimentality).

Gore's keen ear for shimmering sonics and bellowing rhythm reinvigorates the Depeche Mode-branded synth-pop that's remained unique for the last 20 years. In all, Exciter is a stunning return to form, and a triumph by every definition. --Beth Massa

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Exciter is the tenth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released in May 2001. Exciter debuted at number nine on the UK Albums Chart and at number eight on the Billboard 200. It is the only Depeche Mode album to debut higher in the US than in the UK. Singles from Exciter were "Dream On", "I Feel Loved", "Freelove", "Goodnight Lovers".

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff 21 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Exciter is very different from previous albums which is probably why some fans don't like it, but life would be boring if DM just stayed writing the same songs in the same style of SOFAD and Ultra (even though they are great). DM don't ever really come under a music category anyway so it's impossible they can stick to one style like the pop of Violator or rock of SOFAD.
Exciter is very fresh and innovative, with brilliant vocals, lyrics and interesting effects such as the guitars in Dream On. It is definitely an album that grows on you, but the quality of the songs 'shine' through and there is so much depth in the songs that you hear more each time you listen to them.
Overall this is a brilliant album and is in no way a let down - they have shifted their style again and done it brilliantly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning, a true , up to standard, piece 19 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Got a copy of the album today and I am very impressed. I got home shut the curtains, put out the lights grabbed a beer and sat back in the dark to listen , fully focused.
First up I near had heart failure with the start of "Dream On", i thought someone was in the room with me, thats a creepy start guys, but I like the mix.
"Shine" Is a Dave Gahan vocal showcase of a song, very atmospheric, except for the middle 8 that reminds me of Retro Depeche Mode from the 80's.
"The Sweetest condition" waltzes along but is a grower with Dave and Martins voices complementing each other perfectly.
"When the body speaks" has Dave sounding weary with the world but don't let that fool you, this is a beautiful song with strings, the works. For some reason the guitar reminds me of U2 (don't ask me why).
"The dead of the night" this is the one i am still trying to get my head around, lyric-wise it is very off the wall, with a thumping beat that flows into this little tranquil lull before bursting into full on Mode again..a grower, but a strange one (Probaly end up my favourite in the future no doubt).
"Lovetheme" is just like a wee insignificant trailer, it's like an advert has come on, just a wee instrumental filler?. Tut tut boys. Or just possibly a little mood builder for the next track?.
So Moving on to "Freelove" what a song this is, Fantastic tune, superb delivery by Dave (His voice just gets better and better. This has to be a single, but then again, it's too good to be a single . Love It.
"Comatose" sees Martin taking over vocal duties and delivering a classic Mode track, darkly hypnotic and sultry, it glides along beatifully. This is an end of night song for chilling out too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, intelligent album 19 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The great thing about Depeche Mode is that they are always evolving. Exciter is a great step forward for the band and possibly their most complete record since Violator. As a band they keep on learning and the sound of Exciter is an amalgamation of all of their albums. Gahan's voice is more versatile than ever and the songs have depth, from the obvious to the complex. I Am You and Freelove are two of Martin Gore's finest compositions. It's a shame that they are remain so underrated- when there is such a dearth of quality music coming out of England to have a band who have kept up a level of sheer brilliance over 20 years is something we should all take notice of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boys say go 18 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Having listened to the samples on their website I thought this would be a curate's egg but I was pleasantly surprised - another classic album from the Basildon three.
It is slower than the previous three outings and top heavy with ballads so it won't be everyone's cup of tea. Despite the fact that there are no recognisable hits the album is quality from start to finish. The melodies are beautifully crafted and Dave has never sung better.
If I have one criticism - it is releasing Dream On as a single - it is the most tuneless track on the album. "Dead of night" made me laugh - sounds like a cross between Gary Glitter and Gary Numan. Surely they weren't being serious? Were they?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very underated album! 6 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
i have recently returned to exciter as i didn't think much of it at first and i appreciate it a lot more now. like other dm albums the style is very different. ultra is quite possibly my favourite dm album so following it would of been very hard but there hadn't been a quiet and mellow mode yet and this album fills that gap. tracks like "dream on" and "freelove" are great and "shine" is becoming one of my all time favourite dm songs. fans of brian eno and radiohead's "amnesiac" album will love this. the sound is ambient and soulful and dave gahan's vocals are more rich and soothing as ever. dm fans, please go back to it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I have loved much of DM since day one but never went as far as owning an album of theirs until Ultra, which blew me away. I guess my expectation for the follow-up (especially given the title 'Exciter')was more chunky, gutsy anthemic songs with a couple of more filmic, esoteric numbers towards the end. What I felt at the time was underwhelmed! About the only thing I liked was the cover art and I Feel Loved. The title was so mismatched with the music that followed. The whole thing felt weak, with naff lyrics and even a couple of instrumental interludes that felt like a cop out. What had happened to DM? I traded in the CD at a second-hand shop. In 2007 with the release of the entire DM catalogue of albums on SACD/DVD with 5.1 mixes and extras I decided to finally add DM to my collection in a big way with the exception of the first two albums (that I may yet investigate) and that dreadful Exciter album. Then...One night, a month ago, watching a music video show on TV, on came DM with this grunty track called I Feel Loved. How come I didn't have that in my collection? Was that the one good track I vaguely remembered off the album with the green cover? Maybe it was time to revisit Exciter? I read online reviews that shared my initial feelings towards the album but thought maybe 8 years down the track my ears would give Exciter a better reception. I'm glad I have given it another go. It's an album that you need to lay down on the lounge and listen to with your eyes closed to really get into it. Not one for listening to in the car. Now, being able to immerse yourself in the surround sound mix helps too! There is much to like on Exciter but it is like entering a movie soundtrack and taking the journey through the soundscapes that reveals the, at first, hidden or missing joys. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable to the last bit
Must have album . Superb beats - Love to just sit back and listen to this album - Just turn on the soft lights and put this on .. Peace!
Published 2 months ago by Megh55555
5.0 out of 5 stars exciter
Obviously if you like Dep. mode then this is a must. the cd is class however the live concert of this album is much better
Published 7 months ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars flawed but sophisticated
I got into the mode with the release of 'ultra'. From what I recall it was released around the time of 'adore'. Of all their music, I really like that one. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. N. J. Milton
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad album only for hardcore fans.
Terrible and boring album. It drones on and on... The lyrics are awful, 'Breathe' is a joke and on one track they try to sound like the crap U2. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kim Fowley
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of "Bjorkish" DM :-)
Yes the influence of Mark Bell can be heard on this album veeeery well. And that means to me as a result the "least DMish" DM album. To the goodness of it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jan Friedman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their very best
I don't understand some of the griping about this album.Martins writing is really strong and Dave's vocals are truly haunting and mesmerizing . Read more
Published 19 months ago by Twobird
5.0 out of 5 stars you cannot convince me it`s bad
When first released 11 years ago (2001) i admit i was disappointed because it followed after Ultra, my favourite DM record. By now i realize this is a great record. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Oostrijck
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it another go!
Listened to this when it first came out and hated it so much I never bought another DM album again! The other day I was looking for something to listen to and thought I'd give it a... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J & K
5.0 out of 5 stars Really strange blues
Listening to Exciter in full, my first reaction was, "this is a really strange blues album!". Guitars are still fairly present. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by Martin "Zing Hao"
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Gem.
I purchased this album some years ago now, over that time I have grown to like it more and more, being nearly ten years on, I think it's dated well. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by HavaBanana
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