The tribute album is a rare and usually very ugly beast, karaoke for the famous, like watching a very bad bar band destroying some of your favourite songs whilst proclaiming that said band have " always been a huge influence on my music...", For The Masses is very different, a rare and wonderful creature that not only reinvents the mode sound but shock horror, sometimes actually improves on it. The wonderful GusGus takes "monument" to another planet, the icelandic collective manage to totally wipe the floor with the original. Else where The Smashing Pumkins highlight an often overlooked vulnerable side to Martin Gore's songwriting with an acoustic take on "Never let me down again", and from the first time you hear "Somebody" by Veruca Salt your life will never be the same again, it manages to tug on the heart strings, choking and ultimately numbing....stunning. The role call of artists on the album is testiment to the effect Depeche have had on popular music, there is simply no one else like them, if you are looking for Depeche by numbers then forget about this album, with the exception of the final two tracks the album is flawless. "For the masses" is a gem. Buy it.