Following the politically motivated "Construction time again",SGR found Martin Gore exploring more personal waters, while the group were expanding and experimenting more with sound, determined never to repeat a sound twice.The industrial German bands still a strong motivator fuelling the fascination to sample anything that moved.
The album was recorded at Hansa studios in Berlin within sight of the Wall. Martin was also living there at the time and the songs written for SGR were obviously influenced by the city, as well as his growing fascination with wearing make up and dresses.
This album is a Stereo and sampling masterpiece, best appreciated with headphones The album showcases some of Martins most stunningly if simple lyrics. Some Great Reward spawned 4 singles the first of which, People are People although one of there more embarassing moments, was instrumental in breaking them into the American market in a big way. Standout tracks include, "Something to do" - a brill social statement reflecting small town angst (a la Basildon where the lads grew up) as well as "Blasphemous Rumours" the motivation for which according to Martin came from the co-incidence that during church service the first name on the prayer list would always end up dying.
I Also love the lyric on "Stories of old", simple and strong.
Martin sings two songs on the album "It doesnt matter" being my favourite and Somebody.
Highly recommended for fans of old and new. A true original as only the Modes can muster.