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After 30 years of working on their respective ongoing music projects, Vince Clarke (Erasure/Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) have come together for the first time since 1981 as VCMG to release their brand new album, Ssss.

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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B006XABLAE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Spock 5:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Windup Robot 5:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bendy Bass 6:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Single Blip 5:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Skip This Track 5:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Aftermaths 6:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Recycle 6:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Flux 5:170.99  Buy MP3 

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By joefromlondon on 3 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
The novelty of VC and MG combining to produce a techno album was bound to get me to part with my money. The funny thing is, they didn't meet or even talk while making the album - which sounds rather like the recording of the second Yazoo album. Vince has always been a great collaborator - especially for someone who is notoriously prickly - think The Assembly, Yazoo, Erasure, that thing with Martyn Ware. But don't think about those examples too long, because this isn't like them at all. SSSS, named for the sound of hissy electronics favoured by Vince, is exactly what you want to hear at 2am in a club when you are wanting to feel the music as much as hear it. It is all 4/4 bass drums, sequencers set to stun, slow build-ups and heavy duty breaks. Martin doesn't sing. He doesn't wear a black dress (well, he might have, but it isn't on display here). It's as unlikely an album as you will buy this year, and one of the most likeable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2012
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Improbably, this collaboration between half of Depeche Mode's 1981 lineup - the effortless popstrel Vince Clarke whose every release has been, incessant, almost oppressively cheerful and the latter, naunced king of mild bondage miserabilism Martin Gore - take a brief break from their day jobs in respectively Erasure and Depeche Mode, to explore a silent first love.

Both of them have, in their ways, explored the power of technology over the past three decades : Vince drawn always to the brighter, sunshine of analog synths, easily creating delicate structures of jauty, fast paced, and melodic pop where it always April 1984. Gore, on the other hand, gave the world such feelgood tunes as "Shake The Disease", "It's No Good", and "Enjoy The Silence", melding an immaculate production with a fetish for minor keys and chords, and vocals that try to make a disco out of an existential crisis. So... what you might expect with VCMG is an almost of literate, retro-futurist, morbid pop? No such luck.

Immaculately produced, VCMG is a dense hour of electronic exploration : the material - 10 or so pieces of instrumental motifs - created by email and from thousands of miles apart, sounds like a determined single entity. The undulating tones and rhythms could be a particularly fond return to form from a mid-range electronic outfit that makes a small living.

The pounding, slightly threatening "Lowly" begins the album : like all of this, made on old-fashioned, customised synthsets, tweaked and bent, with longstanding, elegant melody lines and immaculate rhythms, it sounds like the unholy, lovely union of two very different minds, with jaunty drums and melancholy strings, and a joy through repetition that only repeated exposure can bring.

"Spock" is utter Depeche Mode.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. LEWIS on 29 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
I agree with one of the reviewers who said they yearned for some vocals on first listen (Although, I'm not sure Dave Gahan's voice would go with the music). It does initially come across as a bit samey but after a few listens, it almost blends into a continuous piece of music, like a really uptempo Tangerine Dream remixed by Underworld. Although I bought the album because it was Vince and Martin, I've not let their baggage affect my view - it doesn't sound much like anything either of them has done before and good on them for stepping out of their safety zone. It's a fun album, great to listen to and very danceable.

I'm guessing you'd call it "techno" and other reviewers have complained about it being samey and like other "techno" artists but so what? I've listen to a lot of techno over the years and find a lot of it very identikit and lacking in any real personality. Listen to some compilation mix albums and it's hard to tell where ends and begins.

So, ignore the fact it doesn't sound like DM or Erasure and enjoy it on its own merits, it's worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. Milton on 21 Mar 2013
Format: Audio CD
I've been to a lot of clubs. I know what works on a floor. This is head down four am techno. Yes, it's repetitive, but that's the point, it's so you can get in the zone. This sort of music is all about texture and deepening levels of consciousness - getting bugged out on a freaky sound effect. This is quality throughout. Well produced from start to finish - you can tell they have some good equipment. I'd love to hear it on a thunder ridge sound system. It reminds me in places of Richie Hawtin. Yes, some of the sounds are a little retro, but it feels self referrential, like a nod to their haydays. Hawtin often throws in such sounds into his sets. On the flipside, some of the other grooves are bang up to date. Damn good going for some old boys! It would be even better if it was mixed. Stand out tracks are 'Bendy Bass' and the ironically titled 'Skip this track'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mel on 7 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
The collaboration of Martin gore and Vince Clarke is stunning. The evolution of the depth of electronic music makes me wonder what these two would have done together for the last 30 years after Speak & Spell.
Get this cd, you won't be disappointed ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DerbyRob on 7 Feb 2013
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I love Depeche Mode and found this album to be a major departure from them. However, there is a real texture to the sound and is worth persevering with as it gets better with more listens. Sophisticated, unusual and layered. Like a fine wine, not to be rushed but worth savouring.
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