Spent force?! I don't think so! I won't deny that Alan Wilder was sadly missed by the majority of DM fans, particularly when listening to "Ultra" for the first time. However, at the end of the day, it's Martin's craftsmanship that lifts "Ultra" above albums by many other similar artists.
For me, "Ultra" contains some of the best songs of Martin's career, "Home" and "It's No Good", both singles, the melancholy "Home" In particular is a superb track, laden with it's lush string arrangements and sung beautifully by Martin with one of his tenderest vocals.
I like to give this album a little rope as it's the comeback album we never thought we'd get. After Dave's well publicised drug problems in the mid-90's' it seemed that "Songs Of Faith & Devotion" would be, at least for me, an unsatisfactory end to a remarkable career. Thankfully, I was wrong and I wait with baited breath for their eleventh album, "Playing The Angel".