I remember when this album came out 16 years ago and we all went crazy for it then. The amazing thing is that it has not aged at all. Far from it, the last two years has seen quite a few bands doing covers of many of the tracks on the album and those will age well before Depeche Mode's beautiful originals.
The Mode were always best when they were dark, always most seductive when they were honest, hurt and open and here Martin Gore's pure but black laced heart is exposed for all to see. That is not to underestimate the rest of the band, because this type of genius is the result of a strict group ethic and superb production but Gore's innocence and fragility emenate throughout.
I dismissed this album as too commercial back in 1990 but it is now that I realise just what a great album it was and still is. Even the singles are as poignant today as they were then and other tracks like Clean and Halo add more depth and colour. It is the effortless ease which allows Depeche Mode to flow from dark, almost Goth rock to indie synth pop without compromising their credibility that makes them such a great act and makes Violator such a fantastic record.
Although this is probably their finest moment, their other masterpieces like Some Great Reward, Music for the Masses and Ultra should not be overlooked or unappreciated.