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|1. World in My Eyes|
|2. Sweetest Perfection|
|3. Personal Jesus|
|5. Waiting For The Night|
|6. Enjoy The Silence|
|7. Policy Of Truth|
|8. Blue Dress|
I count myself fortunate to have observed the Modes stately rise in stature as it happened. I often wonder what anyone would make of them now if they just received all their albums for the first time. To some who think all their output sounds the same it must all be woefully depressing. But that is often how you might preconceive the work of any band as prolific as Depeche Mode.
However, DM have never had any great plan for world domination. The fact that they were front page NME and Q material by the time this album was released served to demonstrate the enormous fan base they had created through doing simple songs in an innovative way. This uniqueness is the only way to define a Depeche Mode song – there is simply no other contrived formula. To me, their strong lyrics coupled with a huge strata of sound images drove the emotions of my youth and nailed them to my soul.
World in my eyes is a track that provides a thumping soundtrack to every aspect of your life. Full of swagger and menace it manages to relax and antagonize in equal measure – by the end of the track you are on that headlong rush of euphoria that characterizes Alan Wilder at his finest.
Sweetest Perfection? I’m not into Martin’s more exaggerated emotional chants but this one does manage to pound itself into your affections and paves the way for SOFAD 3 years later - and what a great song to give two fingers to your average Radio 1 listener?
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This is the album that made DM a global phenomenon and a force to be reckoned with. For too long they were labelled as a throwaway synth pop band. This album forced their critics to take them seriously.
Apart from the singles, the track that stands out for me is "Halo". A superb slab of electronica. As we await with baited breath for "Playing The Angel" to arrive, take time to explore "Violator". You won't be disappointed.