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Violator [CD]

Depeche Mode Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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Groundbreaking, chart-topping electronic legends Depeche Mode return in April 2009 with their most dazzling and diverse album in decades. Sounds Of The Universe finds Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy “Fletch” Fletcher back at the top of their game after almost 30 years together. Eclectic and energised, they sound like a band reborn.

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B0000242AF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. World In My Eyes
2. Sweetest Perfection
3. Personal Jesus
4. Halo
5. Waiting For The Night
6. Enjoy The Silence
7. Policy Of Truth
8. Blue Dress
9. Clean

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Violator is Depeche Mode's most mainstream, chart-climbing album. Although it contains only nine tracks, half of them are tailor-made for the dance floor. This album was conceived when dance-club DJs were gaining recognition alongside original composers. Heavily influenced by techno-pop, the singles "Policy of Truth", "Enjoy the Silence" and "World in My Eyes" prove that DM did their homework. A particular highlight on this fantastic album is the bluesy guitar line Martin Gore lays down on top of the synth-dominated grooves on "Personal Jesus". -- Beth Bessmer

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DEPECHE MODE Violator (1990 UK 9-track CD album including World In My Eyes picture sleeve CDSTUMM64)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Violation! 24 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sixteen years on and this is still the landmark Depeche Mode Album. Since receiving Speak & Spell for Christmas back in 1981, Violator at last gave me the album my peers could not argue with.
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?
Personal Jesus?
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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I have never written a review for Amazon before, but felt that I had to after reading the last missive by someone who clearly has no idea what they are talking about. The misguided goon was obviously expecting some kind of proto-Ministry type dirge with lyrics about drug abuse set to industrial clanking. The poor lamb probably does not have an ear for anything of a pure electronic persuasion. Best stick with Slipnot, eh?

Violator was released in 1990 when house and techno were in Acsendence. Depeche Mode had been making consistant dark electro since 83's 'Construction Time Again' ( I'll concede that 'Speak and Spell' and 'A Broken Frame' are a bit thin and a little too poppy), but Violator was when they hit paydirt after not being taken seriously by the rock press for most of the prvious decade. US techno producers such as Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and the UK's own Mark Bell from LFO had all been listening intently to the Mode's music for much of the eighties and had the savvy to realise that this was a group who belonged to the great linage of electronics groups going back to Kraftwerk and continuing with Caberet Voltaire etc. The singles from this album are great pop music but beneath that lies some of the most intricate production, engineering and drum programming heard, and still sounds fresh sixteen years later. The fact that this group have influenced everyone from Bomb the Bass to Nine Inch Nails demonstrates that they were no 'bland eighties synth act'. A friend and myself were listening to 'Some Great Reward' recently and were marvelling at the drum patterns, how fresh they sounded. Violator still sounds vital, as it shows an exciting time in music when a seemingly 'mainstream' act could bear a huge influence on the dance underground.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic 22 Aug 2006
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, sublime 6 Oct 2005
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I suppose any artist/band will be disappointed to hear that a work they completed 15 years ago is still considered to be their best. If I was to recommend to just one DM album for the casual listener to anyone new to the band, then "Violator" would be that album. The album oozes quality from start to finish and has more hooks that a thing with lots and lots of hooks. The singles lifted from just this one album could fill over half a greatest hits for lesser talented bands. "World In My Eyes", "Policy Of Truth", "Personal Jesus" and the sublime "Enjoy The Silence" were all hits and derservedly slow. Martin Gore's songwriting has never been so perfect as on this album.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
This is my favourite mode album of all time, from world in my eyes through to track 9 clean it's pure genius.
Published 1 month ago by Gary William Riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Brilliant album , loved all the tracks except for the last one . Would definitely recommend if you are a true depeche fan.
Published 6 months ago by heidi rudd
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This made my ageing copy sound awful , very crisp sound and solid made disc compared to some of the rubbish thats produced these days, going to replace my whole mode collection... Read more
Published 8 months ago by doc
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness in one cd and one dvd
As a 90s kid, I listened DM on cassettes recorded by my mom from the radio. It was my first encounter with the band. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Georgiana Turcsanyi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
A great CD version of the original soundtrack which was on the old tape. Marvellous CD and sounds crisp and clear
Published 9 months ago by freya
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Rose
that I can be said over this album, without doubt the best album of DM, this LP has marked a change to include sampled guitars, DM with Violator began to sound different in 1990... Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. D. D. Riva
5.0 out of 5 stars Violator
"Legendary album". This is how I describe Violator. The best album of Depeche Mode, and one of my favourites. I love it :D
Published 12 months ago by Joachim Stelmach
5.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode at their very best!
This is quite possibly Depeche Mode's greatest album. Every single song is outstanding, and it includes several of my personal alltime favorite songs. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jan Patrik SahlstrÝm
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought for husband
I brought this as a gift for my husband. He was thrilled to finally have this on cd. Good buy
Published 13 months ago by Amy Blackwell-Allsop
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album!
I absolutely love this album..brings back good memories, Enjoy The Silence and Personal Jesus are two classics that everyone should know
Published 13 months ago by Tori
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