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Anastasis
Anastasis
Price: £10.20

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The wait is over, 13 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Anastasis (Audio CD)
Anastasis meaning (quite aptly for DCD) "resurection" in Greek, is the perfect title for this, there 8th studio album proper, after a long 15 plus years since the release of Spiritchaser.
I must admit I was a little apprehensive waiting for the release of this album, wondering how, after spending all those years apart and focusing on solo careers, they would be able to deliver a cohesive and worthy album that would live up to their back catalogue, well my fears were for nought as the result is one of superb elegance and beauty!

With nothing to prove to anyone they have made it seem effortless by combining, once again their talents as masters of instrumentation, melody and production to create a haunting sound-scape. Eight tracks in total left me wanting more but then maybe that's a good thing. Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerard repeat the tried and tested formula of taking on separate songs each, while maintaining the overall cohesion of a DCD album successfully. Brendan delivers 4 graceful songs with lyrics and Lisa 3 with one (Return of the She King) with vocals from both. Their voices have matured for the better, and the overall feeling of the album is a stunning but calm journey that will leave you contemplating and satisfied at the same time.

My only complaint besides it being a bit short is that it would have been nice to have one or two tracks that were a bit more up-tempo, but this is definitely worth getting whether you are a "die hard" fan or just discovering them for the first time.

Going to Istanbul in September to see them live where they will be playing Anastasis in its entirety - I cannot wait!!


Some Great Reward
Some Great Reward
Price: £52.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Great Depeche, 22 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Some Great Reward (Audio CD)
Following the politically motivated "Construction time again",SGR found Martin Gore exploring more personal waters, while the group were expanding and experimenting more with sound, determined never to repeat a sound twice.The industrial German bands still a strong motivator fuelling the fascination to sample anything that moved.
The album was recorded at Hansa studios in Berlin within sight of the Wall. Martin was also living there at the time and the songs written for SGR were obviously influenced by the city, as well as his growing fascination with wearing make up and dresses.
This album is a Stereo and sampling masterpiece, best appreciated with headphones The album showcases some of Martins most stunningly if simple lyrics. Some Great Reward spawned 4 singles the first of which, People are People although one of there more embarassing moments, was instrumental in breaking them into the American market in a big way. Standout tracks include, "Something to do" - a brill social statement reflecting small town angst (a la Basildon where the lads grew up) as well as "Blasphemous Rumours" the motivation for which according to Martin came from the co-incidence that during church service the first name on the prayer list would always end up dying.
I Also love the lyric on "Stories of old", simple and strong.
Martin sings two songs on the album "It doesnt matter" being my favourite and Somebody.
Highly recommended for fans of old and new. A true original as only the Modes can muster.

The remastered version is particularly worthwhile as the documentary DVD gives real insight into the recording process at Hansa Studios as well as some priceless footage of very young modes at play and work. There is also some rare footage on DVD of the "Live in Hamburg" tour. Also as with the other 5:1 surround versions of the album, you get a completely different perspective of the music, especially on tracks like Lie to Me and BR.
Not the best Mode album but one of my all time faves and certainly the best of their earlier stuff.


Celebration (Amaray Case) [DVD] (2009) [NTSC]
Celebration (Amaray Case) [DVD] (2009) [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Madonna
Price: £10.61

4.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality, 17 Jun. 2011
Yes I have to agree with other reviews regarding the quality aspect added to the fact that on trying to take out disc 2 it literally cracked in two (this has NEVER happened to any disc of mine before) which says a lot about the quality. I hope Madonna gets wind of this quality issue and comes down hard on the distributors and label for releasing such poor quality. The only reason Im giving it 4 stars is because of the content ie Madonna and the amazing body of work she has realeased.


Sounds Of The Universe
Sounds Of The Universe
Price: £9.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong, 5 May 2009
This review is from: Sounds Of The Universe (Audio CD)
I have been listening to the new album for almost 2 weeks now so have really had a chance to let my brain wrap arround SOTU and can honestly say that it is one of there best offerings since SOFAD and might even be in there top 3 (time will tell) DM albums cannot be rushed, which is probably why some of the first reviews have been so scathing as they were clearly not based on enough listens and I assume the quality was not great?
Having watched the DVD that came in the LTD Box set, there is no way that you can accuse the lads of being lazy, and the quality of the songs cannot be in question as Martin had written in excess of 20 songs which had to be cut to 10 for the album. The bonus tracks in the box set will attest to the fact that he still had quite a few quality choices.

Favourite songs at the moment include the forthcoming single Peace, as well as Corrupt and the opening In Chains - The 3 song contribution by Dave and co are also good esp Come Back and the transition from Dave to Martin songs is not noticeable in any way. This is largely due to the overall sound of the album, which has been created in large part by Martins obsession with collecting vintage keyboards and various gadgets, helping to form the universal soundscape.

Overall brilliant production and songwriting meld to form yet another top notch offering from DM!


Black Celebration: Remastered (CD & DVD)
Black Celebration: Remastered (CD & DVD)

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black is back, 4 Jun. 2007
This entire series of re releases has been great but the highlight for me has to be Black Celebration.
As most fans fave DM release, it has certainly stood the test of time and just goes to show how original the lads really were.
Gareth Jones and Daniel Miller took a long time to produce and mix the album but the end result was worth the wait as the sounds still work well and the atmosphere that was created has not been lessened by time.

Standout tracks besides the singles are the title track, as well as Fly on the windscreen which was rescued from the b side of Its called a heart, and given a shot in the arm. Also stunning are the ballads that Martin sings. The 5:1 remix, like all the other re-releases gives a completely new take on the album and sounds totally different to the CD version, a real treat for the ears esp played using DTS.

The Documentary, covering the period 1985-86 is a real bonus as it is almost an hour long compared to the other album documentaries that are about 30 mins in length. The BC docu includes some stunning and rare footage of their 86 world tour, (wouldnt it be great to have it released in its entirity on DVD, hint, hint) as well as studio footage of the making of BC and behind the scenes clips from the relevant videos.

A must buy for fans and newcomers to the band alike.


Music for the Masses [Hybrid SACD + DVD]
Music for the Masses [Hybrid SACD + DVD]
Offered by rocknsoul2013
Price: £16.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re release for the Masses, 10 May 2006
The title says it all "Music for the Masses" , named after an album Martin Gore picked up in a record store called "Music for the Millions" it was meant as a tongue in cheek, ironic statement but turned out instead to be more prollific than was intended. This was Depeche Modes breakthrough album in the United States, despite success earlier with "People are People", and culminated with the end of the subsequent tour at the Rosebowl stadium in front of some 70 000 fans (see DVD 101). The boys had certainly hit the big time!

A great album by any standards, MFTM is the pre-cursor to the more popular and slick "Violator", it is in my opinion Martins magnum opus with epic classics such as "Never let me Down" still played live today to much fanfare. Other standout single tracks including "Strange Love",(the album version is different to the single release)and "Behind the Wheel" being masterfully interwoven with a unique, textured backdrop of combined atmospheric sound and emotion thanks not only to Martins outstanding song writing and Dave's superb vocal strength but also to the inspired programming and production of Alan Wilder and Dave Bascombe, who had worked on the Tears for Fears album - Songs From The Big Chair and went on to work with Suede and Goldfrapp.

This is the first Mode Album to introduce guitar in a major way. This is not used in a conventional fashion but sampled in order to give the songs an edgier texture. Developing and growing new sounds has always been a DM staple and is used to great effect on this album. Never to outdo the song but rather to enhance it as illustrated brilliantly on "I want you now" yes yes yes!!! Martins Voice is full of emotion in this ballad (the breathing is thanks to some models as well as sampling the air being let out of an accordion bag.
Probably there best offering for new fans next to "Violator" as it shows a maturity and newness while offering commercial appeal. The tempo of MFTM is varied and never dull it takes you on a journey and demonstrates how rich and textured electronic music can be without being trite or pretentious. A further testament to the albums longevity and significance in pop music history is its inclusion in the book, "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die"

The DVD has most of the b sides and remixes as well as a very informative documentary relating to the making of the album and that time in the bands career ie 1987/88. The documentary also includes some rare TV performances and insights from all the band members and people involved in the making of MFTM. The DVD also offers a 5:1 remix of the album which sounds totally different from the CD version and well worth the listen.

Sit back and enjoy.


Bauhaus -Gotham [DVD] [2001] [NTSC]
Bauhaus -Gotham [DVD] [2001] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Peter Murphy
Price: £13.99

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nastolgia and art combined, 20 Jan. 2005
Yes they have aged somewhat and some detractors might say this is taking the nastolgia train to a station that has long since closed
I, on the other hand really enjoyed this performance and thought they handled themselves like the consumate professionals they are.
The sound is great and the choice of songs is a good mix between obvious crowd pleasers (she's in parties) and more obscure gems like fear of fear.
When comparing this with "Archive" Peter has lost some of his menacing on stage psychosis, but then again I suppose it would look a bit trite at his age. The lightbulb prop in Hollow hills is a bit OTT.His voice however, still does the songs justice.
The backstage conversations are interesting esp Daniel Ash explaining how a fan gave him his leather Jacket back after being stolen some 20 years previously.
If you were a Bauhaus fan this is definitely worth it!
"Dialogue dub now heres the rub she's acting her reaction"


101
101
Offered by HANG LOOSE Records
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DM rock with the best of them, 20 Dec. 2004
This review is from: 101 (Audio CD)
Depeche Mode are definitely a live act to be reckoned with and this is a superb example.
Nothing can quite compare to actually being at a DM concert but this comes close enough. Being from SA in the 80s this album was the next best thing. The first time I heard the record I was transfixed by emotion and awe. OK,Im waxing a bit lyrical but without being to subjective this is a strong live album.
The production is excellent and the balance between music and audience audio is perfect,creating enough live atmosphere without detracting from the songs.
Most of the hits up till "MFTM" are on this double CD as well as some great DM standards eg: "Something to do".Other strong tracks (speaking from a live point of view)for me are, "Behind the Wheel","People are People","The things you said","Black Celebration"(love the ending), and of course the single pulled from the album,"Everything Counts"(the audience singing the outro gives goosebumps).
A special album commemorating a special concert and highlight in the bands career, 101 was there final sellout concert for the Masses at the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, a mean feat for any American band, proving that these UK synthpop underdogs had what it took to rake them in. After this the band made a conscious decision not to play in such big venues as they felt (and rightly so) that they could not reach there whole audience. They did a pretty good job trying though.
A great addition to this purchase would be the DVD Docu "101"
Showing Live footage as well as behind the scenes of the tour.


A Broken Frame
A Broken Frame
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Martin leaves the nest, 20 Dec. 2004
This review is from: A Broken Frame (Audio CD)
Some people might see this album as inferior while others view it as a stopgap for Martin Gore to get his feet wet in the song writing pool. I think it is more of the latter, and for its time was an original, offering some stunning songs eg: "My Secret Garden, "Leave in Silence" and "The Sun and the Rainfall". On the other hand there are also some tracks on the bubblegum side that have subsequently lost there flavour, namely:" The meaning of Love". ABF is an historical album as it demonstrates the awesome song writing potential of Martin as well as the new sound DM would explore in an endeavour to prove they could do it without Vince Clarke, having left the band after the debut album "Speak & Spell" to form the successful though short lived "Yazoo". Vince offered the band "Only You" which they declined saying they wanted to make a clean break, the song was released by "Yazoo" and became one of there biggest hits.
An essential buy for fans that want to complete their collection although somewhat dated. Fans of DM from Violator onwards will probably not enjoy this one and find it a bit on the cheesy side.
Not there greatest but definitely worth the listen.
Check it out.


Music For The Masses
Music For The Masses
Offered by westworld-
Price: £19.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll want it Now, 20 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Music For The Masses (Audio CD)
The ironic title says it all "Music for the Masses" was meant as a tongue in cheek statement but turned out to be more prollific than was intended.
A great album by any standards with standout single tracks including "Strange Love",(the album version is different to the single release)these are interwoven masterfully with a unique, textured backdrop of sound and emotion a la Martin.
The first Mode Album to introduce guitar in a major way. This is not used in a conventional fashion but more in order to give the songs an edgier texture. Developing and growing new sounds has always been a DM staple and is used to great effect on this album. Never to outdo the song but rather to enhance it as illustrated brilliantly on "I want you now" yes yes yes!!! Martins Voice is full of emotion in this ballad (he sings 2 on the Album)
Probably there best offering for new fans next to "Violator"as it shows a maturity and newness while offering commercial appeal. The tempo of MFTM is varied and never dull it takes you on a journey in a style similar to that of a "concept album"without being trite or pretentious. The CD includes a Stunning remix of "Never let me Down" with a killer beat as well as another atmospheric Martin Gore istrumental - Agent Orange
The overall near perfect production of MFTM makes for a worthwhile investment.
Sit back and enjoy.


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