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Speak & Spell ~ Depeche Mode
Speak & Spell ~ Depeche Mode
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1981 was the year when synth pop really arrived and took over the UK charts. Even today Human League's "Dare" and Soft Cell's "Non Stop Erotic Cabaret" are considered to be classic synth pop albums of the early 80's. DM's "Speak & Spell" should also be included...after all DM have lasted the course much healthier than either Soft Cell or Human League.
Yes, it can sound a little dated now and really bears no resemblance to the DM we know and love today. Much of that is due to the fact that the most of the album was penned by the soon-to-depart Vince Clarke (of Yazoo and Erasure fame).
However, tracks like the singles "New Life" and… Read more
A Broken Frame ~ Depeche Mode
A Broken Frame ~ Depeche Mode
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
When Vince Clarke left DM in 1981 most people thought that was the end of the band. After all, Clarke was the main songwriter and considered to be the driving force of the band. However, Gore, Gahan and Fletcher decided to carry on and song writing duties were handed to Gore. Therefore, it's no real surprise then that "A Broken Frame" should lack consistency and sound a bit hit and miss at times. After all, this was a young Martin Gore starting to learn his trade, very much in the spotlight.
The fact that the album is more renowned for the cover (which was once labelled as one of the best photo's of the 1980's) than the tracks is telling. That said though, there are… Read more
Construction Time Again ~ Depeche Mode
Construction Time Again ~ Depeche Mode
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Marxist Synth Pop, 1 Mar 2002
Who would have thought, back in 1983, that those nicely coiffeured synth pop boys from Basildon would suddenly ditch their hummable pop tunes for a more experimental nature and lyrics that would have pleased Karl Marx. In keeping with the album's title it certainly was construction time again for Depeche Mode.
The album had been preceeded with the now classic single "Everything Counts" and to be honest, it's head and shoulders above anything else on the album. Money, business, greed and the whole Thatcher/Regan era gets a good ticking off from the Mode boys.
The fact that only two singles were ever lifted from the album kind of indicates that it was certainly not a… Read more

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