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This review is from: Counterfeit e.p (Audio CD)
Counterfeit was released in 1989 in the hiatus between Mode's Music For The Masses and the triumphant Violator and sounds a little like both. This, of course, was not Martin Gore's first foray into solo artisty: previous Mode albums are peppered with songs that are to all intents and purposes solo Gore efforts (Somebody, The Things You Said, A Question of Lust etc.) but this was the first outing for Martin under his own name.
The songs are all covers (hence the title) and were obviously carefully chosen to show off Martin's expressive voice to its best. The highlights for me are the first three tracks. Compulsion skips along merrily with a sound a little reminiscent of the melodica used in Everything Counts. In A Manner of Speaking is a beautiful song about struggling to find the right thing to say. Smile In The Crowd is a terrific slice of Mode-like misery, but utterly compelling.
Anyone who enjoys Violator era Mode will enjoy this EP.