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One to remember them by...,
This review is from: Goodnight Lovers (Audio CD)
Depeche's final Exciter single Goodnight Lovers sounds like a beautiful, gospel prayer where Gahan provides one of his finest vocal performances.
Sometimes, remixes can miss the mark but the trend of top quality Exciter mixes (bar the commercial Freelove efforts) continues on what could almost be described as an EP. The isan Falling Leaf Mix has a minimalist feel with extra analogue synth layers. It is destined to be included on endless Chill Out compilations and it enhances the spiritual feel of the original track.
When The Body Speaks has been stripped bare here with a haunting acoustic mix (a lesson to the Pet Shop Boys who have tried and failed with their new acoustic sound). Extra cello arrangements are added to the mix, and again the emphasis is on the emotion in Dave's voice.
The biggest surprise on the CD single is the delightful Electronicat remix of The Dead of Night. A new deep and dirty sounding analogue bass line has been added drawing comparisons with the Human League's cover of Rock 'n' Roll, giving the track a Glam Rock appeal. Its a huge improvement on the original version and the studio wizardry applied to give a menacing effect to Dave's voice is inspired.
Mixes of quality & distinction only serve to prove how much thought and effort has gone into this CD single, and if this is the last Mode release for three years, then it is a fine one to remember them by.