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A superb introduction to a class act,
This review is from: The Best Of Depeche Mode Volume One (Audio CD)
Depeche Mode hold a unique place in music history - they have influenced many genres, continue to be a major influence on some of todays new breed, and have spanned nearly 3 decades producing ground breaking, innovative, yet incredibly compelling music. This collection offers little to existing followers like me, other than the outstanding new single 'Martyr', it does offer a fantastic opportunity for those new and/or curious about DM to access their back catalogue without the chronolgical sequence of the singles releases. The album offers insight into how the band has evolved from their early 'poppy' roots of 'just can't get enough' to honouring their values of continually pushing the boundaries of conventional sounding mainstream music - still very resonant in 2005's excellent 'Playing the Angel' offering.
On this album you'll find the stomping anthems of 'Personal jesus' 'Martyr' and last years 'Suffer Well', coupled with sensitive electronic gems such as 'Shake the Disease' as well as the ground breaking powerful electronica of 'Master and Servant' and 'Everything Counts'. Hits all over the place and not a substandard track anywhere - even those tracks now over 20 years old hardly sound dated. The volume one says much of their longevity and success, plus the fact that time/age/solo commitments may prevent the band fulfilling a further chronological singles album.
I strongly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys powerful, intelligent, emotive music with thought provoking lyrics (just cant get enough aside!). A real qualititive experience - no buyers regret here!