- Audio CD (2 Jun. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Mute
- ASIN: B00009IC1U
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Paper Monsters (Ltd. ed.)
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Paper Monsters marks the solo debut of Dave Gahan, frontman of Depeche Mode and a hedonist of some distinction. It's been a long time coming, so you'd expect the album to be brimming with ideas, messy even, a testament to Gahan's frustration at having to sing Vince Clarke and Martin Gore's songs for all this time while his own were filed away for future use. Yet strangely it's wholly consistent, not the wild work of someone newly liberated, as if Gahan had written it in one go rather than utilising the best of 20 years' worth of unrecorded tunes.
There are basically three types of track here: There's powerful, Depeche-style glam ("Dirty Sticky Floors", "Bottle Living"), quiet urban mood-music ("A Little Piece", "Bitter Apple", "Stay") and rumbling industrial atmospherics, usually rising to an impressive crescendo ("Black and Blue Again", "Hidden Houses", "Goodbye"). Lyrically speaking, it's autobiographical, dealing with Gahan's trouble with relationships and intoxicants and, though it lacks Gore's sense of drama and perversity, it does have a maudlin charm. Occasionally it becomes samey in mood, needing a touch of Gore's pervy spice, but all in all Gahan, along with co-writer and performer Knox Chandler, does a fine and tasteful job. Hopefully Paper Monsters will give him the confidence to really let rip. --Dominic Wills
Top Customer Reviews
The energetic 'Dirty Sticky Floors' opens up this storybook of an album, presenting to us a different side of Dave we have longed to see - a side that has broken free from the wildchild we all knew from Depeche Mode. Indeed, the feelings are ever present in his lyrics - 'Ask me what I want/Easy, that's just more/How long will I wait for you?/Twice as long as I did before' - this presenting his more relaxed and optimistic outlook on companionship and life. Then again, this message is virtually omnipresent throughout the album.
Emotions galore, the album remains a marvel, from the powerful guitar crescendos of 'Bottle Living' to the mystifying and maudlin sounds of 'Stay', 'Goodbye' and 'Black And Blue Again, and finally to the subtle and mellow sounds of 'I Need You' and 'A Little Piece'. The album is a tour de force in its own right artistically as Gahan is able to mobilise his own emotions through song and present an eclectic blend of rock, synth, deep strings and vocal harmonies that bring out the best in a rock artist.Read more ›
WRONG - This for me is a real improvement on Modes last album ..the opener Dirty Sticky Floors is a real stomper - with trace elements of mode's rockier sound in the background. I was surprised at the variety of sounds on this album - quiet mood music - plus some stormers - including the personal jesus style "Bottle Living ". My favs are the mentioned plus Hidden Houses which is fantastic. Overall this album grows with each listen....roll on his follow up !!!
Of course, like many DM fans I felt obliged to buy this album - to say it's Brilliant is a gross understatement. When I'm not playing the album I have 'I need you', 'bottle living' and 'Dirty Sticky floors' in my head, driving me to distraction.
Dave - I'm addicted, I'm aching for the next album....I NEED MORE!!! Whatever you do, Don't stop - you're too good.
I tucked my walkman into my pocket, set my earphones and off i went for a midnight walk. I've now listened to the album 3 times over and it's not even 24 hours after buying it!
Gahan really can do it without Depeche Mode, though Mode it may not be, Gahans voice cannot be mistaken for another. It's pretty obvious that he's drawn on personal experience for his lyrics and that adds to the way in which the songs draw you in.
Well done Dave!
The album grows on you each time you hear it and there are several tracks that really show the strength of Dave's awesome voice. There are even some bitter/sweet tracks such as Black and Blue Again and Bottle Living that would not be out of place on a DM album.
And the new single Dirty Stick Floors made top 20, which isn't bad for someone who has just discovered that he can be creative! Come on Martin - give it a go!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Im a BIG DM-fan for 26 years. Gotta have this in my Collection. Thx.Published 17 months ago by Michelle Faith Moonflowers
Great album glad got it been after for a long time was in two minds to get glad I did now wish I got it when 1st come outPublished 20 months ago by STEVEN CLAYTON
Big Depeche Mode fan, also a huge death and black metal fan, goes to show tastes can vary doesn't it? Read morePublished on 23 April 2014 by El Diablo
To be fair I only recently purchased this CD on a whim. I should really stop doing that.
The wanna be iconic front man of Depeche Mode, Dave Gahan has lived the... Read more
I gave Dave Gahan's two solo albums a listen (this and the follow-up 'Hourglass'), having recently got back into DM via their excellent recent release 'Sounds Of THe Universe') and... Read morePublished on 7 July 2009 by Jellybean
Buy this for its fascination rather than expecting a killer Depeche Mode album. It does however, contain some nice surprises- such as the beautiful Bitter Apple which has a... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2007 by A Reader