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Violator [VINYL] Import

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  • Vinyl (21 Feb. 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B00008G12G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,459,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. World in My Eyes
  2. Sweetest Perfection
  3. Personal Jesus
  4. Halo
  5. Waiting for the Night
  6. Enjoy the Silence
  7. Policy of Truth
  8. Blue Dress
  9. Clean

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Format: Audio CD
I have never written a review for Amazon before, but felt that I had to after reading the last missive by someone who clearly has no idea what they are talking about. The misguided goon was obviously expecting some kind of proto-Ministry type dirge with lyrics about drug abuse set to industrial clanking. The poor lamb probably does not have an ear for anything of a pure electronic persuasion. Best stick with Slipnot, eh?

Violator was released in 1990 when house and techno were in Acsendence. Depeche Mode had been making consistant dark electro since 83's 'Construction Time Again' ( I'll concede that 'Speak and Spell' and 'A Broken Frame' are a bit thin and a little too poppy), but Violator was when they hit paydirt after not being taken seriously by the rock press for most of the prvious decade. US techno producers such as Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and the UK's own Mark Bell from LFO had all been listening intently to the Mode's music for much of the eighties and had the savvy to realise that this was a group who belonged to the great linage of electronics groups going back to Kraftwerk and continuing with Caberet Voltaire etc. The singles from this album are great pop music but beneath that lies some of the most intricate production, engineering and drum programming heard, and still sounds fresh sixteen years later. The fact that this group have influenced everyone from Bomb the Bass to Nine Inch Nails demonstrates that they were no 'bland eighties synth act'. A friend and myself were listening to 'Some Great Reward' recently and were marvelling at the drum patterns, how fresh they sounded. Violator still sounds vital, as it shows an exciting time in music when a seemingly 'mainstream' act could bear a huge influence on the dance underground.
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Format: Audio CD
Sixteen years on and this is still the landmark Depeche Mode Album. Since receiving Speak & Spell for Christmas back in 1981, Violator at last gave me the album my peers could not argue with.
I count myself fortunate to have observed the Modes stately rise in stature as it happened. I often wonder what anyone would make of them now if they just received all their albums for the first time. To some who think all their output sounds the same it must all be woefully depressing. But that is often how you might preconceive the work of any band as prolific as Depeche Mode.
However, DM have never had any great plan for world domination. The fact that they were front page NME and Q material by the time this album was released served to demonstrate the enormous fan base they had created through doing simple songs in an innovative way. This uniqueness is the only way to define a Depeche Mode song – there is simply no other contrived formula. To me, their strong lyrics coupled with a huge strata of sound images drove the emotions of my youth and nailed them to my soul.
World in my eyes is a track that provides a thumping soundtrack to every aspect of your life. Full of swagger and menace it manages to relax and antagonize in equal measure – by the end of the track you are on that headlong rush of euphoria that characterizes Alan Wilder at his finest.
Sweetest Perfection? I’m not into Martin’s more exaggerated emotional chants but this one does manage to pound itself into your affections and paves the way for SOFAD 3 years later - and what a great song to give two fingers to your average Radio 1 listener?
Personal Jesus?
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Following the success of the film and soundtrack to '101', the Mode set about its follow-up after some brief side projects (Martin Gore's covers-e.p., Wilder's Recoil project)- the 1989 single 'Personal Jesus' (later covered by Johnny Cash and Marilyn Manson - not at the same time sadly!)being the initial release and a pervy-pop song that blended the devotional and the dirty in a manner as great as Madonna's 'Like a Prayer.'
'Violator' (a deliberately Spinal Tap style title!) was the conclusion of the Mode's European outlook, the contribution of Francois Kevorkian aligned it to the electronic past of Kraftwerk and Moroder. 'World in My Eyes' (the fourth single released) opens the LP, a minimal electronic pop song that is Andy Fletcher's favourite Mode track. 'Sweetest Perfection' is the first of Martin Gore's lead vocals, blending bluesy guitar with electronics - setting the tone for 'Personal Jesus' and live favourite 'Halo' - the latter is one of Gore's greatest pop-songs and should have been a single (especially with the hilarious promo they shot found on 'Strange Too').
Following these highs we shift into the epic electronic ballad 'Waiting for the Night' which finds Gahan alone in an artificial universe until Gore supplies some harmonies: pure machine-soul.
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