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on 29 September 2017
Not their best album, but better than most bands out there now, and then.
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on 5 December 2014
cracking album
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on 15 December 2014
exellent
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on 2 July 2015
thank you
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on 19 April 2013
Excellent old album and good extras, but was disappointed that the extras could not be played on a CD player (only available through a DVD players.
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on 18 March 2014
This is one of my favorite albums of all time i love it . i recommend this album very highly great lyrics.
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on 19 July 2017
Another searching for themselves album following on from the debut Speak and Spell. It has some deficiencies being a little slow, but invaluable acquisition to a DM fan. The remastered version certainly brings through their distinct sound, adding to the value of each track.
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on 14 March 2011
Interesting listen to see how they evolved from their bubbly happy debut with Vince Clark,

Most Mode enthusiasts tell you to start your collection from Black Celebration and beyond, but it's always interesting to see the genesis of a band. Some evolve others disintegrate, with the mode it's the former

Most people are down on this album including the band. I read an article where Martin Gore said they made this album to show they could do it. I suspect they weren't really ready after Vince Clarke's departure. So in many respects this is a debut album of the New Mode

Broken Frame has some appeal as background music, but I get the feeling that wasn't what Depeche Mode was going for with their second album. It's all nicely put together, there are some occasionally appealing synths and programmed drums, but melodically this is very weak. But hey who else was really doing this in 1982. They weren't new romantics and the weren't as robotic as Newman, Ultravox or the Leauge.

The best word to describe this album is 'transitional'. The fabled 'difficult second album' is not helped when your main songwriter quits to form Yazoo. and Eurasue and given that direction thank God the Mode stayed together and gave it a go.

There's some excellent songs on this album that stand the test of time. 'Leave In Silence' is one of the greater singles from the early years of Depeche Mode. 'See You' which was the first single written by Gore as principal songwriter is a good effort. The album contains some hidden gems like 'My Secret Garden' and 'Monument'. These songs provide evidence that Gore was up to the job of not only filling Clarke's shoes, but going beyond that and was an early indication of things to come. Think about it guys were on 20 years old. Gore once admitted that "See You" and "A Photograph of You" were written when he was just 16. And the lyrics do seem naive and a bit juvenile for some. Also, Dave's vocals are alright on these early records, but on the later records is where he truly sounds better.

To say a broken frame has no artistic growth is kind of unfair, As I have said. "Monument" in particular is kind of fascinating. Alan Wilder hadn't yet joined the band but I remember reading that he had wanted to perform that song at some of the later tours, although they've never since touched the stuff on here. You kind of can't blame them, either. Some of these songs are awful. But like an apprentice we al make mistakes

All in all it isn't earth-shattering but not all that bad in itself. An album that sees them "growing up", adopting a darker style, although not really abandoning the teenybopper pop of the debut either. Despite the departure of Vince Clarke, A Broken Frame doesn't actually sound that different from Depeche Mode's debut. It's a little bit darker, but A Broken Frame more or less follows the blueprint for bubbly synth-pop perfectly. You Cant Compare the latter mode with this stuff they are universes apart. It a bit like the Cure at their poppiest

All in al this was just a stepping stone until they could decided which way to go
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VINE VOICEon 26 February 2007
i never bought the album when it came out..i bought the 3 singles and loved and adored them..still do!!!

how does it stand up as an album as on sacd!

before i start i prefer my depeche mode with a pop sound rather than the grunge/goth/rock of later albums...all respect to those fans!

the overall sound on sacd is brilliant..crisp, clear and with the odd bit of tinkle which you miss on the regular cds...

the standout tracks are the three singles "the meaning of love" and "see you" are perfect pop songs! "see you" especially is a pop masterpeice of its time! i loved it then and i love it now! "leave in silence" was a big change from the first two singles but its a brilliant track and deserved to do much better than it did in the charts!

as to the rest of the tracks..."the sun and the rainfall" and "my secret garden" stand out and "the sun" could have been a great single!

the rest of the tracks are ok but nothing special but still good!

if you love 80s electronic music this is a must!

i havent yet listened to it in 5.1 or watched the dvd but its great value when if they had wanted to cash in on their fans they could have released the two separately! a lovely package..a great cd!
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on 6 January 2010
Depeche Mode's feet firmly on the pop ladder,
Vince Clarke gone and Martin Gore takes hold
of the lyric writing reins.
The album cover picture hints at which direction
they are planning to follow, (Full steam ahead
into their perfect storm).
Brooding masterpieces like 'Leave In Silence',
'My Secret Garden' & 'The Sun and The Rainfall'.
Politically motivated tunes like 'Monument' and
'Shouldn't Have Done That'.
Tracks like 'See You' and 'The Meaning of Love'
have a throw back to speak and spell as if the
group are pondering the moment when to cut the
ties that bind them.
If you ever wanted to witness the start of a
music group's metamorphosis from light fun pop
to something awesomely dark - Then I recommend
this gem - There's NOTHING TO FEAR (Promise!).
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