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on 17 August 2017
MISSED OUT FIRST TIME-NOW ADDED TO COLLECTION-GREAT !!!
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on 10 May 2017
Brilliant album well worth waiting for one of the very best from Depeche Mode in my very humble opinion Thank You.
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on 11 May 2017
Best DM album, together with Violator.
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on 5 June 2017
Some of my favourite songs in here.
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on 12 June 2015
good
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on 19 September 2015
Fast delivery and great album
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on 29 October 2001
Depeche Mode changed forever with the release of their classic 1986 release, Black Celebration. Keyboard virtuoso Alan Wilder has his classically-trained imprint written all over this album while Martin Gore's lyrics are as cutting as ever and David Gahan's vocals, while perhaps a little overproduced, are the icing on the Black Forest Gateau. Oh, and Andrew Fletcher probably made some very nice cups of tea.
This was also one of the first albums which took the art of sound sampling to an extreme, creating broad cinematic audio vistas and superbly sculpted thematic landscapes, with each track blending effortlessly into the next. You'll also find some of the weirdest sounds ever heard on a mainstream album, although to categorise Black Celebration as 'mainstream' would be pushing a point. That's not to say there are no great songs or tunes onboard. Every track is a classic and as different from one another as they can possibly be, but highlights must be the sweeping Here Is The House, the epic Stripped, the breakneck Question of Time, the poignant pop of New Dress, the supercharged title track and of course the live favourite, Fly On The Windscreen. However, it would be best to stick to the original version of this album, ie, the version without the bonus tracks, which are at best pretty second-rate (But Not Tonight is like something from their poppy 1982 offering A Broken Frame and thus is totally out of context with the rest of the album).
This is not an album for the faint-hearted and upon first inspection it may sound a tad, well, depressing. However, upon repeated listenings, the sheer uplifting and unnerving power of this album shines through, an album which has influenced more bands than I can care to mention here.
From here-on-in, DM were treated with a lot more respect by the music press, although it has to be said that much of their domestic fanbase lost interest while at the same time the US and Europe really began to jump onboard (although they were always a force in Europe), culminating with stadium rock-god status towards the end of the MFTM tour in 1988 and for several years thereafter.
Longtime fans differ as to what their favourite Mode album is. Violator, Songs of Faith & Devotion, Music For The Masses are all fabulous albums in their own right, but none of these can equal the sheer quality and intensity that is Black Celebration, the album that really 'made' Depeche Mode, their finest work to date and one of the finest albums of the last 15 years.
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on 26 February 2002
"Black Celebration" is the album where Depeche Mode finally came of age. The innocent synth pop of youth was suddenly engulfed in a dark perverse world of bleak atmospherics and seedy lust. The Basildon boys had given up the friday nights in local Youth Clubs for fetish clubs in Berlin.
Opening with the powerful but doom ladened "Black Celebration" the album varies between dark, intense atmospheres and minimal, stark ballads.
Tracks such as the throbbing "A Question Of Time" and politicised "New Dress" attemp to raise the tempo and are as close as the album gets to poppier moments. The sad haunting ballads are best represented by the magnificent "A Question Of Lust" and eerie "It Doesn't Matter Two".
Falling somewhere in between these tracks is the wonderfully dark brooding and intense "Stripped" and "Here Is The House" where a clock is used as the percussive back-drop.
"Black Celebration" is often rightly considered to be one of Depeche Mode's best albums. Whilst mot immediately accessible it is certainly an album that set the agenda for the rest of their career.
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on 25 March 2017
The best depeche mode album by far. Excellent production, top song writing and a deep sense of life. Still sounds current today.
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on 20 April 2017
Too much packaging and slighlty later delivery than expected..otherwise.. Very Good: as expected original and faultfree
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