The premise of this book is a little shaky especially given that the blurb focuses on Gahan as an enigmatic figure and who arguably overshadows the rest of the band- something he only really did on a personal basis in the "junkie" years. While Gahans role in the band is untenable and can't be underestimated- his story as a performer is largely inseparable from the band itself. The claim of Gahan as an enigma is not played out significantly and a questionable proposition on this evidence- a slightly cynical attempt at differentiation in the title from what could easily have been titled as a Depeche biog. Steve Malin's Stripped biog about the band is a better read and covers much of what's contained although Baker is more extensive in his research to a commendable level- albeit with a fairly simplistic and clunky writing style. Just about a decent read but a slightly misleading title.
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