Some albums transcend their original genres and achieve international success that some artists can only dream of. Nirvana 'Nevermind', Arcade Fire 'Funeral', Artic Monkeys 'What People Say I Am, I Am Not' - whilst I might not like some of the ones I have just named, I can see that they exploded on a level that made them international superstars. Back in 1990, Depeche Mode released this little album after their last album 'Music For The Masses'. With this album they changed how they went into pre-production, they hooked up with producer Flood (who has worked with them on and off ever since), the rest of the band asked Martin Gore to bring less complete songs so that it could feel like a group effort, the mood was almost positive in the group and they picked the most metal album title they could think of as a joke after the level of abuse they got for the name of 'Music For The Masses'. It was all change in the DM camp and the results had ramifications around the musical world. This is regularly up there in the best album charts; it is also regularly reference by many metal artists and electronic artists as one of the best examples of how to make a record. Has it stood up to the test of time then, has it been the saviour of rock/pop or is it a case of the emperor’s new clothes?
With this album the band went darker than they had done before. When I say dark, I mean middle of the night without a candle in a coal mine dark. It was the start of a dark and apprehensive part of their career. They would make darker pieces, but this was the first that made such an impact that it was felt around the world. At the time of its release, it was the first Depeche Mode album to make the top ten in the Billboard 200 in America where it stayed for 74 weeks. It spawned four international hits and two of them have been covered by many bands ranging from gospel choirs and goth bands - "Personal Jesus" and "Enjoy The Silence".
This is a soundtrack to a breakdown of the soul for me. It is an album that is as beautiful as a broken mirror, it is damaged, depressive and haunting - and I love it! This is forty seven minutes of perfections, whilst "Personal Jesus" and "Enjoy The Silence" get all the praise it has such hidden gems as "Policy Of Truth" (my personal favourite) and "Clean" - this is just a work of art that deserves the praise that it has gained over the years. I would usually try to give some negative points at this point but I cannot find any. It is without fault and without peer in some ways. The band and producer where in tandem on this and created an album for the ages - genius.
10 out of ten - This is proof that there is a God
You can purchase one of the versions of this album from Amazon here
You can visit the Depeche Mode website here
You can listen to the album on Spotify here
Here is the official video for "Policy Of Truth"