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A Broken Frame (CD & DVD)

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 10 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000HIVQ8U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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1. Leave In Silence
2. My Secret Garden
3. Monument
4. Nothing To Fear
5. See You
6. Satellite
7. The Meaning Of Love
8. A Photograph Of You
9. Shouldn't Have Done That
10. The Sun And The Rainfall

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Format: Audio CD
Depeche Mode's second outing entitled "A Broken Frame" is far away from being 'a broken frame'. In fact, I have to say that this is an absolutely fabulous album. It's also likely to be their least known and least accessible album that they've ever put out.
This LP from the blossoming band is very different from their debut album from a year before but is still quite popish and lightweight in sound but the music on this album is darker than the debut "Speak & Spell" album but is a far cry from the nihilistic arena that Depeche Mode would step into a few years later after this album. It's also likely to be their least known or least popular album that they've ever put out. There are plenty of hints of the darker style that they would adapt on their following albums after the next album "Construction Time Again" but this album is far away from being like bleak & dark. Instead this album is dark more in a cloudy evening kind of sense.
The album still shows some of the Vince Clarke influences even though he was gone for a while when this album was released particularly on the popish songs "The Meaning Of Love" & "See You". Although these songs are rather popish and somewhat cheesy, they are a lot more mature than their counterparts like "New Life" and "Dreaming Of Me" (love these two songs as well) and show some dark undertones on their atmospheres. Just to make it more understandable, the album cover definitely fits the overall mood of this album, dark but not cold or bleak. In fact, the odd campiness that comprises this album makes this album so much fun to listen to.
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Format: Audio CD
Some people might see this album as inferior while others view it as a stopgap for Martin Gore to get his feet wet in the songwriting pool. I think it is more of the latter, and for its time was an original, offering some stunning songs eg: "My Secret Garden and "The Sun and the Rainfall".On the other hand there are also some tracks on the bubblegum side that have susequently lost there flavour, namely:"The meaning of Love". ABF is an historical album as it demonstrates the awesome song writing potential of Martin as well as the new sound DM would explore in an endevour to prove they could do it without Vince Clarke, having left the band after the debut album "Speak & Spell" to form the successful though short lived "Yazoo".Vince offered the band "Only You" which they declined saying they wanted to make a clean break, the song was released by "Yazoo" and became one of there biggest hits.
An essential buy for fans who want to complete there collection although somewhat dated. Fans of DM from Violator onwards will probably not enjoy this one and find it a bit on the cheesy side.
Not there greatest but definitely worth the listen.
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By M. Hilton on April 17 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'd heard the conventional wisdom that this was DM's weakest album, and I only bought it to help complete my collection. I was quite surprised at how much it entertained me, and reminded me that DM is one of those bands whose worst is better than many bands' best.
To really appreciate this album, though, does require some context. Former leader Vince Clarke had just left, and the remaining three (Mr. Wilder hadn't come aboard yet) were groping around for a new musical identity. Michael Gore apparently didn't quite yet have complete confidence in the dark, brooding Goth-pop that would go on to become their trademark; there are many nods to Clarke's influence here. I find the contradictions compelling myself.
It reminds me a lot of Pink Floyd's "Saucerful Of Secrets" - Floyd had just lost Syd Barrett, and Roger Waters hadn't yet developed the songwriting muscle that would define their 70's masterpieces. It's a snapshot, a frozen moment, of a band in a fascinating state of transition.
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I must admit that when I got this cd, I really laughed pretty hard. It was hilarious. The sound on this cd is that of a very primitive DM but it WAS 1981 when this cd came out so the technology has most likely made many advancements in terms of keybourds and synthesizers but you must also remember that this is technically, DM's first album since the "Construction time again" was under the heavy influence of founding member Vince Clarke who left the band in 1981. It really IS hilarious to listen to this cd; especially being familiar with the current synth pop sounds and all of the later DM sounds that are far more complex than this. Most of the songs are quite simple and short and even the lyrics are a bit amusing because of their simplicity( My fell down.-a lyric from "Monument" ). But, even after all this being said, I found myself also laughing over the fact that as ridiculus as this cd sounds, it is quite enjoyable. It's the kind of music that you would secretly listen to in your bedroom at night and immensely enjoy but never admit to anyone that you actually like. Most of the songs are very addictive once you free yourself from the fact that this ISN'T 1981 and that this kind of sound isn't exactly popular among the current generation ( which I am condemned to call myself a part of ). One unique accomplishment for this album though is actually one of it's instrumentals. I am not particularly fond of DM instrumentals because without that signature voice of Dave or Martin, a lot of the DM sound is lost. But "Nothing to Fear"; an instrumental track is quite possibly the best song on the album but I wont go that far because if I do say that you might think that the other songs on the cd must not be very good then. That isn't the case here.Read more ›
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