|1. Leave In Silence|
|2. My Secret Garden|
|4. Nothing To Fear|
|5. See You|
|7. The Meaning Of Love|
|8. A Photograph Of You|
|9. Shouldn't Have Done That|
|10. The Sun And The Rainfall|
Written by Martin Gore after Vince Clarke left the band to form Yaz, Martin honed his songwriting skills quickly and penned such classics as the popular single "Leave In Silence," the album cut of which is nothing short of fantastic. "My Secret Garden," "See You," and "The Sun & The Rainfall" strongly set the stage for Gore's political and deeply personal lyrics.
Musically, dM grows tremendously and goes beyond any expectations that may have been divided with the release Clarke-heavy "Speak & Spell." Not only the above tracks, but "MSG's" excerpts and the classic instrumental "Nothing to Fear" demonstrate that dM were a band to be reckoned with.
The foundations, both lyrically and musically, that were created with this album inspired the future of Depeche Mode and was the source that initiated the hiring of Andrew Wilder into the band during this album's tour.
If you want to discover Depeche Mode and the singles albums aren't enough, start here. You won't regret it.
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.Read more ›