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A Broken Frame (CD & DVD)

Depeche Mode Audio CD
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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

Product Description

Out of print in the U.S. Digitally remastered two disc (CD + PAL/Region 2 DVD) edition of the British Synthpop band's 1982 album. The CD features the 2007 digital remaster of the original album. The DVD contains a DTS 5.1 mix of the album plus bonus audio tracks and a mini-documentary on the making of the album, The album features 'The Meaning Of Love', 'See You', 'Leave In Silence' and more. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars dM's Unsung Masterpiece April 26 2004
By missed
Format:Audio CD
Yes, that's correct, "A Broken Frame" is Depeche Mode's quiet little under-rated masterpiece, a wonderful and important collection of songs that quietly helped inform Depeche Mode's career.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the negative reviews: This CD is great! April 30 2003
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Martin gets his wings Dec 23 2002
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.
Check it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise 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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1.0 out of 5 stars The Cover is the Only thing Interesting Here
I bought this album when it first came out because, as other teenagers in the early 80s, I was mezmerized by any song with a synthesizer in it. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by Tina Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars the REAL first Depeche Mode album
Sure this album has lots of cheesy, innocent synthpop jingles. It's not their best album ever. But it's interesting to listen to in the grand scheme of all that is Depeche. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Philippe Landry
5.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode's best album hands down
I can't believe the luke-warm reviews this album is getting! I think this, Depeche Mode's second album, is by far their best. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Far From A Broken Frame; This is a great album.
This second album from the famous Goth-synth pop group Depeche Mode is more than likely their least known album of their entire career. Read more
Published on June 27 2003 by Elisa Maza
3.0 out of 5 stars DM is Coming Up!
A great opening track "Leave in Silence" is a masterpiece compering to all early songs for DM. Read more
Published on May 27 2003 by Juha Ylinen
4.0 out of 5 stars The transition album.
A Broken Frame is probably Depeche Mode's least known album. It is their second album as a group and also a transition album from their boppy Speak and Spell to the dark... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by Greg Allup
3.0 out of 5 stars Honestly
I wont kid you this is my FAVORITE full-length release from DM, but its not their BEST by far. I usually recommend this release for "The Sun And The Rainfall". Read more
Published on June 8 2002 by "killingj"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
Simple and dark A Broken Frame is without a doubt an emotional journey through what has turned out to be just the beginning of a long and successful career for the band. Read more
Published on April 6 2002 by Joey
4.0 out of 5 stars My guilty pleasure cd
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... Read more
Published on March 31 2002 by Azurestrangelove
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