Hailed as the most popular electronic band in the world, Depeche Mode celebrates its 25th anniversary with the group's first genuine ''best of'' collection (selected recordings rather than a compilation). The Best Of Volume 1 brings together 17 singles spanning 1981-2005, from ''Just Can't Get Enough,'' ''Everything Counts,'' ''Personal Jesus'' and ''Enjoy The Silence'' to the recent ''Precious,'' plus a new track, ''Martyr.'' One of music's most influential artists, Depeche Mode has sold more than 72 million records and remains one of today's most highly regarded and passionately supported groups.
By their very nature, best-of collections lend themselves to nostalgia, and Depeche Mode's instantly identifiable sound and string of pervasive, catchy singles are undoubtedly the soundtrack to many memories--memories served well by this fine collection of beautifully remastered songs. If you've heard any of the band's double-disc rereleases, you'll have an idea of just how good their remastered songs can sound. While there are some obvious omissions ("Somebody," "Policy of Truth"), compiling a career-spanning collection of Depeche Mode's best would be considered a challenge for just about anybody; and as this is Vol. 1
, it seems obvious that there's more to come. There are a couple odd choices in the mix ("See You," "New Life") and the obligatory new track ("Martyr"), but the non-chronological mix makes these classics sound fresh and better than ever. The accompanying DVD in the deluxe edition features 23 videos, including nearly every song on the CD, and a documentary--that's worth the price of admission alone. --Alan Wiley
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