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
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.