This is a pretty good album by Depeche, but at the risk of incurring the wrath of Depeche fanatics, I believe this album is highly overrated. Actually although I consider myself a Depeche Mode fan, I think the band is overrated by their fans. Even Martin Gore himself said that if God was judging them, he would give them a 7 out of 10, which I also believe is a fair estimate of the band. There are other bands like Erasure, Yazoo, Jesus and Mary chain who have produced much more consistent and great output, but don't command the adulation that Depeche Mode.
Anyway back to Black Celebration, there are a few good songs (my favorite being Question of Lust, and also Stripped and the title track). The rest of songs are decent, but nothing to go crazy about.
7 out of 10 for this album. Actually I would rank all Depeche Mode albums (except for Speak and Spell and Violator) as 7 or lower! Speak and Spell (penn'ed by the synth maestro Vince Clark) and Violator both deserve 9 out of 10.