|1. Dream On|
|3. The Sweetest Condition|
|4. When The Body Speaks|
|5. The Dead of Night|
|9. I Feel Loved|
|11. Easy Tiger|
|12. I Am You|
|13. Goodnight Lovers|
I have all Depeche Mode albums, and Exciter is the only one that took quite some time to really grow on me. I think the problem lies in what a previous reviewer mentioned: the repetition of an assortment of clicks and little noises that, to me, can be a bit grating at times. The tracks - with a few exceptions - start to sound more or less the same sooner or later. Don't get me wrong: the songs are truly great, they grow on you; the problem is that I am not totally comfortable with the arrangements chosen to accompany the lyrics and the melodies, and this detracts a bit from my overall enjoyment of Exciter.
Bottom line: Exciter is certainly not my favorite Depeche Mode album, but I like it fine (although it took longer to grow on me than previous DM albums). I also don't think it is a step backwards for Depeche Mode. It is perfect for a quiet, relaxing listen. I am only a little uncomfortable with the arrangements, but the rest is top-notch, as usual with DM.
The sad truth is, "Exciter" is inferior to such timeless classics as "Violator" or "Music for the Masses". It doesn't even reach the high mark set by "Ultra". However, it's quite an enjoyable album with several very strong songs. Its production is different from anything the band has released before. It's very guitar-oriented and contains plenty of industrial clicks and noises. David Gahan's voice also has a different sound, not so sensual as in the 80s. Though mellow sounding, this album also develops some subconscious uneasy feeling of tension, which is due to the guitar-playing style and the background clicks. It works very well in a number of songs, but fails to produce a credible result in some other. I also got the feeling that the band tried to create an illusionary 3-dimensional soundscape of various noises, guitar string sounds and percussion. It works best in "Shine", but this effect is present in all the songs. However, you need a high-quality stereo-system in order to fully appreciate the effect.
To me, this album's feel is very introspective and intimate. Several songs are written with no drums or percussion at all. Even the harder tracks "Dream On" and "The Dead of Night" aren't aggressive.Read more ›