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For The Masses [Compilation]

Various Artists Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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1. Never Let Me Down Again - Smashing Pumpkins
2. Fly On A Windshield - God Lives Underwater
3. Enjoy The Silence - Failure
4. World In My Eyes - The Cure
5. Policy Of Truth - Dishwalla
6. Somebody - Veruca Salt
7. Everything Counts - Meat Beat Manifesto
8. Shake The Disease - Hooverphonic
9. Master And Servant - Locust
10. Shame - Self
11. Black Celebration - Monster Magnet
12. Waiting For The Night - Rabbit In The Moon
13. I Feel For You - Apollo Four Forty
14. Monument - Gus Gus
15. To Have And To Hold - Deftones
16. Stripped - Rammstein

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...[M]any tribute albums come off as cheesy and passionless--but not this surprisingly energetic tribute to Depeche Mode by mostly younger bands. -- People

Like most such albums, this tribute to Depeche Mode is deeply uneven. -- Entertainment Weekly

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss April 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am a Depeche Mode fan of the first degree, so it was only natural that I should pick up an album of covers from some pretty high-profile bands. And while there are some things for the DM fan to enjoy here, at least half of the CD is a waste of time and space.
Let's consider what was done right. The Cure and DM already have a major overlap in fan base, so I expected a good interpretation of "World in My Eyes" right off the bat. I was not disappointed; this version is more fast-paced and has almost an Arabian feel to it. Very cool and just as good as the original, in its own way. The Deftones' "To Have and to Hold" is creepy and morose, a perfect song choice to create a nexus between the bands. Chino Moreno's vocals here are less breathy than on some of his more recent albums such as White Pony, but the Deftones were still relatively new when this CD hit the shelves. I also was drawn to Gus Gus' take on "Monument", which is frankly a DM song I was not previously aware of (probably a B-side from the early days... DJs have a talent for digging up obscure early Depeche Mode stuff to show how far back their obsession really goes. Find Danny Tenaglia's remix of "I Feel Loved" for further evidence.) Between this track and their two remixes of "Only When I Lose Myself," I became a huge Gus Gus fan in no time. I like Hooverphonic's attempt at "Shake the Disease" very much, a sultry trip-hop reinvention with the same heavy heart as the original. Veruca Salt's retread of "Somebody" is not bad either, as the song already seems like it might come from a feminine perspective.
There are also some in-between efforts here that could have been so much better with just a few minor changes.
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I used to be quite the DM fan, and have heard many tributes to them, and I can say with no doubt that this is my favorite. However, most other DM tributes were pretty awful to me, so how does this stack up?
Best songs:
Failure: Enjoy the Silence. It rocks, simple as that. Takes on a heavier feel than the original which works quite well.
God Lives Underwater: Fly on the Windscreen. GLU makes no secret about their love of DM, and this song is certainly an excellent take on one of my favorite DM tunes. Funky throughout without losing the darkness of the original.
Rammsein: Stripped. I am not sure if I like this so much because it induces headbanging at a DM song or because the German accent is just so funny! It is a great hard industrial tune that induces laughter nearly every time with the unintentionally funny vocals. I wonder if David Hasselhoff brought a similar funny accent to Germany when he was a pop sensation there.
Cure: World in My Eyes. Enjoyable. Cool atmospherics throughout adds some ambience on top of a solid beat (lots of bass), which helps considering that the main keyboard riff is a little weak.
Locust: Master and Servant. A lounge cover of a DM staple. I like it and if you like loung music, you will like it as well. If you don't like lounge, you will not like it.
Deftones: To Have and To Hold. I like it. It rocks throughout with more spoken than sung (or screamed) vox. Less heavy than your average Deftones tune, but it works.
Dishwalla: Policy of Truth. A great bass line is the best part of this track. Vocals are mostly drab, but it is just kind of interesting to hear this DM classic set to a rock beat.
Meat Beat Mainfesto: Everything Counts. Hard to cover this classic, but done with a catchy beat by MBM.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very uneven but diverse and enjoyable April 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
The biggest mistake fans make is to rate covers only against the original song. The CD should not just be compared to the prior band but enjoyed on its own merits too. I admit if you've heard the song before, it's hard to enjoy a bad version of it. But, everyone agrees there are gems on this album and while they don't like the same songs, the album is a nice listening experience. Some of the songs are a little bland but still enjoyable, while a few are a bit jarring.
My personal favorites: to me these songs make the CD worthy of purchase. The track by God Lives Underwater is very dark and [sultry], with a compelling chorus. Failure's is smooth yet edgy, and The Cure gives us a dark and heavy rock song.
Good/interesting ones: Meat Beat Manifesto is a good one, with a strong beat and well blended music. Gus Gus has a funky beat and builds up slowly, paired with a far-away female voice. Monster Magnet was dark and moody, Dishwalla's Policy of Truth was smooth and easy to listen to. Rammstein's version of Stripped has an energetic, industrial feel I enjoyed. While I'm not a fan of heavy music, it was enough upbeat to enjoy. The somewhat sweet lyrics paired with heavy beat made an interesting combo.
Lacking something: Smashing Pumpkins felt a little flat compared to their normal work. The Veruca Salt track had sweet vocals but it lacked humor.
Uneven songs: Self did a playful song ruined by a terrible and sluggish chorus. Locust's Master and Servant was done to lounge music and is lacking the original's brilliant, dark edge. Rabbit in the Moon's vocals and music seemed badly paired at first. It came upbeat midway through and turned into an enjoyable song.
Not my favorites: Apollo 440 was jarring and loud, with random yelling in the background. (Maybe I don't like industrial punk enough?) Deftones had some very heavy bass guitar and felt too noisy (sorry, Deftones fans.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars You love those Rammstein vocals--they are sexy and HARD
The only song on this compilation that sends shivers up me spine is Rammstein's version of "Stripped". It is powerful, lovely, strange, and glorious. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Curt Surly
5.0 out of 5 stars God Lives Underwater
I bought this just because God Lives Underwater does an amazing job on 'FLY ON THE WINDSCREEN'. Smashing Pumpkins put me to sleep jeez! Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by froggy
3.0 out of 5 stars depeche mode=great; for the masses=tragic
I'm a big dpeche mode fan. I gave this disc a try because, well I had nothing better to spend on. There are mostly losers here, a few great tracks (Smashing Pumpkins, MeatBeat,... Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2003 by nativeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode forewer
Fantastic album, taking the brilliant old DM melodies into contenporary musical styles. Uncovering and building further on the DM mystery.
Published on Aug. 30 2003 by Petr Pistelak
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Batch
One of my favorite things about covers and tributes is when a band takes a song and adapts it to their own style rather than emulating the original band. Read more
Published on July 17 2001 by "skulliest"
3.0 out of 5 stars Mush for the Masses
I love tribute albums because they're a great way to hear the bones of a song -- sometimes a bass line becomes a guitar line, or a backing vocal comes to the front, and you hear... Read more
Published on June 23 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly limp tracks, but the good ones are REALLY good
When evaluating a band's presentation of something originally recorded by someone else, I look for a sense of passion and excitement on the part of the performers, and for... Read more
Published on April 2 2001 by Steve Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Masses of Stuff...
Depeche Mode aren't usually a band you see or hear much glorification about. But a career that has lasted almost 20 years speaks for itself, as the contributers to this tribute... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2000 by Lara Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, even for a longtime Depeche fan
The first time I heard about this album, I was unsure if I would enjoy it. After all, I had been listening to Depeche Mode since '84 and was not too sure that anyone re-making... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars These tributes prove the greatness of the original songs.
Someone said that Depeche Mode fans might not enjoy thisrecord. I consider myself a fan, and I love most of the songs onhere. Read more
Published on July 11 2000 by blandon ray
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