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Music for the Masses

Depeche Mode Audio CD
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1. Never Let Me Down Again
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6. Behind The Wheel
7. I Want You Now
8. To Have And To Hold
9. Nothing
10. Pimpf
11. Agent Orange
12. Never Let Me Down Again (Aggro Mix)
13. To Have And To Hold (Spanish Taster)
14. Pleasure, Little Treasure

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This album is a culmination of Depeche Mode's middle-period experimentation. More informed by Goth than techno, it is still anchored by plenty of the larger-than-life-baritone melodrama so distinctive of David Gahan's vocals. The most experimental track is "Pimpf"--a song that heave-hoes along with the synthesized emulation of a Russian men's choir. Although nowhere near fast enough to be danceable, the commanding "Never Let Me Down" ranks as the best single on the track, with the most hummable "Strangelove" coming in at a close second. Each song is a praiseworthy accomplishment, but the singles here set off the experimental tracks, making the album seem thematically schizophrenic. --Beth Bessmer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
MTV had been already established as mainstream, the BOSS was getting soft in the Tunnel of Love, BON JOVI were more about the hair than ever - and the British invented Alternative music. Two such post-punk groups, THE CURE and DEPECHE MODE, better than most others, were able to grasp the decade's vibrations and broadcast them back as UNBELIEVABLE MUSIC. Whereas the CURE were mostly edges, the DEPECHE MODE were mostly technopoetry.

This was the first album I ever bought as a CD - and I remember bringing it home to my new JVC HiFi, anxious to listen to the "crisp, digital sound" (little did I know that, only some years later, we would come to miss the fullness and richness of the old vinyl records). I was right to be anxious though: this was ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS - EVER!

MUSIC FOR THE MASSES is one of those rare albums that can be listened to from start to finish. No filler material here. The voices are atavisticly haunting; the keys persistently penetrating; and the lyrics stay with you for ever.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never Lets Me Down Jan. 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sandwiched chronologically between the epic gothdom of Black Celebration and the massive popular appeal of Violator, Music For The Masses sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of Depeche Mode albums. It didn't have any major stateside hits, and is not as instantly catchy as some of DM's other work. But it is no less a flawless Depeche Mode album, best appreciated by those who know the band's work intimately.
The experimental sounds DM had been flirting with throughout the eighties all show up in force on Music For The Masses. And as with Some Great Reward and Black Celebration, these songs continue to sound more organic and less like they were pounded out on your mom's Casio keyboard. (One need only compare a song as complex and hypnotizing as "Pimpf" with, for example, the twittering and bleeping "New Life." DM are a totally different band in a short span of years.) Entire songs here are created using samples -- from a choir, a guitar(!), and maybe a spoon against a glass, in addition to a few piano riffs. As with Black Celebration, frequently the songs here meld and morph into each other so that you only know where the tracks separate from one another because the CD player tells you where. The end result is an album that frequently seems more at home in the nineties than in the eighties. Much of this album seems like a predecessor to Enigma's MCMXC a.d. or The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld, albums whose composers no doubt would point to DM as inspiration for their work.
What I have grown to like best on M4tM are the songs that actually did not become singles. While "Never Let Me Down Again" soars high and pleases crowds, "Things You Said" quietly sinks into your skin like frostbite with Martin's chilling vocal delivery and the somber meandering of a few icy synth notes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Music for the Masses??? Sept. 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I first time heard Never Let Me Down Again, I loved it.
These days I am still loving it because it's one of DM's strongest and finest songs. It's really music for the masses!
Strangelove the second best track and it has a great chorus. Sacred, Nothing and some other songs are good but the rest of the album sucks. I want you is a horrible song inclusing lover's sounds ( Please Gore,do it next time privately.) Remixs are torturing songs to jails. Listen thisalbum before you buy or you can have a great disappoinment in you DM-collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist Music Standing the Test of Time Oct. 31 2007
Format:Audio CD
When initially released a couple of decades ago, I found MFTM being a rather bleak album. Even the singles were somewhat low-key arrangements of what I still thought were great tunes. The reason I bought this re-mastered version is that I have been enjoying other re-mastered DM releases and thought that maybe it was worth giving MFTM another try.

Hearing this album again proves that giving it a second chance was well worth my time. The sound of many bands from the 80s has aged poorly; one can often almost pin point which year such and such album was released given the production sound that was currently in vogue. MFTM has, however, a timeless production. This could actually be released today and by tagging another artist name to the music this could most certainly appeal to today's masses. The songs are built upon minimalist sound bites and layered with various sound effects. This may have sounded bleak in the mid 80s but today this sounds remarkably fresh.

Listening to the album in 5.1 surround sound gives even more value to the production. The low-key beats driving the songs flow in a perfect tandem with the instruments flowing all around the listener. Actually, I hardly bother listening to this any other way.

Also included is a very interesting documentary about the making of the album, the making of its cover and the subsequent promotional tour. A highlight is the final concert which certainly put them on the map in the US. One senses how much pride DM still feel of MFTM.

I have one final note. Having bought other DM re-releases from the US, I initially simply forgot that the CD version from the UK is a hybrid SACD. I thus listened first to the dts surround sound the first few times, and was impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Beautiful Romantic
I was in my early teens when my home city went crazy about Depeche Mode, and this particular album. However, I was a true metalhead at that time, and anything lighter than Slayer... Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Ilya Malafeyev
4.0 out of 5 stars Take one step back and go forward 2
Depeche Mode hit the big time here. If any album made Americans and any non-believers believe in them, this is the one. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by filterite
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection Once Again...
This ranks up there right with Some Great Reward and Black Celebration, though I don't think it is quite as good. It does, however, contain my favorite DM song ever, Little 15. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by Analog
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sirens are calling
I always thought this was, cover art and title-wise, the most cleverly artistic of all the Depeche Mode albums. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars By far, the best Depeche Mode album
It contains the autentic Depeche sound, with the gratest songs they ever created. If you never heard any song of Depeche Mode, give a try to this amazing disc, and you will not be... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2004 by Andres Cordoba
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes lets me down
I find it interesting that while Music for the Masses is such a landmark in DM's discography and touring career, it is at the same time the least listened to album of my... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by The Blue Raja
4.0 out of 5 stars For once, the album title doesn't lie!
This really is music for the masses. Although the title was intended to be tounge-in-cheek, it's on the mark. If you've seen the film '101,' you know what I'm talking about. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is a truly awesome CD from one of the best bands of all time! My absolute favorite song on here is the bizarre anthem "Never Let Me Down Again" followed by the terrifying "To... Read more
Published on June 15 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Music for the Masses?
Ok, there's two good songs that everybody like, "Strangelove" and my favourite song "Never Let Me Down Again". Read more
Published on May 26 2003 by Reijo Piippula
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