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Some Great Reward Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Dec 12 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002L75
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
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1. Something To Do
2. Lie To Me
3. People Are People
4. It Doesn't Matter
5. Stories Of Old
6. Somebody
7. Master And Servant
8. If You Want
9. Blasphemous Rumours

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Certified platinum by the RIAA (8/94).

Depeche Mode's lyrical content, at times impossibly contrived, is a potential source of frustration. "I don't want to start any blasphemous rumours / But I think that God's got a sick sense of humour / And when I die / I expect to find him laughing," goes the chorus of "Blasphemous Rumours," an antireligion song using attempted teenage suicide and fatal car accidents as testimonial. Lyricist Martin Gore always scores points for creative rhyming, but one gets the feeling the choice of subject matter is nearly arbitrary, that the band could write equally depressing songs about a bad hair day--and mean it. But this is the fun, and maybe even the genius, of Depeche Mode. When it comes to patent controversy, they are as self-indulgent as they wanna be. Depeche's first U.S. single, "People Are People," also contained on Some Great Reward, is no less of an eye roller than "Blasphemous Rumours," but its tone is inversely inspiring to the nihilistic picture painted by "Rumours." Two other opposites that attract, the naughty little industrial-lite, S/M-colored "Master and Servant" perfectly juxtaposes the leaning-on-the-windowsill-staring-at-the-moon love song "Somebody." --Beth Bessmer

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I think this album is one of DM's finest. It has many strong melody lines and awesome lyrics, most by M.L. Gore. He's a genius... anyway, I'll roll off the tracks for you, and give my own personal rating for each.
1.Something To Do - This song talks about boredom, and ironically is a great cure for boredom. I say bravo, 5/5.
2.Lie To Me - A great song, perhaps the strongest on the album. It has a great percussion and bass line, and classic DM lyrics by Gahan. I say 5/5.
3.People Are People - The first American single. Nothing else to say except that it could be less preachy, but it has a good percussion line. I say 4/5.
4.It Doesn't Matter - Martin, you've done it again. This song is poetic, has great synthesized background music, and much more. I say 4/5.
5.Stories of Old - This is a rocker! It seems to be kind of like "Master and Servant" in structure (maybe that's why I like it), and great lyrics by Gahan. I say 5/5.
6.Somebody - Another piece of slow poetry by Gore, and while it may be a bit naive, it holds together with good sound effects. I say 4/5.
7.Master and Servant - A song that is perhaps against indentured service? Message aside, this song is also classic DM. The high vocals by Gore: "It's a lot!" Gahan:"Like life." I say 5/5.
8.If You Want - Maybe Wilder should step aside and just let Gore write... I say 3/5.
9.Blasphemous Rumours - I wonder why this song wasn't saved for "Black Celebration." Anyway, a gloomy angst song about teenage suicide, but a really good percussion line. I say 4/5.
Well, that about sums it up: 39/45. Still a great album to own and get it now!
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Actually this ties Black Celebration for the best album ever. This is the true sound of DM. When I first started to like DM, all I had heard was, of course, their popular songs that were played on the radio. Any true fan of DM will tell you that it's the more obscure songs not often heard that are the real gems. Some great reward is full of these songs, as is almost every other DM. Not that I dislike the popular stuff, it's just that the other songs are so much better. I've heard critical remarks towards the lyrics of such songs as Blasphemous Rumours. Say what you will, but I think lyrically, it's one of the best songs I've ever heard. Martin Gore is a true musical genius. The dark sound and lyrics are so much more evident on this record. What was hinted at and foreshadowed on A Broken Frame, and to some extent, Construction Time, is in full effect on Some Great Reward. This is a great album. If you're like me, and you like DM's darker sounds, check out the Little 15 and Enjoy the Silence singles also....perfection!!
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Beth Bessmer completely misses the Blasphemous Rumours message by focussing on the anger instead of the question/message in the song. It is not anti-religious, but the age-old search for meaning. A girl spends time wasting her life away and tries to commit suicide, then finds the "right" path, becomes a devout Christian, and is promptly killed in a car accident. Martin throws out the question in anger as to why life happens this way, and feels he has the right to be pssd off.
The album is brittle and dark during the majesty of Stories of Old and Lie to Me, but gets loud and in-your face in People are People and Master and Servant. Blasphemous Rumours conveys anger and confusion; It Doesn't Matter and If You Want depict a sense of hope within hopelessness, while Somebody finds DM in the throngs of a powerful, self-effacing ballad
Overall the album winds it's way through it's self-titled theme, "The world we live in and life in general", and it does so very well and completely apart from anything else out there. In 1984, nobody was doing this stuff the way DM did, if at all, and Some Great Reward personifies their iconoclastic character.
Lie to Me and Stories of Old spearhead DM's direction forward from this album. This is a must have for any DM fan, or anyone looking for something different and pioneering.
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Yes, this is the in-between album. Martin, Dave, Alan and Andy were ready to leave the cloyingly mindless sounds of A Broken Frame and Speak and Spell, while it was quickly acknowledged that a political career along the lines of Construction Time Again was not quite the right way to go either.
Having said that, sonically we still have many of the sampled, proto-industrial elements of Construction Time Again. Some Great Reward thumps, bleeps, hisses and clicks like an army of appliances on PCP. The crashing sound of "People Are People" is of course recognizable to many, but that song has been an embarrassment to DM for some time now because of its preachiness and naivete. "Master and Servant" was meant mainly to be a thorn in the BBC's side, along the lines of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's popular song, "Relax." It is what it says it is: "disposable fun," with an irreverent edge. And of course there is "Blasphemous Rumours," a song that is either utterly depressing or just another goth anthem to listen to while you dye your hair black, depending on your point of view. It's meant to shock audiences and raise the hackles of parents and entertainment watchdogs. Mission accomplished. Fans of Nine Inch Nails (especially Pretty Hate Machine) who also like 80s music will take to this song very quickly and cherish it as their own.
But the best-known songs on Some Great Reward are not necessarily the best overall. The cynical, elegant sexuality of "Lie to Me" speaks to a maturity that fleshes itself out on later albums like Violator and Music for the Masses; this song is kind of like "Policy of Truth" before the latter even existed. It may be the best song on the album. "If You Want" is also noteworthy, with its creepy, desolate intro leading into a more danceable sound.
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