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Depeche Mode Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
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1. World in My Eyes
2. Sweetest Perfection
3. Personal Jesus
4. Halo
5. Waiting For The Night
6. Enjoy The Silence
7. Policy Of Truth
8. Blue Dress
9. Clean

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Certified triple platinum by the RIAA (5/96).


Violator is Depeche Mode's most mainstream, chart-climbing album. Although it contains only nine tracks, half of them are tailor-made for the dance floor. This album was conceived when dance-club DJs were gaining recognition alongside original composers. Heavily influenced by techno-pop, the singles "Policy of Truth," "Enjoy the Silence," and "World in My Eyes" prove that DM did their homework. A particular highlight on this fantastic album is the bluesy guitar line Martin Gore lays down on top of the synth-dominated grooves on "Personal Jesus." --Beth Bessmer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Synth-Pop At Its Finest (4.5 Stars) April 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Depeche Mode has always been considered a unique band by this reviewer although admittedly I had never purchased a Depeche Mode album until very recently. ''Violator'' hasn't left my CD player since I bought it. Yes it's that good. Like most listeners, I suspect, I hadn't heard of The Mode until ''Enjoy My Silence'' hit the airwaves around 1990. Despite having released other superb records (I bought ''Music For The Masses the other day), ''Violator'' is still considered their best album by many. I still feel the need to explore more of their work before I can testament to that. Nearly 14 years after the release of ''Violator'', Depeche Mode is still regarded as one of the most creative and interesting bands of the last two decades or so and they are known for their brilliantly concert tours as well.
So why is ''Violator'' regarded as an classic album by so many music listeners? ''World In My Eyes'', ''Sweetest Perfection'', ''Personal Jesus'', ''Enjoy The Silence'', ''Policy Of Truth'' and ''Clean'' are simply great synth-pop with great hooks and ambiguous lyrics. Those offering are what makes ''Violator'' an essential buy for all music enjoyers.
My favourites:
''World In My Eyes'' is a mood-setter for the album, almost introducing the listener to a journey into the Mode's world. Its dark tone, yet danceable beat makes you wonder what you will be listening too for the next 45 minutes or so. Up next, ''The Sweetest Perfection'' starts off sounding very fervently, yet it develops into a melancholic slow-burner. I really enjoy the dreamy vibe they managed to inject into the music, making the listener almost feel ''The Sweetest Perfection''. ''Personal Jesus'' remains one of my favourite songs of all time. Despite having heard it numerous times, I still enjoy the stamping gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let Me Take You on a Trip... Jan. 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the latter half of the eighties, Depeche Mode were truly finding their voice, and the "For the Masses" tour (culminating with the Rose Bowl show which would become 101) showed that a lot of people were listening. However, although DM had a strong underground following, they had not yet had anything resembling a chart-busting album.
Violator changed all of that. Everyone and his godmother has heard "Personal Jesus" or "Enjoy the Silence" by now, songs that very quickly became iconic for the band. Even people who don't like the "Depressed Mods" will admit to an affinity for that infectiously twangy guitar riff in "Personal Jesus." Like REM's Out of Time, The Cure's Disintegration, or Metallica's Black album, Violator at once brought DM to the mainstream and became the band's definitive work.
It's easy to categorize Violator as a "dance" album, particularly since several of the songs are carried by faster beats than would be typical of Music for the Masses or Black Celebration. "World in My Eyes" is a particularly entrancing, arousing experience, perfect for getting close to someone. But to write off Violator as a sell-out "dance" album really does not do justice to these nine rich, dark, sinfully addictive tracks. The radio-friendly stuff is even better here since the album mixes are longer and more nuanced; check out the extended groove at the end of "Personal Jesus," for example, or the quiet, nightmarish interlude that follows "Enjoy the Silence." (The distorted word is "crucified," for those who care.)
More importantly, though, the tracks that did not become singles are just as strong as what you've heard on the radio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an entrance into depeche mode's dark period Jan. 18 2004
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While not a far departure from it's predacessor, Violator was a breath of fresh air for late 80's depeche mode fans. The songwriting is somewhat poetic and contains plenty of love obsessed, yet pop-rock friendly songwriting. Singer David Gahan and lyricist Martin Gore guide you on this dark exploration (almost as if you are walking on the moon, completely isolated with them) as the music flows non-indulgently through the entire album.
Disregarding the idea that this is mostly synth-pop, depeche mode can keep some driving beats when necessary. With Violator, there is a sudden and abrupt feel of caution since a sense of romanticized sin has already infected the listener.
There are some standouts, such as the phone sex of the funky "Personal Jesus"
The love / hate aspects of the jazzy "Policy of Truth" sound cool as the overshadowed guitar approaches more audibly by the end of the song.
"Enjoy the Silence," is probably my favorite on the album which builds into beats that give it a driving effort till the silence breaks.
"World in my Eyes" is a great opener that you can use your imagination with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's been violated? Nov. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
There's a certain, special word that can be used for the best recordings ever... and that is "perfect", and Violator, to my surprise, ended up being just that. Are you a dancer? A rocker? A poet? ... All of the above? Don't worry, this album does well for all three!

"World in My Eyes" sets a dark, deep and passionate mood, almost like Dark Side of the Moon (without freaking the listener out)... meanwhile, "Personal Jesus" is a catchy-yet-chilling tune about questioning one's religion. While certainly not an anti-Christian song, it encourages questioning one's beliefs, and not blindly throwing oneself into faith. Meanwhile, "Halo" and "Waiting for the Night" continue the feeling set by "World in My Eyes". Of course, all the tracks on the album could be mentioned as highlights... but that'd take away the point, wouldn't it?

Despite only having 9 tracks, Violator is just about flawless, and perhaps the best album of 1990... and one of the best of the 90s. Dance, rock... and think, think, think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a great album. Enjoy The Silence....or the music.
Published 1 month ago by B.C.
1.0 out of 5 stars arrived warped
First, the product description says '2006 UK Edition' but what I received was made in Canada, in 2007. The amazon description should be more precise. Read more
Published on May 1 2012 by photomedia
5.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode's best album
This is Depeche Mode's album. 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. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2010 by Tyronne Mayadunne
5.0 out of 5 stars makes your heart smile!
this is officially dep mode's best album,
i think along with "faith & devotion"
the best bits here are "world in my eyes" (straight down to... Read more
Published on April 26 2006 by paula b
3.0 out of 5 stars Come on this is no sweetest perfection! - 3.3 stars
This is a good album but the reviews here i think are from mostly die-hard fans who can get a little carried away. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Nero
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all been leading to this point...
This is one of the best electronic albums ever created, and the sheer re-playability of it is stunning. You listen once; good. Listen twice; better. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Alan Wilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Viloator is not only DM's best album ever but also a real classic and a must for every pop music collector. It is an album that seals DM's (... Read more
Published on April 10 2004 by Yoram Laviv
4.0 out of 5 stars better than the white album? r u retarded
whoever said this is better than the white album and dark side...holy moron....listen closer....enjoy the silence..overrated...policy of truth is better... Read more
Published on April 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Been Violated...
This may be the greatest album ever created. Every song feels like the ol' boys spent some time on it. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by "bigditz"
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Violated.
Their album prior to this may have been called "Music For The Masses", but this is the one that really made them huge. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by H3@+h
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