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  • Audio CD (March 19 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002LK1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 158 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Depeche Mode, Violator, 200 of 233 reviews on Amazon with 5 stars...That says it all. Oops, make that 201 of 234 reviews.

9 songs, all individually powerful and Depeche Mode's greatest work from 1989/90. This CD is 100% all high points without any flaws at all. It's perfect!

Dramatic at times, dark and moody then uplifting, rising from the depths all within the space of a single song. Timeless classic after classic is what was written and produced on this CD.

There are so many churning or pounding bass lines running through each song. The vocals can be very haunting and seductive. Flawless electronics and grab you by the throat funky beats.

I'm more of a blues and classic rock buff but I had to cross into this genre of music to give my twist on this benchmark performance. Depeche Mode has raised the bar with this one. The music has reached a diverse audience out there and is essentially a very satisfying CD. This is musical intelligence at its best.
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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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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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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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