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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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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.
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.
''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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on May 1 2012 by photomedia
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 morePublished on Oct. 26 2010 by Tyronne Mayadunne
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
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 morePublished on June 21 2004 by Nero
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 morePublished on April 16 2004 by Alan Wilder
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 morePublished on April 10 2004 by Yoram Laviv
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