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A Broken Frame (CD & DVD)
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This LP from the blossoming band is very different from their debut album from a year before but is still quite popish and lightweight in sound but the music on this album is darker than the debut "Speak & Spell" album but is a far cry from the nihilistic arena that Depeche Mode would step into a few years later after this album. It's also likely to be their least known or least popular album that they've ever put out. There are plenty of hints of the darker style that they would adapt on their following albums after the next album "Construction Time Again" but this album is far away from being like bleak & dark. Instead this album is dark more in a cloudy evening kind of sense.
The album still shows some of the Vince Clarke influences even though he was gone for a while when this album was released particularly on the popish songs "The Meaning Of Love" & "See You". Although these songs are rather popish and somewhat cheesy, they are a lot more mature than their counterparts like "New Life" and "Dreaming Of Me" (love these two songs as well) and show some dark undertones on their atmospheres. Just to make it more understandable, the album cover definitely fits the overall mood of this album, dark but not cold or bleak. In fact, the odd campiness that comprises this album makes this album so much fun to listen to.Read more ›
An essential buy for fans who want to complete there collection although somewhat dated. Fans of DM from Violator onwards will probably not enjoy this one and find it a bit on the cheesy side.
Not there greatest but definitely worth the listen.
Check it out.
To really appreciate this album, though, does require some context. Former leader Vince Clarke had just left, and the remaining three (Mr. Wilder hadn't come aboard yet) were groping around for a new musical identity. Michael Gore apparently didn't quite yet have complete confidence in the dark, brooding Goth-pop that would go on to become their trademark; there are many nods to Clarke's influence here. I find the contradictions compelling myself.
It reminds me a lot of Pink Floyd's "Saucerful Of Secrets" - Floyd had just lost Syd Barrett, and Roger Waters hadn't yet developed the songwriting muscle that would define their 70's masterpieces. It's a snapshot, a frozen moment, of a band in a fascinating state of transition.
Most recent customer reviews
didn't like monument liked 'nothing to fear.' Very imaginative album!!Get it remasteredPublished 12 months ago by marketminutdave
Yes, that's correct, "A Broken Frame" is Depeche Mode's quiet little under-rated masterpiece, a wonderful and important collection of songs that quietly helped inform... Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by missed
I bought this album when it first came out because, as other teenagers in the early 80s, I was mezmerized by any song with a synthesizer in it. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by Tina Henderson
Sure this album has lots of cheesy, innocent synthpop jingles. It's not their best album ever. But it's interesting to listen to in the grand scheme of all that is Depeche. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by Philippe Landry
I can't believe the luke-warm reviews this album is getting! I think this, Depeche Mode's second album, is by far their best. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003
This second album from the famous Goth-synth pop group Depeche Mode is more than likely their least known album of their entire career. Read morePublished on June 27 2003 by Elisa Maza
A great opening track "Leave in Silence" is a masterpiece compering to all early songs for DM. Read morePublished on May 27 2003 by Juha Ylinen
A Broken Frame is probably Depeche Mode's least known album. It is their second album as a group and also a transition album from their boppy Speak and Spell to the dark... Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by Greg Allup
I wont kid you this is my FAVORITE full-length release from DM, but its not their BEST by far. I usually recommend this release for "The Sun And The Rainfall". Read morePublished on June 8 2002
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