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Limited edition digitally remastered 180gm vinyl LP pressing of the Electronic band's 2001 album. Features the hits 'Dream On', 'Goodnight Lovers' and more. Warner.
On Exciter, Depeche Mode have created an autobiography in the lyrics that, for the first time, strikes a chord with sceptics and believers alike. Singer David Gahan's battle with addiction and its horrendous pitfalls took its toll in their 1990s releases; Songs of Faith and Devotion failed to measure up to their groundbreaking albums of the19'80s, and Ultra found songwriter Martin Gore less inspired, and a hoarse Gahan incapable of delivering his signature clear and booming vocals. Mercifully, Depeche Mode has exorcised the demons and produced an album that places them squarely back on track. The opener, "Dream On" is a close cousin to "Personal Jesus" combining earthy guitar with electrified, pulsating synths. The track's physical and metaphorical imagery poignantly relays the karmic revolution of living the fast life. The brilliant, mesmerising monster of a tune, "The Dead of Night", swaggers with a giant, crushing industrial beat like a Nine Inch Nails song dressed in glamorous drag, while the ballads, "Shine" and "Freelove", are as beautiful as the classic "Somebody" (but entirely unburdened by saccharine sentimentality). Gore's keen ear for shimmering sonics and bellowing rhythm reinvigorate the Depeche Mode-branded synth-pop that's remained unique for the last 20 years. In all, Exciter is a stunning return to form, and a triumph by every definition. --Beth Massa
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I have all Depeche Mode albums, and Exciter is the only one that took quite some time to really grow on me. I think the problem lies in what a previous reviewer mentioned: the repetition of an assortment of clicks and little noises that, to me, can be a bit grating at times. The tracks - with a few exceptions - start to sound more or less the same sooner or later. Don't get me wrong: the songs are truly great, they grow on you; the problem is that I am not totally comfortable with the arrangements chosen to accompany the lyrics and the melodies, and this detracts a bit from my overall enjoyment of Exciter.
Bottom line: Exciter is certainly not my favorite Depeche Mode album, but I like it fine (although it took longer to grow on me than previous DM albums). I also don't think it is a step backwards for Depeche Mode. It is perfect for a quiet, relaxing listen. I am only a little uncomfortable with the arrangements, but the rest is top-notch, as usual with DM.
three of them from this one.I'm talking about "When the body speaks",
"Dream on", freelove and maybe another one.
"When the body speaks" is one of the most beutiful songs ever made, with a real sence of nearness to it with the heartbeat like drum pattern."Dream on" is a worthy little brother to "Enjoy the silence" and "freelove" have only one downside to it, the incredebly chessy lyrics - "No hide and catsh no strings attached just freelove" But overall a great song.
Overall this album has a strange mix in it's sound between the atmosfaric "I am you" and the country felling in"Breathe". That's not really a big problem but they don't really get it 100% together in this final mix in blending the songs up with one and other. My overall impression of this one is, great songs but not used to their full potentiall. Looking forward to what i've heard's gonna be the bands final album this year.../A
The sad truth is, "Exciter" is inferior to such timeless classics as "Violator" or "Music for the Masses". It doesn't even reach the high mark set by "Ultra". However, it's quite an enjoyable album with several very strong songs. Its production is different from anything the band has released before. It's very guitar-oriented and contains plenty of industrial clicks and noises. David Gahan's voice also has a different sound, not so sensual as in the 80s. Though mellow sounding, this album also develops some subconscious uneasy feeling of tension, which is due to the guitar-playing style and the background clicks. It works very well in a number of songs, but fails to produce a credible result in some other. I also got the feeling that the band tried to create an illusionary 3-dimensional soundscape of various noises, guitar string sounds and percussion. It works best in "Shine", but this effect is present in all the songs. However, you need a high-quality stereo-system in order to fully appreciate the effect.
To me, this album's feel is very introspective and intimate. Several songs are written with no drums or percussion at all. Even the harder tracks "Dream On" and "The Dead of Night" aren't aggressive.Read more ›
I was really looking forward to 'Exciter' - 'Dream On' is a fair track (but a weak single). The band was right when they said it epitomizes the album: interesting lyrics at times, but for the most part weak in comparison to previous work of the last 10 or 15 years.
As far as the structure of music is concerned, the music seems undirected (sometimes, only sometimes) - I have no idea why certain people/critics insist that this is their most acoustic album to date - I can hear a guitar here and there, but check out 'Ultra' - that had much more going on.
Comparing it with 'Ultra' is pretty much why I'm unhappy with 'Exciter' - some said Simenon's production was too much (I thought he did a fantastic job) - Bell has added a lot of background 'bleeping' effects which simply don't go with the music and don't add anything to the overall feel - 'Freelove' is the best example of this - I find it annoying (something I've never experienced with DM before)...
I could write a small thesis about 'Exciter' so I won't drag this out too much longer:
I think 'The Sweetest Condition' and 'When The Body Speaks' are some of the better tracks that DM have come out with ('Shine' and 'Breathe' also)...so the album does have merit.
'I Am You' is simply a BAD track though - maybe the worst I've ever heard from them. 'Boys Say Go!' is better than this. 'Freelove' at least had some decent ideas musically going on and lyrically it was ok. 'I Am You' is just terrible. The two instrumentals didn't help my overall impression of the album. (I'd take 'Oberkorn (It's a Small Town)' over these).Read more ›
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Like most things in life Music is about taste, expecting that a Band will repeat the same formula over and over is missing the point of creativity, The work in Exiter is superb,... Read morePublished on May 28 2009 by Hector Gull
It hurts me to do this, really, because I've forever loved DM and they got me through my teen years intact. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2006 by R. Illingworth
The cd is a great disappointment. ALL the songs are quite slow. And as a warning, when the song "Dream On" was on the radio, this song won't be the same version that is... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Jerry
I can't stand listening to this cd. Think of the potential, and they released this. If they don't want to make "innovative" material anymore or use synths, I say quit! Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by 12 Eloquent Dots
I've been a Huge fan of DM for a long time, but this is the Worst Material I've ever listen from them. Boring lyrics, Lazy Lyrics. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Ricardo
I feel bad for initially giving this album only 3 stars when, after listen ing to it multip;e times, I discovered that it is just as good as Ultra. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Sera
Although there seemed to be a small outcry from fans, Exciter doesn't really sound like a big departure for these guys. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by J. GARRATT