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|6. Somebody - Veruca Salt|
|7. Everything Counts - Meat Beat Manifesto|
|8. Shake The Disease - Hooverphonic|
|9. Master And Servant - Locust|
|10. Shame - Self|
|11. Black Celebration - Monster Magnet|
|12. Waiting For The Night - Rabbit In The Moon|
|13. I Feel For You - Apollo Four Forty|
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Depeche Mode Tribute Album.
...[M]any tribute albums come off as cheesy and passionless--but not this surprisingly energetic tribute to Depeche Mode by mostly younger bands. -- People
Like most such albums, this tribute to Depeche Mode is deeply uneven. -- Entertainment Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
Let's consider what was done right. The Cure and DM already have a major overlap in fan base, so I expected a good interpretation of "World in My Eyes" right off the bat. I was not disappointed; this version is more fast-paced and has almost an Arabian feel to it. Very cool and just as good as the original, in its own way. The Deftones' "To Have and to Hold" is creepy and morose, a perfect song choice to create a nexus between the bands. Chino Moreno's vocals here are less breathy than on some of his more recent albums such as White Pony, but the Deftones were still relatively new when this CD hit the shelves. I also was drawn to Gus Gus' take on "Monument", which is frankly a DM song I was not previously aware of (probably a B-side from the early days... DJs have a talent for digging up obscure early Depeche Mode stuff to show how far back their obsession really goes. Find Danny Tenaglia's remix of "I Feel Loved" for further evidence.) Between this track and their two remixes of "Only When I Lose Myself," I became a huge Gus Gus fan in no time. I like Hooverphonic's attempt at "Shake the Disease" very much, a sultry trip-hop reinvention with the same heavy heart as the original. Veruca Salt's retread of "Somebody" is not bad either, as the song already seems like it might come from a feminine perspective.
There are also some in-between efforts here that could have been so much better with just a few minor changes.Read more ›
Unfortunately, I didn't find out much. Too many of these bands reworked the wrong parts of the song. In Hooverphonic's hands, the glorious, pained melody and incongruous dance beat of the original "Shake the Disease" get buried in a haze of boring half-time synth work. Dishwalla slows down "Policy of Truth" so much, it can't rouse itself even for the great chorus - you get the feeling they worked on this version for an hour and put it to bed in three takes. "Master and Servant" loses its sinister edge and becomes a kitschy, sleepy lounge act by Locust. The Smashing Pumpkins defangs "Never Let Me Down" -- there's barely a hint of the power of the original. Veruca Salt makes the fatal mistake of covering "Somebody," a song that no one else can (or should) sing with a straight face. Worse, they get the words wrong. And no one can improve on "Stripped," despite Rammstein's industrial-strength attempt.
However, some bands get it right. God Lives Underwater takes the chant of "Fly on the Windscreen" and adds a great guitar line and groovy beat while keeping the wacky harmonies that made the song so interesting. Failure twangs into "Enjoy the Silence," then sends it straight into industrial grunge, a place it's right at home. Meat Beat Manifesto freshens up "Everything Counts" instead of trying to force it its melody and lyrics into another mold.
Maybe I did learn something after all -- Depeche Mode's melodies seem so strong, but they're really delicate. A lesser band can't pull them off.
My personal favorites: to me these songs make the CD worthy of purchase. The track by God Lives Underwater is very dark and [sultry], with a compelling chorus. Failure's is smooth yet edgy, and The Cure gives us a dark and heavy rock song.
Good/interesting ones: Meat Beat Manifesto is a good one, with a strong beat and well blended music. Gus Gus has a funky beat and builds up slowly, paired with a far-away female voice. Monster Magnet was dark and moody, Dishwalla's Policy of Truth was smooth and easy to listen to. Rammstein's version of Stripped has an energetic, industrial feel I enjoyed. While I'm not a fan of heavy music, it was enough upbeat to enjoy. The somewhat sweet lyrics paired with heavy beat made an interesting combo.
Lacking something: Smashing Pumpkins felt a little flat compared to their normal work. The Veruca Salt track had sweet vocals but it lacked humor.
Uneven songs: Self did a playful song ruined by a terrible and sluggish chorus. Locust's Master and Servant was done to lounge music and is lacking the original's brilliant, dark edge. Rabbit in the Moon's vocals and music seemed badly paired at first. It came upbeat midway through and turned into an enjoyable song.
Not my favorites: Apollo 440 was jarring and loud, with random yelling in the background. (Maybe I don't like industrial punk enough?) Deftones had some very heavy bass guitar and felt too noisy (sorry, Deftones fans.)
Most recent customer reviews
The only song on this compilation that sends shivers up me spine is Rammstein's version of "Stripped". It is powerful, lovely, strange, and glorious. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Curt Surly
I bought this just because God Lives Underwater does an amazing job on 'FLY ON THE WINDSCREEN'. Smashing Pumpkins put me to sleep jeez! Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by froggy
I'm a big dpeche mode fan. I gave this disc a try because, well I had nothing better to spend on. There are mostly losers here, a few great tracks (Smashing Pumpkins, MeatBeat,... Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by nativeson
Fantastic album, taking the brilliant old DM melodies into contenporary musical styles. Uncovering and building further on the DM mystery.Published on Aug. 30 2003 by Petr Pistelak
I used to be quite the DM fan, and have heard many tributes to them, and I can say with no doubt that this is my favorite. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2003
One of my favorite things about covers and tributes is when a band takes a song and adapts it to their own style rather than emulating the original band. Read morePublished on July 17 2001
When evaluating a band's presentation of something originally recorded by someone else, I look for a sense of passion and excitement on the part of the performers, and for... Read morePublished on April 2 2001 by Steve Miller
Depeche Mode aren't usually a band you see or hear much glorification about. But a career that has lasted almost 20 years speaks for itself, as the contributers to this tribute... Read morePublished on Dec 13 2000 by Lara Bailey
The first time I heard about this album, I was unsure if I would enjoy it. After all, I had been listening to Depeche Mode since '84 and was not too sure that anyone re-making... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2000
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