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For The Masses Compilation

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 4 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: A&M - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000009PNY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
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1. Never Let Me Down Again - Smashing Pumpkins
2. Fly On A Windshield - God Lives Underwater
3. Enjoy The Silence - Failure
4. World In My Eyes - The Cure
5. Policy Of Truth - Dishwalla
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
14. Monument - Gus Gus
15. To Have And To Hold - Deftones
16. Stripped - Rammstein

Product Description

Product Description

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

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Format: Audio CD
I am a Depeche Mode fan of the first degree, so it was only natural that I should pick up an album of covers from some pretty high-profile bands. And while there are some things for the DM fan to enjoy here, at least half of the CD is a waste of time and space.
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.
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By A Customer on June 23 2001
Format: Audio CD
I love tribute albums because they're a great way to hear the bones of a song -- sometimes a bass line becomes a guitar line, or a backing vocal comes to the front, and you hear things you'd missed all these years. That's what I wanted out of this album. As a teenager, I nearly wore through the vinyl of "Black Celebration" and "Construction Time Again." What did I miss?
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.
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Format: Audio CD
The biggest mistake fans make is to rate covers only against the original song. The CD should not just be compared to the prior band but enjoyed on its own merits too. I admit if you've heard the song before, it's hard to enjoy a bad version of it. But, everyone agrees there are gems on this album and while they don't like the same songs, the album is a nice listening experience. Some of the songs are a little bland but still enjoyable, while a few are a bit jarring.
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.)
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