Depeche Mode - Violator (Classic Review)


Synth-Pop legends, Depeche Mode, have always been regarded as legends in their area with breakthrough hits in the early 80's such as Just Can't Get Enough they followed that up with just under 10 years of electro-pop indulgence that catapulted them to super stardom. However, in 1990 they ended their run in that genre and shrouded their music in darkness with minimalist production, reinforced vocals and their best tunes they've ever released. Violator is one of them albums that you just HAVE to listen to, whether you enjoy it fully or not, you can't deny it's greatness.

Martin Gore has said on numerous occasions that they completely changed their approach to this album and it worked out perfectly. Gore said they had "got into a habit of the same recording process" and ultimately they were then making the same type of music over and over, he also said "we had to remind ourselves that we are an electronic band that use guitars, not a rock band that use electronics. That's important because it's phenomenally evident that things were different on this album, the darkness of the album almost ensures that all of their releases before it are made redundant due to the complete left turn they've taken.


The album opens with World In My Eyes, a really strong start with a much slower beat and Dave Gahan's illustrious voice oozing across the track makes all of the difference. That's the thing that makes this album so powerful, Dave Gahan's voice is a low baritone and it leads to letting the album flow musically in a way that lets the album move from good to great.

Enjoy the Silence, probably one of my favourite songs of all time. It's so soothingly brilliant, with its lowkey production and yet it's still so in your face. I feel like Enjoy the Silence is one of them songs that comes around once in a lifetime and it's the sort of music that can change your outlook on music. I still remember the first time I heard it and it absolutely blew my mind, and that was only a live version, so imagine how much I enjoyed it when I listened to the CDQ version.

On vinyl the album sounds so crisp and so clear, with songs like Sweetest Perfection sounding all that much better as it's obvious that more time was spent mastering the album for vinyl and ensuring that vinyl sound that we all love. Not to mention, the sound is so deep and fulfilling. The bassline on Personal Jesus, which is already so crisp and pounding it elevates that to the forefront and I think it makes it all the better. So if you love this album as much as I do then definitely pick it up on vinyl.

9/10

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