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Some Great Reward | Music for the Masses

Some Great Reward (Reviewed by DarkWave):

This album will always have a special place in my heart. Some great Reward is the first Depeche Mode that I bought, DM then became my favorite band of all-time and they still are. Songs on this album are so great that I don't know how to say it, it's beyond words. It is also a very important album in Depeche Mode's career, the Vince Clarke era was over and they were finaly starting to have a song of their own. Songs like "Blasphemous Rumours" were very antireligion and at the time it was very weird those kind of lyrics on the radio,
"I don't want to start any blasphemous rumours / But I think that God's got a sick sense of humour / And when I die / I expect to find him laughing"

I lOVE this album, all the tracks, everything about it.

1. Something To Do
2. Lie To Me
3. People Are People
4. It Doesn't Matter
5. Stories Of Old
6. Somebody
7. Master And Servant
8. If You Want
9. Blasphemous Rumours

Response to this review by Iluvthe80s): This is my favorite Depeche Mode album. All the songs on it are great.
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Music for the Masses (Reviewed by NewRomantic):

Depeche Mode.

Music For The Masses.

Track Listing:

1. Never Let Me Down Again
2. The Things You Said
3. Strangelove
4. Sacred
5. Little 15
6. Behind The Wheel
7. I Want You Now
8. To Have And o Hold
9. Nothing
10. PimpF

Released in 1986, Music For The Masses is, in my respectful submission, one of Depeche Mode's finest musical moments. Dave Gahan's deep voice coupled with Martin Gore's songwriting talents are a recipie for musical pleasure. And this won't leave a bad taste in your mouth, providing that mid '80's English synth bands are to your liking.

The sound is fuller from the earlier albums but still highly melodic. The perfect segue from "Never Let Me Down" to "The Things You Said" keeps the listener interested even if it is just a keyboard wind sample. There is something a little haunting about "Little 15". "Behind The Wheel" again visits the submissive sexual lyrics apparant in many DM tracks ('...My little girl, drive anywhere. Do what you want. I don't care. Tonight, I'm in the hands of fate. I hand myself over on a plate...'). A brilliant Depeche Mode album and an excellent example of English pop at it's best.
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