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Old 02-12-2013, 12:42 AM   #76
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That was pleasant enough on first listen. I definitely enjoyed the first half of the album better than the second. I'm not sure Depeche Mode is totally up my alley, which is why I never listened in the first place. But this was by no means bad and is deserving of another spin. It's piqued my interest enough to check out another album or two that people have been recommending in here.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:05 AM   #77
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We'd probably be able to recommend the next one based on what you liked and disliked. Violator, for example, is "cleaner" and a bit more downbeat overall.

If you really, really liked I Feel You, then going ahead to Ultra might be the best bet.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:11 AM   #78
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I just listened to SOFAD as well. I like the single version of "In Your Room" (which I'm most familiar with) better than the album version. I hadn't heard the second half of the album more than a couple times, but "Rush" and "Higher Love" are both quality tracks.

It's amazing how different this album sounds from say "Music For The Masses" just two albums earlier.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:26 AM   #79
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We'd probably be able to recommend the next one based on what you liked and disliked. Violator, for example, is "cleaner" and a bit more downbeat overall.

If you really, really liked I Feel You, then going ahead to Ultra might be the best bet.
I liked I Feel You, but I think Higher Love was my favorite on first listen.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:28 AM   #80
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It's amazing how different this album sounds from say "Music For The Masses" just two albums earlier.
There were definitely changes before and after, but I feel like there's a definite demarcation line between Music for the Masses and Violator. They became a much more mature band
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:39 AM   #81
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What album do I need to start with, having heard only people are people, just can't get enough, personal jesus, and one other I can't remember, when just can't get enough is the only one I really liked?
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None. You'll hate them all

(But maybe Speak and Spell if you like the super poppy stuff. It can get pretty cheesy though)

Actually, listen to Music for the Masses
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:42 AM   #84
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So I've re-listened to Songs of Faith and Devotion. Wow. Absolutely blown away by how good this album is, from beginning to end.

The first three songs make up the best opening trilogy in Depeche Mode’s entire discography for me. “I Feel You” is an absolute monster, a song with a grunge attitude that doesn’t sound anything like the genre. That bluesy riff is dirty in the best way. “Walking In My Shoes” still stands as one of the band’s best songs. Everything about it clicks perfectly. The distorted keyboard that kicks things off, the lyrics, the way the whole song builds to the final chorus, all excellent. “Condemnation” has one of Gahan’s best vocal performances of his career. Everything about the sound feels so organic, which adds weight to Gahan’s emotional vocals.

The rest is just as good. “Mercy In You” could have easily been a huge hit single too. “Judas” is a gorgeously laid-back tune that brings out another great vocal from Gore. I love those pipes in the beginning. “In Your Room” surprisingly took a while to grow on me, but that chorus is undeniably great, especially when combined with that rhythm. “Get Right With Me” is one of the most industrial songs the band has ever done, just based on the drums alone. I love when the guitar comes up after Gahan says the song title. To put it simply, “Rush” is a complete rush. A kickass album track to keep the second half going strong. I would love to hear the band play this one again. “One Caress” manages to make those strings sound both beautiful and really haunting. A slightly creepy song that keeps you coming back to listen again. While “Higher Love” is my least favorite song on the record, I think it’s a better closer than “Clean” and it definitely builds to a satisfying conclusion.

Yeah, after listening to it now, I can definitely say this is my favorite DM album out of the ones I’ve heard, which are Music for the Masses, Violator, Exciter, Playing the Angel and Sounds of the Universe. It’s really a shame that Alan Wilder left after this record, because combined with Violator, it really showed Depeche Mode reaching their peak potential and I don’t think they’ve had that as consistently a three-piece. I’m really glad I gave this album another listen.
Enjoyed reading your post. You described pretty well why Songs of Faith and Devotion is my favourite DM album.
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None. You'll hate them all

(But maybe Speak and Spell if you like the super poppy stuff. It can get pretty cheesy though)

Actually, listen to Music for the Masses
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Violator is still my favorite of theirs, but I tend to like most of their albums up to Ultra.

In the spirit of this thread, I shall listen to some DM while at work today.
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Giving Violator another chance now. I'll try Songs of Faith and Devotion after that.
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I have my last ever uni exam on Thursday so maybe as a parting gift I will download heaps of stuff on their wifi.

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