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Music Monday: Depeche Mode Review

If you’re reading this, then you’re talking to a real music lover. No, I do not play any instruments, and I can’t carry a tune, but let me try and assure you of my love for music in this instance of my childhood. When I was in the womb of my also music-loving mom, Bow Wow Wow came out with a song called “I Want Candy.” This song was played continuously until it was promptly thrown out of the car window never to be seen again. That was when tapes were still around before CDs and iPods allowed us to blast past a song in the blink of an eye. Flash forward to me at four, dancing around the house and singing the song word for word to my mom’s amazement. Luckily, I didn’t shatter any glass, but I think that was before my lungs had become fully developed. See, now you know what you’re dealing with: a true music nut.

My love for music really started at my first concert, though: Depeche Mode at the age of eight. We’ll skip my first real concert of NKOTB (for all you youngsters, that’s New Kids on the Block) because honestly, who would tell people that was their first concert? Woopsie! I just told people that. YIKES! So, in honor of the concert I will acknowledge as my first, Depeche Mode’s Violator will be my first review for Music Monday.

Promotional Vinyl of "Violator"
Promotional Vinyl of “Violator”

Violator’s nine tracks are filled with sounds of seduction, anger, love, and sadness. It’s mind blowing that a band could evoke so much emotion from one album when most music today has trouble evoking even one emotion, let alone four separate ones. The song “Sweetest Perfection” brings out feelings of passion, love, and longing. If you really listen to the words and let them take you over, it might give you chills (I know it gives me chills). Even by today’s DJ standards, “World in My Eyes” has a pulse-pounding beat, proving that Depeche Mode was substantially ahead of their time using synthesizers right along with instruments and vocals in their music, introducing a whole new genre. Even if you’re not a New Wave fan, you have to give the pioneers their just desserts. “Personal Jesus,” “Halo,” “Clean,” and “Policy of Truth” show the group’s tenacious desire to discuss religion in their lyrics. Modern bands have a hard time tackling this and Depeche Mode stood up and shouted what they believe in. Even if you don’t agree with their point of view, you have to agree that takes some serious courage.

“Waiting for the Night to Fall” is my personal favorite from this album. It’s so melodic and Dave Gahan’s voice imparts a sense of letting things go and beginning the next day more alive. All of the songs are amazing, honestly. There isn’t a single track that I don’t like or wouldn’t listen to again, or tell someone they were out of their minds for never having heard before. I actually had the privilege of seeing Depeche Mode for a second time a few years ago, and let me tell you: they still don’t disappoint, they’re still spot on, and would make an amazing addition to anyone’s album collection or concert roster. I know they’re on my list to see a third time if I ever get the chance.

Stay tuned for more throwback music reviews as I introduce you to a new artists or remind you of a long lost music love you once had!

Images used belong to Depeche Mode, and can be found on the band’s Facebook page.
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