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04.13.09 Depeche Mode Ranked

Depeche Mode Ranked

From best to worst
1Depeche Mode

It's at the top of most DM lists for good reason. The dream team of producers (Flood, Francois Kervorkian) mixed with timeless classics like Enjoy The Silence and Personal Jesus would almost be enough, but it's the songs you've never heard of (Halo, Clean, World In My Eyes) that make it the masterpiece.
2Depeche Mode
Black Celebration

Largely forgotten, and dated from a technological point of view, Depeche still wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for this brooding effort from 1986. Inaccessible, obsessive, paranoid; the most 'Depeche' sounding album. You can almost smell the pot through the speakers.
3Depeche Mode
Songs of Faith and Devotion

Right after being called progenitors of house and techno, DM decided to find out what happened when grunge met synths. A bit of a mess, but some killer songs.
4Depeche Mode

After dying for three minutes, Dave Gahan hooked up with his bandmates again. Trip-hop was an influence this time, and though very much an album of two halves, each had its merits.
5Depeche Mode
Playing The Angel

Far too frontloaded, but the hammerblow of the first five songs is enough. It also recovers by the end.
6Depeche Mode
Music for the Masses

This is the sound of their music blown up for stadiums. An album of alternative torch songs that was lapped up by KROQ and American youth at the time.
7Depeche Mode
Some Great Reward

Up til this point a shiny electro-pop band, SGR was where they first discovered the joys of leather and blasphemy. Several vicars complained.
8Depeche Mode
Sounds Of The Universe

A new twist; they started to consider the bright side of life. Fans across the globe pass out.
9Depeche Mode

Far too many joss sticks. Nice enough, but only if you do yoga.
10Depeche Mode
Construction Time Again

Kids with a new toy: the sampler. Cue a barrage of metallic clanks as they constructed entire songs from scrapyards. Calm down.
11Depeche Mode
Speak and Spell

First album. Bubblegum, in musical form. Lyrics about being 'just like a rainbow'. Also, an instrumental called 'Big Muff' lol
12Depeche Mode
A Broken Frame

The last song, 'The Sun & The Rainfall' is great. If you listen to the rest, brace thyself.
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