Martin Gore
Counterfeit (EP)



by DutchDevotee USER (7 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2012 | 7 replies

Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In 1989 Martin L. Gore, the principal songwriter from Depeche Mode, gave the world his own take on six of his favourite songs. In true synth style, this EP shook my world.

In 1989 Martin L. Gore recorded and released his first solo album, or rather EP. He didn’t want to use any of his own songs, which he felt were meant for Depeche Mode. Instead he choose six of his own favourite songs and recorded them, using a rough synth style. I got this album (on vinyl) for my 19th birthday back then, and it still gives me shivers whenever I listen to it.

The album starts off gently with Compulsion. originally recorded by Joe Crown. Martin’s version contains hints of the metal sound that dominated the Depeche Mode sounds during the mid 80’s. In a way you could say the song was retro, even back then. Starting with a plain piano, the song builds up without ever getting too big to damage the song. Next comes the beautiful In a matter of speaking from Toxedomoon. Martin doesn’t add to much to the original, which is very wise since the songs is beautiful as is. The best song on the A-side of the vinyl is The Durutti Column’s Smile in the crowd. The song combines tough words with a love exclamation over sparse synths. The vocals from Martin compliment the song very well.

The first song on the B-side, Gone from the Comsat Angels, is much more up-tempo and has a good drive. Especially the bridge is haunting, when Martin croons:
You used to be so young
Used to be so young
It was going to take so long
It had almost gone

Great stuff!

Following Gone, you get Never turn your back on Mother Earth by Sparks. This songs is the most acoustic one on the album and shows the most of DM in the way Martin presents it. His voice uses a much higher range and fits the song smoothly. Strange enough I thought this song was a traditional, but that ‘honour’ goes to Motherless child. The closer of the album is short and contains very little lyrics. It has a back track that nowadays would be considered very full, but back in the day the song was probably so empty that people were turned off by it. To me, the song is a perfect ending to an almost perfect album. The only thing that could have been better is the fact that the album only contains six songs. Other than that, it is a perfect EP that fits the end of the 80’s fantasticly.

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January 23rd 2012


Martin Gore is DM, this is just a coverup

Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2012


Back in '89 it was Gore and Wilder who did a lot of the studio work and arrangements.

Digging: A Swarm of the Sun - The Woods

January 23rd 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

i'm a total Gore fanboy. i kinda of just wish he sang most of DM's songs.

January 23rd 2012


No way man. Gahan's voice is much more suited for DM as the main vocals.

Digging: Unleash The Archers - Apex

January 23rd 2012


Vocals: Gahan > Gore. I'm a HUGE Depeche fan - that's how i started out on this site; reviewing their discog; but i have to admit i've never heard this. Maybe i'll get around to it but these Essex lads work best together.

January 24th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5

@ Tom93M: listen to both Counterfeit albums! Perhaps the second (the 'squared version') will appeal more instantly, but please give the EP a fair chance as well.

October 16th 2015


Nice review, pos'd.
Sweet album.

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