Black Celebration [Rhino US CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Whether the band felt it was simply the time to move on from its most explicit industrial-pop fusion days, or whether increased success and concurrently larger venues pushed the music into different avenues, Depeche Mode's fifth studio album, Black Celebration, saw the group embarking on a path that in many ways defined their sound to the present: emotionally extreme lyrics matched with amped-up tunes, as much anthemic rock as they are compelling dance, along with stark, low-key ballads. The slow, sneaky build of the opening title track, with a strange distorted vocal sample providing a curious opening hook, sets the tone as David Gahan sings of making it through "another ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Whether the band felt it was simply the time to move on from its most explicit industrial-pop fusion days, or whether increased success and concurrently larger venues pushed the music into different avenues, Depeche Mode's fifth studio album, Black Celebration, saw the group embarking on a path that in many ways defined their sound to the present: emotionally extreme lyrics matched with amped-up tunes, as much anthemic rock as they are compelling dance, along with stark, low-key ballads. The slow, sneaky build of the opening title track, with a strange distorted vocal sample providing a curious opening hook, sets the tone as David Gahan sings of making it through "another black day" while powerful drums and echoing metallic pings carry the song. Black Celebration is actually heavier on the ballads throughout, many sung by Martin Gore -- the most per album he has yet taken lead on -- with notable dramatic beauties including "Sometimes," with its surprise gospel choir start and rough piano sonics, and the hyper-nihilistic "World Full of Nothing." The various singles from the album remain definite highlights, such as "A Question of Time," a brawling, aggressive number with a solid Gahan vocal, and the romantic/physical politics of "Stripped," featuring particularly sharp arrangements from Alan Wilder. However, with such comparatively lesser-known but equally impressive numbers as the quietly intense romance of "Here Is the House" to boast, Black Celebration is solid through and through. [Rhino issued a CD/DVD edition of the album in 2007. The first disc contains the album in remastered form; the second disc provides the album in 5.1 sound, a short film, and 11 bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 093624998754
  • Catalog Number: 108604
  • Sales rank: 61,760

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black Celebration (4:57)
  2. 2 Fly on the Windscreen-Final (5:18)
  3. 3 A Question of Lust (4:23)
  4. 4 Sometimes (1:54)
  5. 5 It Doesn't Matter Two (2:51)
  6. 6 A Question of Time (4:09)
  7. 7 Stripped (4:17)
  8. 8 Here Is the House (4:16)
  9. 9 World Full of Nothing (2:48)
  10. 10 Dressed in Black (2:34)
  11. 11 New Dress (3:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Black Celebration
  2. 2 Fly on the Windscreen-Final
  3. 3 A Question of Lust
  4. 4 Sometimes
  5. 5 It Doesn't Matter Two
  6. 6 A Question of Time
  7. 7 Stripped
  8. 8 Here Is the House
  9. 9 World Full of Nothing
  10. 10 Dressed in Black
  11. 11 New Dress
  12. 12 Black Celebration
  13. 13 A Question of Time
  14. 14 Stripped
  15. 15 Shake the Disease
  16. 16 Flexible
  17. 17 It's Called a Heart
  18. 18 Fly on the Windscreen
  19. 19 But Not Tonight
  20. 20 Breathing in Fumes
  21. 21 Black Day
  22. 22 Christmas Island
  23. 23 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Depeche Mode Primary Artist
Martin Gore Group Member
Alan Wilder Group Member
Technical Credits
Roland Brown Producer, Writer
Martin Gore Composer
Roger Johnson Engineer, Digital Editing
Gareth Jones Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Daniel Miller Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Alan Wilder Composer, Executive Producer
Simon Heyworth Mastering
Anton Corbijn Art Direction
Mark Higenbottam Cover Art
Kevin Paul Engineer
Dave Allen Engineer
Lyle Moraine Composer
Trigger Engineer
Ross Hallard Director
D.A. Jones Cover Art
Phil Michael Lane Director
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