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Black Celebration [CD/DVD]
     

Black Celebration [CD/DVD]

by Depeche Mode
 

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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

Overview

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. [A 2013 reissue added a second disc of remixes, live versions, and Dolby digital tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2013
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0888837707824
catalogNumber:
1111437
Rank:
12460

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Black Celebration
  2. Fly On the Windscreen
  3. Question of Lust
  4. Sometimes
  5. It Doesn't Matter Two
  6. A Question of Time
  7. Stripped
  8. Here Is the House
  9. World Full of Nothing
  10. Dressed In Black
  11. New Dress

Disc 2

  1. Depeche Mode: 1985-1986
  2. Black Celebration
  3. Fly On the Windscreen
  4. A Question of Lust
  5. Sometimes
  6. It Doesn't Matter Two
  7. A Question of Time
  8. Stripped
  9. Here Is the House
  10. World Full of Nothing
  11. Dressed In Black
  12. New Dress
  13. Black Celebration
  14. Fly On the Windscreen
  15. A Question of Lust
  16. Sometimes
  17. It Doesn't Matter Two
  18. A Question of Time
  19. Stripped
  20. Here Is the House
  21. World Full of Nothing
  22. Dressed In Black
  23. New Dress
  24. Black Celebration
  25. A Question of Time
  26. Stripped
  27. Shake the Disease
  28. Flexible
  29. It's Called A Heart
  30. Fly On the Windscreen
  31. But Not Tonight
  32. Breathing In Fumes
  33. Black Day
  34. Christmas Island

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