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Paper Monsters

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
On his solo debut, Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan doesn't stray far from the hypnotic electronic dance pop made famous by his two decade-spanning band. The lead single, the honky-tonk rocker "Dirty Sticky Floors," is reminiscent of DP's devilish "Personal Jesus," with background vocals that recall Gahan's androgynous bandmate, Martin Gore. With Gahan taking the reins, however, the bulk of Paper Monsters lacks the ingredient that fuels Depeche Mode, the contrasting vocal chemistry between Gahan's baritone and Gore's falsetto-prone delivery. On the other hand, the absence of Gore -- who pens most of DP's hits -- allowed Gahan the creative freedom to co-write all ten...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
On his solo debut, Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan doesn't stray far from the hypnotic electronic dance pop made famous by his two decade-spanning band. The lead single, the honky-tonk rocker "Dirty Sticky Floors," is reminiscent of DP's devilish "Personal Jesus," with background vocals that recall Gahan's androgynous bandmate, Martin Gore. With Gahan taking the reins, however, the bulk of Paper Monsters lacks the ingredient that fuels Depeche Mode, the contrasting vocal chemistry between Gahan's baritone and Gore's falsetto-prone delivery. On the other hand, the absence of Gore -- who pens most of DP's hits -- allowed Gahan the creative freedom to co-write all ten of the album's songs and to work with producer Ken Thomas Sigur Rós, who lends the album a less ominous rock sound. Lyrically, Gahan hews to themes he's explored with Depeche, such as addiction the synth-driven "I Need You" and redemption the symphonic "Black & Blue Again". He does switch gears, however, on the sparse and haunting "Stay," which pushes his pleading vocals to the fore and suggests the Alan Parson Project's dreamy "Time." Although the disc falters on the corny "Hidden Houses," which sounds like a Goth Scooby-Doo theme, Paper Monsters offers more than enough thrills to satisfy even the most critical Depeche Mode diehards.
All Music Guide - Don Kline
As the lead vocalist for Depeche Mode, Dave Gahan appeared to be far removed from the common trappings of rock & roll stardom. Although the group often flirted with gloomy overtones throughout their career, they maintained a largely squeaky-clean image. By the early '90s, however, Gahan had moved to L.A., gotten hooked on heroin and booze, and immersed himself in the grunge scene. When Depeche Mode regrouped to record Songs of Faith & Devotion, Gahan had transformed himself into the perennial junkie. As his addictions worsened, Gahan lost his friends, lost himself, and for a few short minutes, lost his life before paramedics revived him after an all-night drug binge. Following Gahan's journey through both physical and mental rehabilitation, Paper Monsters is what many would expect -- a collection of material culled from his addictions, failed relationships, and spiritual rebirth. While the lyrics on Paper Monsters lack some of the depth and clever irony associated with those of bandmate Martin Gore, Gahan masters innuendo, often hiding the true identities of his subjects. As the titles suggest, "Dirty Sticky Floors" and "Bottle Living" are glam-induced snapshots of Gahan's days spent at rock-bottom. "Hold On" and "A Little Piece" each offer a glimpse into Gahan's reconciliations with a higher power, while "Bitter Apple," "Black and Blue Again," and "Goodbye" shed light on his relationships, both bad and good. On "I Need You" and "Hidden Houses," Gahan sounds as though he could be addressing all of his subjects at once. Additionally, "Hidden Houses" offers his most naked moment on the album: "Inside each man is a frightened lamb who hides beneath the sheets/Waiting for a chance to just be free." Having toyed with the idea of releasing a solo album ever since Depeche Mode released Exciter, Gahan approached the project slowly. Initially shy and even a bit scared, it wasn't until he began jamming with friend and multi-instrumentalist Knox Chandler that he gained the confidence he needed to get serious about releasing an album of his own material. They, along with producer Ken Thomas Sigur Rós, began shaping Gahan's ideas into a mix of swampy blues-injected rock, slick urban electronica, and atmospheric balladry. Paper Monsters is a competent solo debut, and although it doesn't stray too far from the Depeche mold, Gahan does manage to put his own stamp on the songs. While it doesn't shy away from recalling his past demons, Paper Monsters ultimately points toward his optimism for the future.
Blender - Tony Power
There's enough quality to suggest that -- after 2001's optmistically titled Exciter -- Depeche Mode could use a few Dave Gahan songs.

There's enough quality to suggest that -- after 2001's optmistically titled Exciter -- Depeche Mode could use a few Dave Gahan songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2003
  • Label: Emi International
  • UPC: 724358379129
  • Catalog Number: 5837912

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dirty Sticky Floors (3:35)
  2. 2 Hold On (4:17)
  3. 3 A Little Piece (5:12)
  4. 4 Bottle Living (3:33)
  5. 5 Black and Blue Again (5:43)
  6. 6 Stay (4:20)
  7. 7 I Need You (4:45)
  8. 8 Bitter Apple (6:01)
  9. 9 Hidden Houses (5:02)
  10. 10 Goodbye (5:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Gahan Primary Artist, Harmonica, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Vocals, fender rhodes
Knox Chandler Dulcimer, Bass, Guitar, Cello, Keyboards, Sampling, Vibes
Paul Garisto Drums
Victor Indrizzo Drums
Dee Lewis Background Vocals
Doug Petty Piano
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
Antoine Silverman Violin
Joan Wasser Violin
David Gold Viola
Maxim Moston Violin
Technical Credits
Knox Chandler Programming, String Arrangements
Ken Thomas Producer
Mike Marsh Mastering
Anton Corbijn Art Direction
John Collyer Programming
Jonathan Adler Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Congratulations Dave

    A fabulous first for Dave Gahan. The songs are written with such feeling and deep meaning. A look inside the heart and mind of a man who has struggled with so much. I love it!! Way to go Dave.

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