Some Great Reward

Some Great Reward

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by Depeche Mode
     
 

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The peak of the band's industrial-gone-mainstream fusion, and still one of the best electronic music albums yet recorded, Some Great Reward still sounds great, with the band's ever-evolving musical and production skills matching even more ambitious songwriting from Martin Gore. "People Are People" appears here, but finds itself outclassed by some of See more details below

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The peak of the band's industrial-gone-mainstream fusion, and still one of the best electronic music albums yet recorded, Some Great Reward still sounds great, with the band's ever-evolving musical and production skills matching even more ambitious songwriting from Martin Gore. "People Are People" appears here, but finds itself outclassed by some of Depeche Mode's undisputed classics, most especially the moody, beautiful "Somebody," a Gore-sung piano ballad that mixes its wit and emotion skillfully; "Master and Servant," an amped-up, slamming dance track that conflates sexual and economic politics to sharp effect; and the closing "Blasphemous Rumors," a slow-building anthemic number supporting one of Gore's most cynical lyrics, addressing a suicidal teen who finds God only to die soon afterward. Even lesser-known tracks like the low-key pulse of "Lie to Me" and the weirdly dreamy "It Doesn't Matter" showcase an increasingly confident band. Alan Wilder's arrangements veer from the big to the stripped down, but always with just the right touch, such as the crowd samples bubbling beneath "Somebody" or the call
esponse a cappella start to "Master and Servant." With Reward, David Gahan's singing style found the métier it was going to stick with for the next ten years, and while it's never gone down well with some ears, it still has a compelling edge to it that suits the material well.

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Release Date:
09/11/2007
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0093624994572
catalogNumber:
234172

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Some Great Reward 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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My all time fav ''People are People''!! Awesome tune and lyrics!!. On ''Somebody'' is that a heartbeat at the end? And is Martin playing the piano himself? On ''Blasphemous Rumors'' another fav, I like the beat and sultry lyrics Dave sings. You have to be a DM devotee to appreciate the lyrics Martin writes. It leaves you to wonder who started the rumors in the first place!!SAY ITS NOT SO!!
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Truly, this album holds so many memories! This era was the best, as it defined Depeche... "It doesn't matter"... What can I say? I must have played this song hundreds of times, with my stereo speaker in the window so the love of my life,(since age 7) Steven Venegas would hear it! Just listening to Depeche's albums on the turntable! This is a must-have for anyone interested in classic Depeche Mode! (A ? of lust... Love u 4ever Steve)
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