Ultra

Ultra

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by Depeche Mode
     
 

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When news surfaced in 1995 that Alan Wilder had departed Depeche Mode to concentrate on his solo project Recoil, the immediate concern among fans was whether the band would be able to hit past heights again. Though Wilder's profile was always much lesser than that of Martin Gore and David Gahan -- and almost even that of Andy Fletcher, whose nonperformance live has

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When news surfaced in 1995 that Alan Wilder had departed Depeche Mode to concentrate on his solo project Recoil, the immediate concern among fans was whether the band would be able to hit past heights again. Though Wilder's profile was always much lesser than that of Martin Gore and David Gahan -- and almost even that of Andy Fletcher, whose nonperformance live has always been a running joke in the fan community and who freely admits to generally being around merely to maintain a vibe with his childhood friend Gore -- his capability at arranging the songs over the years gave the band its increasingly distinct, unique edge. Combined with Gahan's near suicide and lengthy recovery from drugs, things looked bleak. Happily, Ultra turned out a winner; hooking up with Tim Simenon, longtime U.K. dance maven and producer of arty fare such as Gavin Friday's Adam 'n' Eve, Depeche delivered a strong album as a rejuvenated band. The most immediate change was Gahan's singing; for the first time ever, he took singing lessons beforehand, and his new control and projection simply shines, especially on the marvelous "It's No Good," a pulsing, tense, yet beautiful song with another deeply romantic Gore lyric. Opener "Barrel of a Gun" continues in the vein of arena-level stompers like "Never Let Me Down Again" and "I Feel You," with huge drum slams and scratching to boot, but Ultra mostly covers subtler territory, such as the slightly creepy "Sister of Night" and the gentle "The Love Thieves." Gore sings two winners: the orchestral, slow dance groove "Home" and "The Bottom Line," featuring steel guitar and Can's Jaki Liebezeit on drums, distinctly different territory for Depeche. Closing with "Insight," a quite lovely, building ballad, Ultra showed Depeche wasn't ready to quit by any means.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
Label:
Mute Uk Indie
UPC:
0094638416821
catalogNumber:
148

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Depeche Mode   Primary Artist
Keith LeBlanc   Drums
David Clayton   Keyboards
B.J. Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
Danny Cummings   Percussion
Daniel Miller   Synthesizer
Doug Wimbish   Bass
Gota Yashiki   Drums
Jaki Liebezeit   Percussion,Drums
Victor Endrizzio   Percussion

Technical Credits

Q   Engineer
David Gahan   Contributor
Martin Gore   Composer,Contributor
Anton Corbijn   Art Direction
Paul Conboy   Producer
Kerry Hopwood   Programming
Alan Fletcher   Contributor

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Ultra 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
what can i say this album make me a big DEPECHE-MODE fan the sound is perfect very Deep and the lyrics keap me going to listen to ULTRA again and again one unik cd!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD will satisfy everyone, from fans of trance, to fans of pop, and even the good old Goth crowd who made Depeche Mode famous. Dark and mysterious, it's perfect for a rainy night spent with a bottle of wine and a few candles. I haven't spoken to anyone who doesn't love this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is amazing! The music is eerie and dark; I enjoy how they use all kinds of different instruments to make the music that way. I enjoy the vocals, too - the singer has a soothing, interesting voice. So, if you have an open-mind to music, or like Depeche Mode already, then check out the samples and if you like what you hear then BUY THE CD!!!!! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!! (I sure wasn't.)
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