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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 Alan 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 ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 Alan 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • Label: Mute Uk Indie
  • UPC: 094638416821
  • Catalog Number: 148

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Barrel of a Gun (5:35)
  2. 2 The Love Thieves (6:34)
  3. 3 Home (5:42)
  4. 4 It's No Good (5:58)
  5. 5 Uselink (2:21)
  6. 6 Useless (5:12)
  7. 7 Sister of Night (6:04)
  8. 8 Jazz Thieves (2:54)
  9. 9 Freestate (6:43)
  10. 10 The Bottom Line (4:26)
  11. 11 Insight (6:26)
  12. 12 Junior Painkiller (2:09)
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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
Mike Marsh Mastering
Anton Corbijn Art Direction
Paul Conboy Producer
Kerry Hopwood Programming
Alan Fletcher Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something for everyone

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    from someone who became a big Depeche mode fan from Ultra

    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!!

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