Violator

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
In a word, stunning. Perhaps an odd word to use given that Violator continued in the general vein of the previous two studio efforts by Depeche Mode: Martin Gore's upfront lyrical emotional extremism and knack for a catchy hook filtered through Alan Wilder's ear for perfect arrangements, ably assisted by top English producer Flood. Yet the idea that this record would both dominate worldwide charts, while song for song being simply the best, most consistent effort yet from the band could only have been the wildest fantasy before its release. The opening two singles from the album, however, signaled something was up. First was "Personal Jesus," at once perversely simplistic, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
In a word, stunning. Perhaps an odd word to use given that Violator continued in the general vein of the previous two studio efforts by Depeche Mode: Martin Gore's upfront lyrical emotional extremism and knack for a catchy hook filtered through Alan Wilder's ear for perfect arrangements, ably assisted by top English producer Flood. Yet the idea that this record would both dominate worldwide charts, while song for song being simply the best, most consistent effort yet from the band could only have been the wildest fantasy before its release. The opening two singles from the album, however, signaled something was up. First was "Personal Jesus," at once perversely simplistic, with a stiff, arcane funk/hip-hop beat and basic blues guitar chords, and tremendous, thanks to sharp production touches and David Gahan's echoed, snaky vocals. Then "Enjoy the Silence," a nothing-else-remains-but-us ballad pumped up into a huge, dramatic romance/dance number, commanding in its mock orchestral/choir scope. Follow-up single "Policy of Truth" did just fine as well, a low-key Motown funk number for the modern day with a sharp love/hate lyric to boot. To top it all off, the album itself scored on song after song, from the shuffling beat of "Sweetest Perfection" well sung by Gore and the ethereal "Waiting for the Night" to the guilt-ridden-and-loving-it "Halo" building into a string-swept pounder. "Clean" wraps up Violator on an eerie note, all ominous bass notes and odd atmospherics carrying the song. Goth without ever being stupidly hammy, synth without sounding like the clinical stereotype of synth music, rock without ever sounding like a "rock" band, Depeche here reach astounding heights indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/1990
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992608121
  • Catalog Number: 26081
  • Sales rank: 9,156

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 World in My Eyes (4:27)
  2. 2 Sweetest Perfection (4:43)
  3. 3 Personal Jesus (4:55)
  4. 4 Halo (4:30)
  5. 5 Waiting for the Night (6:07)
  6. 6 Enjoy the Silence (6:12)
  7. 7 Policy of Truth (4:55)
  8. 8 Blue Dress (5:38)
  9. 9 Clean (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Depeche Mode Primary Artist
Andrew Fletcher Synthesizer
David Gahan Vocals
Martin Gore Synthesizer, Group Member
Alan Wilder Synthesizer, Group Member
Technical Credits
Depeche Mode Producer
Steve Lyon Engineer
Roland Brown Reissue Producer
Flood Producer
Andrew Fletcher Contributor
David Gahan Contributor
Martin Gore Composer
Alan Gregorie Engineer
Goh Hotoda Engineer
Peter Iversen Engineer
François Kevorkian Engineer
Phil Legg Engineer
Daniel Miller Liner Notes
Dennis Mitchell Engineer
Pino Pischetola Engineer
Simon Heyworth Remastering
Anton Corbijn Original Sleeve Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    LP rules!

    I know this recording so well, using it as a car stereo test disc in competitions and loading the cassette tape version in my walkman on 10 mile walks. But there is so much more information in the LP grooves, that there's new information coming at you all the time. The cassette tape version comes the closest to this vinyl version but it didn't last long and copies were not as good as the original tape. Vinyl LP still rules!

    Leaving the format asside, Depeche Mode hits all the right electronic buttons on this jamming, sensitive, catchy, kaleidescope of a recording. "Exciter" is next for me: On vinyl! JM

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Goth at its best

    In a word: Fabulous. I enjoyed this CD,especially Let Me Show You The World Through My Eyes. If you have never tried Depeche Mode, this is the CD to start wtih. Enyoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Thir best album ever, blew me away the first time i've heared it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    words are very unnecessary....but here are some words anyway

    depeche mode's most succesful and most original and stylish album to date. includes their most succesful single: personal jesus. and of course the dance favorite: enjoy the silence. there are 3 dm categories: 80's 90's/after2000 and 1990 which consists of the one and only album violator. this 9-track collection is the greatest escape from reality. the only disappointment it will bring is the end of the final track. of course u can always push repeat. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Super!!

    As all of their other albums, this is one of the absolute best CDs ever!! I love every single track. You have to hear it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best!!!

    This is definately one of the best albums ever! I love the song ''clean'' because it holds so much meaning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A masterpiece in itself

    Perfect,absolutely perfect,from the beggining to the very end. Probably the best of artist. I trully enjoyed in it,and I still do. Great job,guys...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enjoy The Silence

    Words are very unnecessary...Excellent album!Depeche Mode at their best!The lyrics are awesome and the sounds take you to another place!Each and every song is beautiful and unique!Waiting for the night to fall...Simpy beautiful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums EVER!!

    Defenitely one of the best albums ever made in the 20th century. David Gahan has the most perfect voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST CD EVA

    this is the best cd i have ever heard in my life! i can't say only one song is the best but i prefer sweetest perfection as one of the best songs of all time!!! a must for all depeche mode fans!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest cd EVER!

    Depeche Mode's Violator is sooooo perfect, filled with awesome melodies and hooks. The songs blend together as if it were a concept album. Dave, Martin, Andy, and Alan(not in DM anymore)made the BEST cd of all time with this one!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    enjoy this album!!!

    The best Depeche Mode album next to Black Celebration. One of the few albums that I can listen to from start to finish. Truly the best.

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