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Depeche Mode Music For The Masses is 30!

Discussion in 'Comeback corner' started by simes1970, Oct 9, 2017.

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    Released on 28th September 1987 the album title was actually supposed to be a laugh but ended up breaking the band in the US. An excellent Coherent LP. My personal picks singles aside are Nothing and Sacred. Never Let Me Down Again is a classic. Martin's The Things You Said is one of my favourite track's sung by him. This though is the lowest placed new release LP by the band in the UK just getting inside the Top 10 at 10. And for an atmospheric instrumental this LP had loads from Pimpf to my favourite Agent Orange which for you listening pleasure is below.
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  2. Upon discovering Depeche Mode's back catalogue late last decade, MFTM was one of my favourite albums by them for a good period, it was my go-to album before I discovered Songs of Faith & Devotion.
    It's got the dark anthemic elements of Black Celebration and switches it up fivefold, this time with powerful catchy numbers such as Strangelove, Never Let Me Down Again and Behind the Wheel. I love that they created a darker version of Strangelove purely because the single version wouldn't fit with the rest of the tracks on the album, in terms of mood, when does that thought process go into an album in 2017?

    Also, I agree with Agent Orange, so haunting and atmospheric, it builds a picture in my head, I never used to like instrumentals and this b-side helped open up my mind and realise not all songs need vocals in order to be a good song.

    Favourite tracks have to be Nothing, Sacred and To Have and to Hold, this dark track sounds like it came straight from The Cure's Pornography album (the title track in particular).
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  3. Yep amazing album, perfect progression from Black Celebration and brilliant live on 101.
  4. This was the first DM album I bought in real time, I'd never heard of them until 1987!
    They became my favourite band ever from that day and still are.
    No one has ever made an album quite like MFTM before or since, if this album came out today it would still sound like its from the future...
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  5. I like how 'Behind the wheel' and 'Running up that hill' are basically the same theme sung from a different perspective!
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  6. I just can’t get into this album ... I have tried and tried and it never does anything for me ... It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s just an album ... Given the albums that bookend this one, I have no idea why it’s not for me ...
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  7. I kind of know what you mean. At the time, they had just made the most phenomenal single of their career (at least to me, it flopped on the charts) in Never Let Me Down Again. I'd been hammering the 12" single, just as I'd done with Strangelove. So you'd have thought the album would have immediately knocked me for six.

    It didn't.

    I put it down to a few things; my failing health by the actual release date (I'd collapsed a few weeks earlier, and it seemed to signal the start of a rapid decline), the way NLMDA segues into the next song in a less convincing way than the opening trio from Black Celebration, and also the album mix of Strangelove which I have never really liked. I also found the non-singles all a bit drab, the dynamism was missing in tracks like Behind The Wheel, Sacred and even Nothing feels like it's being held back. There was a potentially epic vibe to their sound at the time, best evidenced on the 12" mix of NLMD, and I guess I was expecting a less constrained, safe sounding album.
  8. Ah, NLMDA Split mix

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