Best Depeche Mode Albums - All Albums Ranked & Rated (2023)

On March 24 the launch ofdepeche wayMemento Mori's fifteenth studio album, an aptly titled returnthe death of band co-founder Andy Fletcher in 2022. It's a relief to hear that the remaining members, Dave Gahan and Martin Gore, have kept the essential 'fashion vibe' intact, with lead single 'Ghosts Again' a typically dark electronic beauty promising another solid performance. After all, it has a lot to offer.

So it seems that the time has come to evaluate the extensive catalog of the Basildon band. Here's our definitive ranking of all Depeche Mode albums to date.


"Building Time Again" (1983)

Something has to come to an end, and what's better than the first time Depeche Mode tried to go industrial? Inspired by the German experimentalists Einsteinde Neubauten, DM decided that it all meant moving concrete slabs and banging on pots. Another alarming development was that Martin Gore pulled out a guitar for "Love, In Itself."top of the bang. But for all the crap like "Pipeline," "Shame" and "More Than A Party" (rock and roll fad, anyone?), there's an "Everything Counts" to ease the pain. Call it a "transition" record.


„Gist“ (2017)

After nearly 30 years of exploring the dark side of an already sordid experience, Depeche Mode finally allowed the real world into their majestic lyrical palette on this 2017 team-up with new producer James Ford. That means "wrong leaders" (saucy ballad "The Worst Crime"), "corporations" getting the "breaks" (robot rocker "Poorman"), and Gore getting "orhey we're screwed' in the frankly less than happy send-off 'Fail'. The campaign got off to a good start with the unsolicited endorsement of American far-right star Richard Spencer:to which Gahan addressed with typical Essex brevity ("He's a jerk")- but beyond the krautrock snarl of "So Much Love", the record fades, too bleak even for these dukes of the surly.


"A Broken Frame" (1982)

It could all have gone wrong when Vince Clarke left after his debut album, but Depeche Mode returned with "A Broken Frame." The only plausible reaction to the opener "Leave In Silence" is "My God, what do we have here?" as DM's new dark heart beat and beat. When we get to Monument, they're making up techno, like Derrick May always said. It then cuts to "Satellite" for cod reggae and everyone looks embarrassed.

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"A Great Reward" (1984)

On one side you have the ridiculous hits like "People Are People" and the S&M festival of "Master And Servant"; on the other, the screeching of "Stories Of Old" and the bombastic emptiness of "Something To Do." In the middle is Gore's magnificent "Someone" and the general critical opinion of him. We stay here by the fence. It is the end of the first phase, with the crucial "Singles 81-85" just around the corner.


"Emotion" (2001)

Now a quantum leap into the future. Depeche Mode had emerged from the dire '90s with a singer who had "died" and returned to get a piece of the songwriting action. Gahan would understand that next time, but Gore bears sole responsibility here (for the last time, mind you), presiding over the masterful, bluesy "Dream On," the steam-bomb synth ballad "Comatose," and the electro doo-wop of closer. to 'Good night lovers'. On the buttons for the only time isLFO's Mark Bell creating an album full of texture and depth.


"Sounds of the Universe" (2009)
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After a four-year hiatus, they barely missed a beat on Depeche Mode's twelfth album in three decades of their career. As with 2005's "Playing The Angel," Gahan has three songwriting credits, but that doesn't help his mood. "words can break you inside', he squawks in 'Hole To Feed'. Elsewhere, he's behind the meandering acid and throbbing blues of "Miles Away/The Truth Is" and the frontman of "Corrupt," Gore's riotous, slow bastard with charming lines,"I could spoil you / It would be easy / to see you suffer / girl, I would like to.“Here nobody becomes softer.


"Talk and Spell" (1981)

Go back up. Now that DMs are these grey-haired veterans with guitars to smash their signature synths and songs wallowing in dirt and squalor, it's easy to forget there was a time when they barely needed a razor blade between them, and had to this type ofextinguishrear. "Speak & Spell," however, is a glorious synth-pop debut from theKraftwerk-on-popper from "I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead" to "Just Can't Get Enough," a record that will continue to fill floors decades after Gahan's eventual death.



"Delta Machine" (2013)

Released just 12 months later'ssss'- Gore's VCMG collaboration with Vince Clarke - "Delta Machine" soaked up the remnants of that retro techno and spat out a dozen hissing, thumping baker tracks ("Heaven," "My Little Universe") influenced akiiiieeet akiiiieeet. .. even Gahan remembered that he was now a grizzled bluesman. The singer had worked with the swamp rock production duo.Seelenretterat the top, and its sleazy spirit seeps into the fatal beat of "Secret To The End" and the sleazy grunge of "Slow" on an album low on laughs but heavy on wet, heavy glam. party in

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"Playing Angel" (2005)

"Playing The Angel," the best "Mode" result of this century so far, was the first to be directedBlurYU2Producer Ben Hillier and the first to include some of Gahan's songs. Regardless of who wrote them, the tracks move like horror machines through lurid industrial zones, with vicious sermons on "John The Revelator" and outrageously twisted guitar sirens on "A Pain That I'm Used To." Then "Precious" is all smooth and dynamic, so many strings at the moment.


Ultra (1997)

Gore wrote the songs, but Ultra is all Dave Gahan: My Drugs Hell. Or, "This is what happened when we mettrent reznor“. To be honest, DM had givennine inch nailsenough inspiration that it's only natural for them to come to a similar point. The "Mode" gets there with their unparalleled pop chops - check out the distorted, hard-hitting "Barrel Of A Gun" and the muscular "It's No Good". However, the uncharacteristically warm pedal steel "The Bottom Line" hits the mark.


"Songs of Faith and Devotion" (1993)

In which Basildon Man becomes baritone Jesus. Completely out of his mind, Gahan became a depressed rock guy, using all the righteousness he possessed to snarl over the bawdy riffs of "I Feel You," collapsing in front of his lord on the mighty gospel of "Condemnation." and after one to search for morsels of redemption in 'Higher Love'. "Judas" is a bitCanyon Monarch, Geist.

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"Music for the Masses" (1987)

"Music For The Masses" is so good that "Behind The Wheel" can start out like Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now" and still Depeche Mode loses none of its black punch. Other highlights include the monster career-long live hit "Never Let Me Down Again," the retro-kinky electro "Strangelove," and the satanically miserable "Pimpf" as the band takes their first baby steps toward their greatest triumph.


"Black Celebration" (1986)

But first an equally important notch in the "mode trajectory". On the heels of the earlier "Singles 81-85" storyline, "Black Celebration" sounded like a relief, as if the era of teen pop (as twisted as it was) was over and they could now get down to the serious business of singing."You're only 15 and you look good / I'll take you under my wing / Someone should"Ohhhhkaaay. Seedy lyrics aside, the album stands out for the somber title track, Gore's atmospheric "A Question Of Lust," the dubious live favorite "A Question Of Time," the somber, needy anthem" Stripped" and the grandiose pop-noir of ' Dressed in 'Schwarz'. It's a statement of intent that they continue to deliver.


"Rapist" (1990)

After their amazing live album 101 from 1989 (not included here because it's a live album), everyone knew Depeche Mode was big trouble. For the uninitiated, these plink-plonk synth-boppers from Essex had just broken through the state's almighty stadium style. It was also a bit of a shock to those in the know. However, after "Violator" no one was surprised. It followed last year's buzzing, muscular "Personal Jesus," which featured a "Mode" more comfortable in his skin than ever before, still capable of pop hits like "Enjoy The Silence" and "Policy Of Truth." refine their creepy, menacing ballads on 'Halo' and 'Sweetest Perfection.' AsNew orderWith "Technique" Depeche Mode had returned a year earlier better than ever to show upstarts how it's done.

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