Depeche Mode - Exciter (2007 Digital Remaster)(CD) - £2.99 @ Play.com/Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Reduced to clear. Maybe not their absolute best, but definitely worth a punt at this price IMHO.

Next Best: Woolworths £5.00

Overview
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It's rare to find bands capable of keeping their own best qualities to the fore while trying something new each time out, but Depeche Mode demonstrate that balance in full on the marvelous Exciter. Arguably the first album made by the group as a cohesive unit since Violator (and bearing some resemblance to that record in overall title and song names — compare "The Sweetest Condition" with "The Sweetest Perfection"), Exciter finds the trio again balancing pop catchiness with experimental depths. As with Ultra, an outside producer helps focus the end results in new, intriguing directions — in this case, said producer is Mark Bell, known for his work with Björk but also as part of Warp Records' flagship act LFO, which always acknowledged their own debut to Depeche. Bell's ear for minimal, crisp beats and quick, subtle arrangements and changes suit Martin Gore's songs beautifully. If there are few storming arena-shaking numbers this time out, the exquisite delicacy throughout is addicting, with Gore's guitar providing slippery and stinging leads to the smoky, romantic flow of Exciter. "When the Body Speaks" is a particular winner, his gentle work and a backing string section combining just right. David Gahan's voice, already audibly benefiting from lessons on Ultra, is even more supple and passionate than before, ranging from the fuller delivery on the snaky charm of "Shine" to the haunting album-closer, "Goodnight Lovers," a romantic lullaby with perfect counterpoint backing vocals. Gore's own singing remains equally fine, as does his lyrical obsessions on, well, obsession — "Breathe," which quotes more Bible names per verse than most preachers, makes for a good example on both fronts. When the band fully crank it up, the results work there too — "The Dead of Night" makes for a far superior nod to Gore's glam roots and Depeche's own industrial dance descendants than Songs of Faith and Devotion's "Rush" did.

Track Listings
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1. Dream On
2. Shine On
3. Sweetest Condition
4. When The Body Speaks
5. Dead Of Night
6. Love Theme
7. Freelove
8. Comatose
9. I Feel Loved
10. Breathe
11. Easy Tiger
12. I Am You
13. Goodnight Lovers
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#1
showing £10.99 at play.com £2.99 amazon
#2
I guess Play sold out of clearance stock. Here is direct link to Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000KN9G4S/mffindcd-21

Since Amazon only seem to ever price match others, it's likely that their price for this will rise in the next few hours also.
#3
Top Album! Best band in the world -
New DVD out next moth!
#4
Top Album! Best band in the world -
New DVD out next moth!
#5
One of their worst (although not as bad as "Sounds of the Universe"), but definitely still worth three quid of anyone's money =)
#6
Some good tracks on there but most of it is dross - definitely DM's worst album release. As a hardcore DM fan for over 20 years, I don't say that lightly!
#7
Not one of their best, but still worth buying if you like DM or electronic music.
#8
electronic garbage
#9
bridge house
electronic garbage


You must be thinking of a different band.
#10
i love this one
#11
Enjoy the heat........
#12
There worst album so far....still for £2.99 worth it
#13
My all time fave band and would agree the albums released post millennium were not as good as the 80's/90's.
#14
It's certainly not their best (or worst), but I still enjoy listening to all of their albums.
#15
jonhoggy
My all time fave band and would agree the albums released post millennium were not as good as the 80's/90's.

Playing the Angel is easily one of their best for me... unlike Sounds of the Universe which is utterly awful.
#16
If you dont own a DM CD, then start with Violator, followed by Music For The Masses then Back Celebration. Bottom of the list would be Speak and Spell. I've been listening to SOTM in the car this week , and actually quite enjoy it.
#17
Agree with skdotcom - Violator is definitely *the* DM album to buy to start your collection. Other albums worth buying include Music for the Masses, Songs of Faith & Devotion and the more recent Playing the Angel. Sounds of the Universe (their latest release) is pretty good but not as good as Angel... oh, and I really like 'Ultra' (Barrel of a Gun is a classic!) but others really don't rate it.

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